Around the world in Cessna 182

March 28, 2004
Mtwara, Tanzania (HTMT) to Nairobi, Kenya (HKRE)

Sunday evening in Salt Lake City and Monday early morning in Mtwara (3:45). I got ready, created my flight plan, did pre flight and took off towards the big volcano, Mt. Kilimanjaro. This was an exciting flight as I was looking forward to seeing this great mountain. Since the direct route from Mtwara to Nairobi would have taken me more-less over the highest peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro I created the flight plan that took me over the Kilimanjaro VOR instead. Cessna 182 just cannot fly that high.

From Mtwara I followed the heading of 339 which took me directly to Kilimanjaro VOR, and from there the heading of 355 to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. I started early as the first part of the flight was not scenic, so it was OK to do it in complete darkness. The Sun did come out though, by the time I got to Mt. Kilimanjaro so I was able to make few pictures (see below).

Upon the takeoff, the weather was completely clear, and I was hoping that would hold, but it did not. I flew into really thick clouds some 45 minutes into the flight. Luckily, by the time I got to the main attraction of this part of my trip, Mt. Kilimanjaro, the weather decided to cooperate and I was able to see the summit through the clouds. I really wish I can go there in real life, and climb the summit. That must be very nice.

HKRE airport in Nairobi is not their main, international one, which is good as I was able to avoid traffic jam. I did not get to enjoy the benefits of the ILS, but that was still a good trade off. I left the plane, parked on the grass, next to a building and a palm tree, I hope that was OK.

Pre Flight Check

Leaving Mtwara

Flying by Mt. Kilimanjaro

Final approach to Nairobi

Parked at the Nairobi airport
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