After a day of frustration in Nairobi due to a late start by the tour company we made it to Amboseli National Park just as the sun was setting and the clouds were lifting from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. With the light fading fast I snapped this photo of the mountain as we sped down the road.  Although I have traveled to many of the parks in Kenya, I had yet to make it to Amboseli and so when my trip to Samburu National Park in northern Kenya fell through I decided it would would be a perfect time to visit. Amboseli is renowned for it’s elephants and the views of the volcanic, Mount Kilimanjaro.  Mt. Kilimanjaro contains virtually every ecosystem on earth – glacier, snowfields, deserts, alpine moorland, savannah, and tropical jungle and a hike up the slopes is said to be comparable to a trip from the equator to the North Pole.  It is the tallest mountain in Africa at  a height of 5895 meters or 19,340 feet and it also holds the title of the tallest free-standing mountain in the world rising 4900 meters or 16 000 feet above the plains at its base.  While it is located entirely within Tanzania some of the best views are from Kenya.

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