Kilimanjaro Caving Expedition Successful; Lava Tubes Discovered

November 16, 2011 / Tanzania, Africa
A Lava Tube Discovered on Mount Kilimanjaro

Photo via Kilimanjaro Caving

After two years of planning, the first Kilimanjaro caving expedition has met with success. The three member team returned from Africa last month after finding ten significant lava tubes located on the mountain.

After their arrival in Tanzina on September 16th, the cavers set out for Kibo, the main volcano of Kilimanjaro, to search for tubes. By September 27th the team had already discovered the first lava tube ever found on Kibo near their camp, marking the expedition an early success.

During their 17 day long adventure, they found an additional nine tubes between 5 to 50 meters (15 to 150 feet) long and 0.3 to 3 meters (1 to 10 feet) high on both the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Two of the lava tubes found on Mawenzi’s southern slope are considered to be the highest in the world, with one at 4,365 metres (14,320 feet) and the other at 4,387 metres (14,393 feet) above sea level.

In addition to the surface lava tubes the team also discovered other more complex caves whose origin is still unknown trench tubes, another type of lava tube and lots of shelters and blisters, with some of the larger ones often being used by buffalo for the soda salt that is in the rock.

We look forward to the full report currently being compiled by the team.

Gallery [Kilimanjaro Caving] & World’s Highest Lava Tunnels Found On Mt Kilimanjaro [allAfrica.com]

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