Mount Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s highest peak at 5,896 metres, but this snow-capped icon is also the highest free-standing mountain the world. A source of challenge to the adventurous, each year many intrepid explorers scale its heights to achieve their dream of standing at the very top of Africa. For those less ambitious, Kilimanjaro can still offer outstanding and diverse scenery.
The snowy peaks of Kilimanjaro entice thousands of fearless adventurers each year, taking trekkers on a scenic journey unlike anything else Tanzania has to offer. As you make your way to the top, you’ll trek through a huge range of landscapes and even climates. The mountain rises from farmland and you will ascend through lush verdant rainforest, alpine meadows and on towards a winter wonderland of snow and ice, until reaching the barren lunar landscape at the top. Most climbs are timed to reach Uhuru Peak at daybreak, so you can watch the sun rise from the very top of Africa. We cannot think of a more incredible sight, or achievement.
Despite being the highest mountain on the continent, Kilimanjaro is relatively accessible to anyone with a good level of fitness, although care must be taken to avoid altitude sickness. We can advise on the right route for you, suitable footwear, clothing and equipment, as well as ensuring you have a good team of guides and porters. Read our guide to climbing Kilimanjaro.
Although the main attraction is scaling the heights of the mountain, the breathtaking vistas throughout the climb make the whole journey a rewarding endeavor. While the wildlife here is difficult to spot, when trekking through the rainforest there is a good chance you will see blue monkey and if you’re lucky, the black and white colobus monkey with its long bushy tail. Bird spotters can hope to see malachite sunbird, the silvery-cheeked hornbill and the big white-necked raven, known for scavenging scraps around the campsites.
Often known as the ‘shy’ mountain, owing to its tendency to hide in the clouds, Mount Kilimanjaro is an essential part of any trip to northern Tanzania, whether you want to reach its summit, or simply marvel at its majesty.