Mount Satima

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Mount Satima, also known as Mount Lesatima and often abbreviated to Satima or Lesatima, is the third-highest mountain in Kenya and the highest in the Aberdare Range. The Maasai name is Oldoinyo Lesatima, which has a variety of alternative spellings, such as Ol Donyo Le Satima, and means "mountain of the bull calf".[3]

Mount Satima
Mount Satima is located in Kenya
Mount Satima
Mount Satima
Location in Kenya
Highest point
Elevation4,001 m (13,127 ft) [1][2]
Prominence2,081 m (6,827 ft) [1]
Coordinates0°20′59″S 36°37′00″E / 0.34972°S 36.61667°E / -0.34972; 36.61667Coordinates: 0°20′59″S 36°37′00″E / 0.34972°S 36.61667°E / -0.34972; 36.61667
Parent rangeAberdare Range

The peak lies at the northern end of the Aberdares, which themselves are along the eastern side of the Great Rift Valley, and is their highest point. Around it stand a number of sharp volcanic cones called "the Dragon's Teeth".[4] There are moraines between 3,600 and 3,800 metres on the north west of the mountain.[5] One book on Kenya has called the mountain itself "a craggy bluff of rock and tussock grass around which the clouds swirl".[6]

See alsoEdit

Maasai people | Aberdare Range | Cloud forest


  1. ^ a b "Africa Ultra-Prominences" Listed as "Oldoinyo Lesatima". Retrieved 2012-01-10.
  2. ^ New Encyclopædia Britannica vol. 1 (2005): "The range has an average elevation of 11000 feet (3350 m) and culminates in Oldoinyo Lesatima (13120 feet [3999 m]) and Ilkinangop (12815 feet [3906 m])."
  3. ^ Mary Fitzpatrick, Matthew Fletcher, David Wenk, Trekking in East Africa (Lonely Planet Publications, 2003), p. 190
  4. ^ Fodor's Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles (Fodor's Travel Publications, 1990), p. 65
  5. ^ S. Hastenrath, The glaciers of equatorial East Africa (1984), p. 58
  6. ^ Mohamed Amin, Duncan Willetts, Brian Tetley, Kenya: the magic land (Bodley Head, 1988), p. 126

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