Mount Kilimanjaro is a national park in Tanzania, located 300 km South of the Equator, situated in Kilimanjaro Region. At the heart of the park is the 5895m Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and one of the continent’s most majestic sights. Kilimanjaro is also one of the world’s highest volcanoes, and the highest free-standing mountain on Earth, rising from cultivated farmlands on the lower slopes, through lush rainforest to alpine deserts, and finally across a lunar landscape to the summits of Kibo and Mawenzi.
Kilimanjaro consist of five main vegetation zones from the lowest to the highest point, including lower slopes, montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and summit. The whole mountain including the montane forest belt is very rich in species, in particular mammals, many of them endangered species.
Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination.
But there is so much more to Kilimanjaro than just the summit, because the whole expedition is one of a kind climatic world tour, starting from the tropical rainforests to the arctic conditions on the very top.
30km from Moshi, and 128 km drive from Arusha. About one hour from Kilimanjaro airport.
What to do
- Six trekking routes to Uhuru Peak
- Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
- Visit the beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes
- Materuni and Marangu waterfalls and coffee tours