Mt Kilimanjaro

The highest freestanding mountain

Mount Kilimanjaro is the continents highest peak, and one of Africa's most magnificent sighs. The highest freestanding mountain in the world, rising from cultivated farmlands, through lush rainforest to alpine meadows, and at last in between lunar landscape up to the twin summits of Kibo (5.895 m) and Mawenzi (5.149 m) peaks.The lower forests are home to many animals, including buffaloes, leopards and monkeys, and higher up, occasionally the mountain Eland, but these are all rarely sighted.

Routes There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain (Mweka is used only for descent).

The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north. The illustrations below depict a three-dimensional view of Kilimanjaro's climbing routes and a close up of the approaches to the summit.

Kilimanjaro's snow-capped peak at 5895 m (519,345 feet) rises up from the surrounding plains and is regarded by many as one of the most magnificent sights in Africa. It is a traveler's dream to climb to the summit and watch the sun rise over the East African Bushland. Climbing from hut to hut, the African landscape unfolds in all its majesty down below. The goal for many is Uhuru Peak, the pinnacle of the climb. For those born of an active spirit, our Kilimanjaro climb is designed to satisfy.


Africa's highest mountain, 5.895 m above sea level Three extinct or dormant volcanoes, Kibo (5.895 m), Mawenzi (5.149 m) and Shira (3.962 m) Rises 4.800 m up from the plains Cover 4 square kilometres 40 kilometres across at its widest point

An active volcano?

Kilimanjaro still vents periodic puffs of sulphur and steam. There have been many discussions, and quarrels about this phenomenon. But a thorough study in the 1950s found that the answer to the pressing question of an imminent eruption was that Kilimanjaro was dormant and all but extinct.

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