On our way home from Tanzania we flew from Zanzibar to Kilimanjaro and then on to Addis Ababa where we had a layover before continuing to Madrid. It was a long journey, but in the middle we had a wonderful surprise.
Upon leaving Kilimanjaro airport, our pilot announced, “you are all lucky today! We have been cleared on a flight path directly over Mt. Kilimanjaro. As we are climbing, I’ll take off the fasten seatbelt sign so you can all look out the right side windows at the crater. Have your cameras ready.” The excitement was palpable as we took off.
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent of Africa, and is a giant dormant volcano. The peak is so high as to maintain glaciers and snowpack all year (though climate change is eroding this). From a distance it looks like a typical volcanic cone, though its most often shrowded in clouds. Most people visit the Serengeti without getting a view of it, but we lucked into a personal fly-by!
We had been on the left side of the plane, but half way through the climb, true to his word, the pilot turned off the fasten seatbelt sign and I bustled over to the right side which wasn’t full. I snapped some pictures, but also took video. As the plane turned, I returned to the left side where the kids were peering out as we banked left and got another amazing view of the crater. These guys are so lucky for such a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Here is the video!