Located in Kenya, along Africa’s Eastern coast and just south of the Equator, Mount Kenya is the second highest peak on the African continent. The mountain itself is a massif, a geological feature that consists of a group of peaks clustered together in close proximity. The peaks of Mount Kenya and their respective heights are: Batian at 5,199 meters or 17,057 feet; Nelion at 5,188 meters or 17,021 feet; Point Lenana at 4,985 meters or 16255 feet. Mount Kenya is an ancient extinct stratovolcano, which is the same kind of volcano as famous Mt. Vesuvius and Mt. Krakatoa. First climbed in 1899, Mount Kenya has become a popular attraction since, for both climbers and sightseers alike.
Mt Kilimanjaro rises out of the plain like a giant solitary cake. From below it appears all flat across the top, ready for the candles to be put into the snowy white icing. Appearances can be a little deceptive though, this majestic sight is actually a serious endeavour for those wishing to climb it. Kilimanjaro is but a remnant of it’s former self at 5896m, the top having been blown off in a volcanic explosion some millions of years ago. The ‘flat’ top is actually a crater rim, with three separate peaks. Kibo is the highest point in all of Africa, with Mawenzi and Shira slightly lower. The now dormant crater is snow filled and vast. Originally the mountain is thought to have been higher than Everest.