Location: Northeastern Tanzania
Best Time to Visit: January, February, and September
How to reach: KLM flies directly to Kilimanjaro International Airport from Europe. In addition to them, frequent buses are available to reach Mount Kilimanjaro from Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, and Mombasa via Tanga.
Nearest international airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport
Nearest railway station: Nairobi Railway Station, Mombasa Railway Station
It is one of the most recognizable mountain peaks of the world – the flat tabletop of rising above the wild expanse of the African savanna beneath the mighty Kilimanjaro. Ernest Hemingway rightly said, “As wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Mount Kilimanjaro”. Mount Kilimanjaro with its 3 volcanic cones, namely Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is the world’s highest free-standing, snow-covered equatorial mountain providing a majestic view of the surrounding plains. Images of the lofty snow-covered cone rising royally from fertile green foothills have become one of the most wonderful sights of Tanzania. You could not deny the feelings of awe when the cloud clears to reveal a glance of the towering peaks, shining bright in the equatorial sun.
Activities in Mount Kilimanjaro
A visit to Mount Kilimanjaro and exploring the wildlife of this region should be a must on your tour to Tanzania. Climbing Kilimanjaro is the best part of most travelers’ experiences in Tanzania. There are no other mountains in the world that offer such majestic views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, Mount Meru, and the Masaai Steppe. The experience of hiking, walking, and trekking on the ‘rooftop of Africa’ is really an adventure of a lifetime.
Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Northeast Tanzania near the Kenya border, is described as “everyone’s Everest” because it is the highest walkable mountain in the world. One of the most astonishing aspects of Kilimanjaro is the accessibility of its peak to climbers without any mountain-climbing equipment or real experience of mounting such heights. The mountain climbing in Kilimanjaro is very interesting as you will watch scenic landscapes and forests featuring a variety of wildlife. Apart from them, scrub-thick lands and flowering alpine tundra are always ready to welcome you and you will be simply mesmerized to witness the snow-capped rocks and mountains. Visit Kilimanjaro National Park
Kilimanjaro National Park, located between the Moshi River and Kenyan border, covers the entire region of Mount Kilimanjaro. Montane forest, moorland, upland moor, alpine desert, and alpine bogs represent the vegetation of the park and some of the most common plants and trees found here are scrub plants, grasses like Cyperacease, two distinctive forms of giant groundsel on the upper Mount Kilimanjaro, Senecio, giant lobelia, Podocarpus species, camphorwood and understorey of ferns.
The fauna species usually spotted here are elephants, numerous species of rodents, grey duiker Sylvicapra grimmia and eland Taurotragus oryx, bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus, red duiker Cephalophus natalensis, buffalo Syncerus caffer along with several bird species like lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus, hill chat Cercomela sordida, Hunter’s cisticola Cisticola hunters and scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird Nectarinia johnstoni.
You may go on a Kilimanjaro Safari and visit the world’s largest free-standing mountain. Those who have experienced the adventurous safari to Kilimanjaro really would say they have stood on the Roof of Africa.
Hike to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, come across the diverse species of wildlife and appreciate the scenic beauty of the region.
Related Links :
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=VmJvd9NRG-A: Catch a glimpse of the magnificent snow cap peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in this video!
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=0IfomqZbUgU&feature=related: To find out how it feels to trek Mount Kilimanjaro trail, watch this video! You would be tempted to be a part of this exciting activity that is guaranteed to bring you close to nature at its pristine best.