Above the gently rolling hills and game lands of northern Tanzania rises the spectacular snow-capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, one of Africa’s must-see wonders of nature. With it’s slopes and glaciers shimmering above the rising clouds Mt. Kilimanjaro dominates the surrounding landscape and offers a unique opportunity for a non-technical trek to the rooftop of Africa.
Mt Kilimanjaro is a protected area, carefully regulated for climbers to enjoy without leaving a trace of their presence. The mountain’s ecosystems are as strikingly beautiful as they are varied and diverse. On the lowland slopes, much of the mountain is farmland, with coffee, banana, cassava, and maize crops grown for subsistence and cash sale.
A few larger coffee farms still exist on the lower slopes, but much of the area outside the Kilimanjaro National Park has been subdivided into small plots. Once inside the park, thick lowland forest covers the lower altitudes and breaks into alpine meadows once the air begins to thin. Near the peak, the landscape is harsh and barren, with rocks and ice the predominant features above a breathtaking African view.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. There are no other mountains in the world that can claim the grandeur and offer such breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, Mount Meru and the Masaai Steppe.
Hiking, walking and trekking on the ‘rooftop of Africa’ – the highest point on the continent at 5895 metres – is an adventure of a lifetime, especially because, if paced well, everyone from seasoned trekkers to first-time enthusiasts can scale the snowy peak. A trek to the summit rewards climbers with ever-changing climatic environments from lush rainforest to heath and moorland, alpine desert and, finally, snow and ice. Several very scenic and varied routes lead to the summit with a choice of mountain hut or mainly camp accommodation.