I climbed Kili in 1998, summiting at X-mas morning, creating a very special experience. Not only was this the first of my “7summits”, but it was quite amazing to have a white X-mas close to the equator in Africa!
5 years later I flew over Kili when working on the Planet Race. Most of the crew and contestants were asleep due to the brutal working scheme, but I knew that this image was going to appear as it was amazingly clear when flying from Nairobi. You can see 3 peaks in the image, at the left bottom is Mwenzi Peak, in the center is Kibo Peak. Both of them are part of the Kilimanjaro mountain, with Uhuru Peak -the highest point and therefore the Summit of Africa- being the highest point of the crater rim on Kibo.
In the back you can see Mt Meru, a separate volcano, about 60km away from Kibo, close to the city of Arusha.
Kilimanjaro was known for its impressive glaciers, but they are dissappearing at an alarming speed as can clearly be seen on this image. It does not matter what you think of the different theories for the reason for Global Warming, fact is it is happening and yes, though I actively try to limit the size of my footprint impact on the earth, flights like mine are definitely not improving the situation.
If you want to enjoy the experience of hiking between glaciers close to the equator, you better be very quick, as these glaciers might be gone forever in the next decade..