The doors of Stone Town, Zanzibar, add much to the character of the town and with the buildings make up the architecture that earned it a World Heritage listing. The coralline walled houses of the ancient city are simple and imposing but their most distinctive feature is their doors. The door was the visual statement of the occupant's status in society; the greater the wealth and social position of the owner of the house, the larger and more elaborately carved his front door was.
Rising majestically above the African plains, the 20,000-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro has beckoned to climbers since the first recorded summit in 1889. Here are 10 interesting facts to help inspire your own future summit:
1. Mount Kilimanjaro the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world – at an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).
2. Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again. The most recent activity was about 200 years ago; the last major eruption was 360,000 years ago.