Kilimanjaro National park

Kilimanjaro National park

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Overview

Covering an area of 1,668 sq km (641 sq miles), Kilimanjaro National park is home to the highest mountain of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Although there are some wildlife, the park is not famous for wildlife viewing like other northern circuit parks.

The mountain has three main volcanic peaks such as Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira among which Shira is the oldest peak and Kibo is the youngest peak.

The majestic mountain is believed to be the mountain of light, greatness and caravans. The giant stratovolcano stands at a height of at 5895m and the glacier peaks touch the clouds.

The ecosystem of the mountain is strikingly beautiful. Coffee, banana, cassava, and maize crops are grown in the lower slopes of the mountain. There are seven official routes to reach the peak such as Marangu Route, Machame Route, Rongai Route, Umbwe Route, Lemoshao Route, Shira Route and the Northern Circuit Route.

Chagga is the oldest culture that is being intimately tied to the mountain. Now the Chagga tribe is one of Tanzania’s richest, largest and powerful ethnic groups because of their fertility of the land.

The Wildlife:

Baboons, civets, mongooses and servals can be seen strolling inside the park. The distinctive black-and-white tail monkey, blue monkeys and chipmunk-like tree hyra are the shy companions.

The Avifauna

The different vegetation zones of Kilimanjaro are great for different types of avifauna. The noisy, scavenging, garrulous white-necked raven is present in almost every region. The impressive variety of birds include alpine chat, the streaky seed-eater, dazzling scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird, colourful robin-chats, cheerful greenbuls, alpine swift, and nectar-loving sunbirds.

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Best Time To Visit

Mount Kilimanjaro is placed near the equator. The location makes the temperature moderately constant throughout the year. The best time to visit the park differs from the best time of summiting the peak of Kilimanjaro.

The dry season (January and February) and (June to August) offers the best view of Mount Kilimanjaro. The trails become slippery during the wet season, so the wet seasons are normally not recommended.

Kilimanjaro National park

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Kilimanjaro National park

How To Go

How To Go

Direct flights from all the International plane terminals are adequately available to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

From Arusha the roadway drive will take two hours. From Moshi the duration is one hour to reach the Marangu Gate.

While from Kilimanjaro International Airport it only takes an hour and a half's drive time.

Uniqueness

  • The park is home to the highest free-standing mountain on the earth.
  • The glaciers covering the peak of the mountain are the main attraction for the hikers.
  • This is the only place where snow is found.
Kilimanjaro National park

Uniqueness

Kilimanjaro National park

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • There is no requirement of any prior mountaineering skill to climb to the summit
  • With 7 possible routes to reach the peak, hikes have a wide range of choices.
  • 5 distinct climate zones are unique and different from each other
  • The mountain gives a panoramic view of encountering some unique creatures.
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Cycling

Cons

  • The wet seasons are quite challenging
  • It’s difficult to choose a tour operator from about 200 licensed tour companies.
  • In the dry season, the mountain experiences more crowds
  • The climbing is quite expensive

Activities

Mount Kilimanjaro offers an array of activities to enjoy. Some of the popular activities include.

  • Trekking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Cultural Visits
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Cycling
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Accommodation

Accommodation

The accommodation choices are wide in Kilimanjaro National Park.

If you want to set aside plenty of time to really make the most of Kilimanjaro National Park, then there are friendly and lovely accommodations. If you wish to summit the peak of the mountain, then camps and huts are there on the climbing routes.

Contact us and choose your most preferred accommodations.

Location

Kilimanjaro National Park is located 300 km south of the equator in Tanzania. From Moshi town, the duration is one hour to reach Marangu Gate. From Arusha, it’s a two hours drive.

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