It appears to be the ultimate Bond villain hideout – a den where evildoers like ERNST STAVRO BLOFELD, LE CHIFFRE, Francisco Scaramanga, and Dr. Lyutsifer Safin from the 007 James Bond films Spectre, No Time to Die, Casino Royale, and Skyfall may plot their global dominance.
However, this ominous image is really a rare aerial view of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s dormant volcano and highest peak.
Photographer Kyle Mijlof captured the image while flying above the 5,895m mountain that spans Kenya’s and Tanzania’s borders from a height of 60,000 feet.
Mr Mijlof used a Canon 5D mark II digital camera to capture the photograph via the window of his plane.
Despite the fact that he didn’t see any Bond villains, he was delighted with his photograph.
‘Apparently we were extremely lucky to be able to observe the mountain like this and were only able to do one fly by,’ said Mr Mijlof, a South African.
‘I’ve never seen any shots of the mountain like this, just from the base and from individuals who were fortunate enough to reach the peak, but never of the acid lake as I did in this snap.’
‘It was such a magnificent sight.’
‘I drove around the mountain twice and never noticed it since it was cloudy both times.’
‘My friends who live in the Maun and Arusha areas say they had only ever seen the mountain in its entirety maybe twice because it is clouded for the most of the year.’
‘I’ve seen many images of the mountain before, but pulling one off with this panache is challenging,’ said London-based photographer and tour operator Paul Goldstein, who last month hiked Kilimanjaro carrying a 9ft plush tiger for charity.
25,000 climbers attempt to reach the peak of Kilimanjaro each year, which is located barely 200 miles south of the Equator. Just for the record, James Bond is loved all over the world and his films are a success here in Tanzania.