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About Mount Kilimanjaro National Park


Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain and one of the continent's magnificent sights, it has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The name itself "Kilimanjaro" is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans.

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. The landscapes are 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.

The Park Size: 1668sqkm, 641sq miles.

Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.

Getting there- 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha. About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro Airport

What to do

- Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes.

- Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches.

- Visit the beautiful Chala Crater Lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.

NOTE:

- Climb slowly to increase your acclimatization time and maximize your chances of reaching the summit.

- To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountain