Planning for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing safaris? Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in the northeastern part of Tanzania alongside the Kenyan boarder and stands at 5,895 meters high. It’s a dormant volcano mountain comprising of three cones; the highest is called Kibo, also known as Uhuru in Swahili to mean “freedom”. Its the most popular Tanzania safari destination. Though climbing the mountain is very easy, beware of altitude sickness which makes many not to reach to its highest summit. Mount Kilimanjaro’s Kibo cone is the highest point in Africa. It rises to 5,896 meters above sea level. Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free standing mountain. The youngest peak of volcano which is Aldo. The highest has got a form of volcanic cone with a caldera linked with a seven kilometer saddle. Mount Kilimanjaro massif stretches 80 kilometers and contains of three extinct volcanoes pf shira, Mawensi and Kibo. There’s a town called Moshi at the southern part of Kilimanjaro slopes which is the base for ascending to the mountain. Kibo peak has permanent ice cap while Mawensi has semi permanent ice patches and seasonal snow. The Kilimanjaro area is populated by the Chagga, Mbugu, Kane and the Pare people. Temperatures can reach up to 80° Fahrenheit at day time and can drop to 0° during night time. You can find a shower at the camps but the water will be frigid. Its illegal to hike mount Kilimanjaro without a local guide hence, make sure you book with a recognized tour operator like Focus East Africa Tours who will help you get one. 25,000 people attempt to climb Kilimanjaro every year with two third successful and the rest failing to reach the summit mostly because of altitude sickness. See some Kilimanjaro Safaris below.
Mount Kilimanjaro is home to 179 bird species and 140 species of mammals. Some people claim to have spotted buffalo and elephants. The name Kilimanjaro has got various translations from different local tribal languages others mean “mountain of greatness” “little mountain” “mountain of the cold devils” “mountain of caravans” “shining mountain and so much more. There’s a book stored in the wooden box at the summit of Kilimanjaro. Most of the climbers who succeed to reach the summit write their thoughts in this book. Almost every kind of ecological system can be found on Mount Kilimanjaro starting from cultivated land, rain forests, heath, moorland, alpine desert and arctic summit. The best time for climbing Kilimanjaro is from June to October and January and February.
When to go on Kilimanjaro Tours
Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in the east part of Africa in Tanzania,. Its Africa’s highest mountain and the worlds highest free standing mountain. The mountain offers panoramic views of Africa that your unlikely to forget in a life time. The mountain is visited by over 50,000 tourists every year and has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The main activity is mountain climbing though there are also other minor activities. There are six scenic routes used for exploring Mount Kilimanjaro.
After a volcanic activity on the mountain, the challa crater was formed at the shadow of mount Kilimanjaro. The sight of the lake is beautiful to behold. The color of the lakes water varies from turquoise blue and emerald green. The only accommodation available here is lake challa safari camp. On the western part of Kibo lies the Shira plateau. Its positioned in one the mountain trekking routes. This caldera plateau can be walked on and you feel the remnants of the volcanic activity of over 500,000 years ago. Occasionally, you will come across elephants and buffaloes in this plateau.