Mt. Kilimanjaro is situated inside the
Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania; it is the highest
mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on
earth. Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed by any physically fit
person. One of the first westerners to climb Kilimanjaro was Mr.
John Rebmann, a German missionary in 1841. He announced to the
world the existence of Great Mountain “capped in a glacier”.
Mount Kilimanjaro is composed of three peaks: Kibo (5895m)-
whose highest peak is Uhuru Peak, Mawenzi (5150m)- which is a
technical climb - and Shira (3962 m). After reaching a height of
5910m during its last major eruption about 360,000 years ago,
Kibo has been eroded by glaciers, rivers and landslides to its
present height. It is believed that Kilimanjaro like its
neighbor, Mt. Kenya is loosing glaciers due to global warming.