Flying past the roof of Africa

kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro, 'The Roof of Africa' and just under 20,000 feet high. It's located in Tanzania, just across the border from Kenya

We caught a small twin otter aircraft that flew us from the capital down to the coast. You don’t fly particularly high and it’s very noisy (and no bathroom). The journey is about 1.5 hours.

I am in love with Kilimanjaro – ‘the roof of Africa’. At just under 20,000 feet above sea level it’s the highest mountain in all of Africa (and the highest free-standing mountain in the world). I am adamant that I will climb it in the next couple of years. It’s not a technically challenging climb but the altitude causes a lot of problems – there is only half as much oxygen at the summit as there is at sea-level. Consequently, only about 30% of those who set out to climb it over the week long trek ever reach the summit.

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A short video I took from the plane (can be watched in HD and full screen using the controls in YouTube at bottom of box):

3 thoughts on “Flying past the roof of Africa

  1. You sound like you had the most brilliant time this year (more than before?).
    Plus you have come back full of reading………hope you can still do that a little wven when you’re back at work!

  2. Justin – I really want to, watch this space!

    Birdy – I did have a great time and I think it was better than the last time (3 years ago). Just getting away from work for 2 weeks was really good. And yes, I’m in full-blown reading mode these days. Not quite sure where it came from though!

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