Kilimanjaro National Park

The Roof of Africa

Enjoy the stunning beauty of the 'roof of Africa'… Kilimanjaro!

This is the highest peak on the African continent and also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding savannah elevation around 900 m to 5,895 m above sea level.

This snowy peak mountain stands as an imperious overseer of the continent making itself to be known as the summit of Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa, is the highest free standing mountain in the world and one of the largest volcanoes ever to burst through the Earth's crust.

Mount Kilimanjaro rises high above the open African plains in Tanzania to an impressive 5,895 m (19,340 ft). Two of the peaks are dormant but a third, Kibo, shows signs of activity and is thought to still be live.

Kilimanjaro is so immense that it contains five climate zones, each about 1,000 m in height. From bush and grassland to dense rain forest, moorland, alpine desert and finally to the arctic zone with only rocks and ice.

Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at dawn
Tent on Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a journey from the tropics to arctic, all within the span of roughly a week. Climbing to the top of Africa's Kilimanjaro is quite an accomplishment and can be achieved a lot easier if you are properly prepared for the trek. This means you need to take along the right clothing and equipment and be prepared for the altitude adjustment.

Conquering Mount Kilimanjaro means you will have to hike through rocky terrain, grassland and forest. You also need to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions including cold winds and hot sun. Make sure you cover your neck and face during the climb as they can easily blister. A windbreaker will also help as the wind is usually what drives the temperature down on the mountain.

There are different climbing routes you can choose. The routes approach the mountain from different sides and they vary in length, difficulty, scenery and other aspects. Marangu and Machame are the most popular. Other routes are Lemosho, Rongai, Shira and Umbwe.

The shortest routes are 5-6 days and the longest 7-8 days. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley and the Maasai steppe during your trekking. Also you can do a Kilimanjaro day hike before you start your safaris to the national parks or even after your safari.

Signpost at Stella Point, Mount Kilimanjaro

Activities

In Kilimanjaro National Park you can do:

There are six usual trekking routes to the summit. Many visitors who come here want either to see or climb Kilimanjaro, but there are more to see and do within the park's borders.

Day tour hiking to the Mandara hut on the Mount Kilimanjaro is a 6-8 hours walk.

How to Get There

128 km (3 hours) from Arusha and 2 hour drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

When to Go

June to March.

Experience Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro stands 5,895 m (19,340 ft) above sea level. Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits.

Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing, you need to be in a fit and healthy state with a good all-round condition and determination as well.

Contact our experts on how you can include Kilimanjaro in your itinerary.

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