"The Roof of Africa"
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, is located between 2o50” – 3o10”S and 37o00” – 37o10”E, Northern Tanzania. Its size is 1688 Km2, comprised of two dormant(Kibo 5,895m a.m.s.l and Mawenzi 5,149m a.m.s.l ) and one extinct( Shira 3,962m a.m.s.l ) volcanoes respectively.
It is the world’s highest free standing mountain that rise on the undulating surrounding plain that averages around 1000m above sea level. It was declared a National Park in 1973, officially opened for tourism in 1977, declared a world Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and Natural Wonder of Africa in 2013. The Park Headquarter is at Marangu, about 44km from Moshi Town and 86km from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Best time to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro:
The mountain can be climbed all year round. The main trekking seasons on Kilimanjaro correspond with the mountain’s two ‘dry’ seasons. These are January to mid-March and June to October. Note that it will still probably rain on your trek during these months too – it’s rare to climb without getting rained on at least once. Know that you can even take a climb in the rainy season but there is a much higher chance you’ll encounter rain, and the summits of Kibo and Mawenzi are likely to be wreathed in the thick cloud too.
Indeed, several agencies even suspend their operations in November and December.
It’s true that visibility is less at this time and even your chances of reaching the summit are significantly lower too; that simply isn’t the case. True, once every couple of years or so there may be too much snow, blocking you from reaching the summit. But this is rare. So as long as you are dressed for the conditions then, in our experience, you’ve got just as good a chance of getting to the summit.
Curiously, Christmas and New Year, when the weather is far from perfect, are actually amongst the most popular times for climbing.
About Mount Kilimanjaro
Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, near Moshi town.
The park provides accommodation for Mountain climbers using Marangu route at Mandara, Horombo and Kibo. These huts need a reservation in advance through local tour operators like us. On other routes, there are designated camping sites. Camping sites are also available at Horombo, for climbers using Rongai route. Before or after trek.
What to do!!!!
For Summit Bounder Climbers
- Climb to the Summit (Kibo Peak)
- Mountain Biking via Kilema route (Summit Bound)
- Crater Camping
- Mawezi Climbing (Hans Meyer’s Summit)
For Non Summit Bounder Climbers
- Watching wildlife
- Visit waterfalls (Lauwo waterfall)
- Visiting the Shira Plateau
- Walking through the Mountain Forest
- Day walk to Maundi crater in the park, Lake Chala, and cultural sites such as Kifunika and cultural camps.
- Climb slowly to increase your acclimatisation time and maximise your chances of reaching the summit.
- To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb.