Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Mount Kilimanjaro

On my recent trip to Amboseli National Park in Kenya, I was blessed by the breathtaking view of this mountain. She stood before us in all her glory and majesty, peeking through the clouds that surrounded her. I stood in awe at the sheer beauty and splendor of God’s masterpiece.

Because my adventures included stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro, I decided to do a little research about her and share some of what I found with you.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the northern portion of Tanzania in East Africa near the border of Kenya, not far south of the equator within the Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain (not part of a mountain range) in the world and rises 4,877 meters (16,000 feet) above the surrounding plains. It is made up of three volcanic cones and is itself a dormant volcanic mountain last erupting 200 years ago.
  • Approximately 35,000 people attempt climbing Kilimanjaro each year, with only about two thirds being successful. It is estimated that 3 to 7 people die trying to climb Kilimanjaro each year. The causes vary from altitude related sickness, to accidental falls, to hypothermia.  
  • Mount Kilimanjaro boasts nearly every kind of ecological system: cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert, and an arctic summit.
  • Africa’s tallest tree was discovered on Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 measuring an astounding 267 feet in height. It is suspected the tree could be up to 600 years old!

 What a blessing to witness God's creation up close.

Guest blog writer: Cindy Faber