12 December, 2008

Safari Notes: Moshi

Moshi. Means smoke in Kiswahili. Situated on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, it must have been named so - due to the clouds and fog that surround the majestic mountain. Serene and with a stunning beautiful scenery surrounding the town of almost 200,000 people and a cool climate, Moshi is a great place to be in. Most visitors and tourists to the Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania, prefer staying in nearby Arusha and not the smaller Moshi; few even visit Moshi. They don't know what they are missing.

Moshi's star attraction is the spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro, and many who trek to the top of the mountain, start their trip from the town. It's sad and unfortunate, that the ice on top of the highest mountain in Africa - is melting fast. The view of the mountain from Moshi, is not what it was twenty years ago; and certainly - furthest from what it was hundreds of years ago when the place was named Moshi. Those naming it never realized that, due to what would be known as global warming, Kilimanjaro's ice would disappear and the pure, sweet waters that flowed from its tops, would too, dwindle, with time.

Would the ice of Mount Kilimanjaro continue melting? Read this and this for more. Maybe, later, years to come, the snows of Kilimanjaro would return. And the fog and smoke, as viewed from Moshi long ago, would be as they were. Then.

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