Kilimanjaro National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro rises dramatically from the dry plains to a height of 5895 metres (19,370 ft) and has three major volcanic centres, ‘Shira’, ‘Mawenzi’, and ‘Kibo’. The first sighting of Africa’s highest mountain by a European is attributed to a German missionary, Johann Rebmann, in 1848.
Most travellers visiting Kilimanjaro do so with the aim of making an attempt on the ‘Kibo’ summit, Uhuru Peak, first conquered in 1889. There are a number of routes up the mountain, the ‘standard’ being the Marangu which requires a minimum 4 nights on the mountain (3 up, 1 down). You’ll also need nights either side at the base. Other climbs, notably the Machame and Shira/Londorossi routes, are more exclusive and invariably involve a night or two longer on the mountain. Please ask us for more specific information if you are interested in climbing Kilimanjaro!
With an area of 756 sq kms, the Kilimanjaro National Park includes all the area above the upper tree limit of the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve. Significant numbers of birds and animals inhabit the park, and you might possibly catch sightings of elephant, buffalo, eland, leopard, bushbuck, suni, red duiker, Abbot’s duiker, baboon, and black colobus monkey, but do not consider this as a ‘game-viewing’ park.