Mount Kilimanjaro

mount kilimanjaro tanzaniaMount Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters) is the highest top in Africa and 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, protective clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Peak, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will be rewarded with a climbing certificate.

Kilimanjaro is located close to the city of Moshi and it is protected area. The landscape is as beautiful as varied. The thick lowland forest covers the lower altitudes and breaks into alpine area once the air begins to thin. Near the peak the landscape is harsh and barren, dominated by rocks and ice.

But there is so much more to” Kili” than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic.

Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated foot slopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.

Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.

A round trip takes 5 to 8 days depending on the route you take.