Snow-capped Kili still a stunner

2012-05-25 12:35
Kilimanajro snapped in Janaury 2012. Photo: uphili , youtube

Kilimanajro snapped in Janaury 2012. Photo: uphili , youtube

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Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is slowly building up its snow cover, according to a report on

But is it enough to appease scientists who have been predicting the disappearance of the famous white hat for a number of years now? According to the report, the drifts are slowly thickening on the top point of the summit, giving new hopes to environmental watchdogs and tourists that the peak may be recovering its beautiful snowy cap.

Pulling in over 40 000 foreigners and locals each year, Mount Kilimanjaro is certainly Tanzania's biggest tourist attraction.

Sources from Kilimanjaro environmental groups said this precipitation could rise to cover most areas of the mountain, but the effects of climate change and global warming could still affect the peak’s snow layers, which have been becoming thinner and thinner. The snow, which once had disappeared on some parts of the mountain, is said to be piling up again gradually, making a beautiful picture out of the Kibo peak.

Environmentalists had warned that this highest peak in Africa could lose its ice cover and glaciers between 2018 and 2020 unless global campaigns to save the mountain’s ecology were taken and a stop put to rampant tree-felling and unchecked agricultural activity on its slopes.

The writer of this article observed during this week’s flight closer to the mountain, recovering snow piled up, covering the whole mountain peak.

Kilimanjaro Area Governor Mr Leonidas Gama said environmental degradation has to be checked by all possible means lest Kilimanjaro residents live to regret it, adding that after inspecting the natural plants and plantation forests on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro aboard a hired helicopter, he found people harvesting timber, and livestock grazing in different areas, with total impunity.

“The situation has become alarming and has to be arrested now, to restore the former glories of the mountain... one of the World Heritage sites and an absolute destination choice of foreign visitors to our country,” Gama said.

As one of the chief free-standing mountains in the world, Kilimanjaro is composed of three independent peaks or dormant volcanic cones - Kibo/uhuru, Mawenzi, and Shira - covering a total area of 4 000 kilometers. The snow-capped Kibo, with permanent glaciers covering its entire tip, is the highest at 5,895 meters above sea level and is said to be the most attractive sight.

Take a look at these 'Then and Now' images and decided for yourself - and then check out  images of our other must-visit recommendations on Pinterest.

Kilimanjaro snapped in January 2012. Photo: uphili , youtube

A panorama of Mount Kilimanjaro Moshi, Tanzania taken in 2009. Photo: wikimedia commons

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania taken in 2007. Photo: NASA

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania taken in 2000 Photo NASA

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