– “The highest point in Africa & The world tallest free-standing mountain”
At 5896m Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and one of the continent’s magnificent sights, It has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The name itself “Kilimanjaro” is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Mount Kilimanjaro stands proud as Africa’s highest mountain and one of the continent’s most enticing attractions. The tallest free-standing mountain in the world, it rises radically from the plains and coastal scrubland of northern Tanzania, its snowy peak and glassy glaciers piercing the clouds. The park is a protected area, aiming to minimize the impact of human interaction on the environment and wildlife.
It is challenging to conquer this mountain, but the rewards are abundant. The majesty of the mountain and the awe-inspiring views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe are hard to compete with. Part of the attraction of Kilimanjaro is that, with the right preparation and pacing, the peak is within reach for most enthusiastic adventurers, whatever your level of skills or experience.
The terrain and ecosystems evolve around you as you climb, with farmland quickly giving way to dense forests. It is here that you might get a sight of an ever elusive Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, or even the endangered Abbot’s duiker, as well as other small Antelope and Primates. Leaving the forests behind, you’ll find yourself in almost ethereal alpine meadows, cloaked in thick heather and giant lobelias. As you approach the peak, in the ever-thinning air, the last signs of life are left behind and only rocks and ice take over the harsh landscape. Here, on the rooftop of Africa, is where memories are made, earned and cherished.
About Kilimanjaro National Park
Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.
– 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha.
– About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.
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