October 31, 2016
2846 TANZANIA (Kilimanjaro) - Kilimanjaro National Park (UNESCO WHS)
Kilimanjaro National Park protects the largest free standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, rising 4877m above surrounding plains to 5895m at its peak. With its snow-capped peak, the Kilimanjaro is a superlative natural phenomenon, standing in isolation above the surrounding plains overlooking the savannah. It is composed of three volcanic cones: Kibo (5895m), Mawenzi (5,149m), and Shira (4,005m). Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again.
The mountain has five main vegetation zones from the lowest to the highest point: Lower slopes, montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and summit. The whole mountain including the montane forest belt is very rich in species, in particular mammals, many of them endangered species. The mountain is drained by a network of rivers and streams, especially on the wetter and more heavily eroded southern side and especially above 1,200m. Below that altitude, increased evaporation and human water usage reduces the waterflows.
About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Ceremonial Costumes of Tanzania, issued on November 30, 2013, about which I wrote here.
The second stamp, depicting Kilimanjaro, was issued in 2011.
Mount Kilimanjaro - Wikipedia
Kilimanjaro National Park - UNESCO official website
Sender: Ahmed Abbas Maswood
Sent from Moshi (Kilimanjaro / Tanzania), on 18.12.2015