Mount Kilimanjaro: the highest peak in Africa, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, and the source of countless legends. Adventurers from across the world come to tackle Kilimanjaro’s slopes – one of the world's most accessible high summits.
Passing from tropical forest to the 5895m high snow-capped peak, the views are stunning as the African continent spreads out below.
Kilimanjaro sits in north-east Tanzania and consists of three volcanic cones; Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Its highest point is the Uhuru Peak at 5895 m, although this is just one of seven summits.
One of Kilimanjaro’s most fascinating features is the virtual climatic world tour that is experienced ascending its slopes. Cultivated foothills at the base soon give way to dense tropical forest from 1850 - 2800m; home to elephant, buffalo, leopard, antelope and primates.
Next comes heath, which by 3200m becomes open moorland, dotted with giant lobelia and groundsels growing up to 4m tall. Above the cloud line, the skies tend to be clear causing hot days and cold nights and vegetation becomes scare.
Beyond 4000m the landscape turns to alpine desert that supports only a few mosses, lichens and hardy flowers. Finally, beyond 5000m lie the rock and ice fields of the summit.
Visitors come to Kilimanjaro to climb. Their reasons may be different but this park is essentially about trekking. From one day hikes in the foothills to 9 day summit ascents, you can choose the difficulty and duration to suit.
Clearest and warmest conditions are December - February, but it is also dry (and colder) from July-September.