Overview Habituated Chimps What to See & Do Map

Background Information

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain in the world, so can truly be regarded as the roof of Africa. “As wide as all the world, great, high and unbelievably white,” was Ernest Hemingway’s description of this majestic site. Its outstanding features are its three major volcanic centers, Shira in the west, Mawenzi in the east and the snowcapped Kibo in the middle.

To climb Mount Kilimanjaro, at 19,340 feet, is a highlight for many fit adventurers. Hikers pass through zones of forest, alpine and semi-desert before reaching its snowcapped peak. There are several routes to the top, ranging from 5 -10 days, all led by experienced guides and porters. The best time of the year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is mid-December to mid-March. During this time, the sky is clear, the days are mostly sunny and the view of the mountain is good. Alternatively, the period from mid-July to the end of September is also suggested. During these months, most of the days are cloudy but pleasant with no rains. Otherwise the mountain is open throughout the year.

By Road

128 km (80 miles) from Arusha. About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.

  • Huts and campsites on the mountain
  • Several hotels and campsites outside the park in the village of Marangu and town of Moshi

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