Planning to reach Kilimanjaro National Park while on your vacation in Tanzania? This page will guide to all you need to know about this national park in Tanzania and all the hotel and Lodges.
Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why.
Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).
Kilimanjaro Mountain is a World Heritage Site, its outstanding features are its 3 major volcanic centers, Shira in the west, Mawenzi in the east and the snow-capped Kibo in the center. 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. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates. And their memories.
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 footslopes 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.
Location of Mount Kilimanjaro Park:
Near Moshi town, 2 hours drive (128 km) from Arusha or 1 hour drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Things to Do in Mount Kilimanjaro National Park:
Six usual trekking routes through the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve to the summit: Marangu, Mwika, Umbwe, Machame, Shira and Rongai. Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches.
Time to visit Mount Kilimanjaro Park:
Clearest and warmest conditions from December to February, but also dry (and colder) from July-September. The ascent and the descent take 5 to 6 days. The mountain can be climbed by any normally fit person, with the assistance of a guide and porters.
Animals in Mount Kilimanjaro National Park:
Elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates.