Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Above the gently rolling hills and plateaus of northern Tanzania rises the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, its slopes and glaciers shimmering above the rising clouds. At 5896 meters, Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and one of the continent’s most magnificent sights. It has three main volcanic peaks: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The name itself, “Kilimanjaro,” remains a mystery, wreathed in clouds as is the mountain. Its possible meanings include Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Not even the local people, the Wachagga, have a name for the snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa, except for Kippo, or Kibo. Yet Kilimanjaro, by whatever name she may be known, serves as a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see her you will understand why. The mountain is located near the town of Moshi and is a protected area. It is carefully regulated for climbers to enjoy without leaving a trace of their presence.
The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 sq mi), making this one of the world’s most dispersed countries. It lies between latitudes 1°S and 8°N, and longitudes 72° and 74°E. The atolls are composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, situated atop a submarine ridge 960 kilometres (600 mi) long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs north to south.
Only near the southern end of this natural coral barricade do two open passages permit safe