Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand the reason. Not only the highest peak on the African continent but also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtakingly isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet). It is located in the Northern Tanzania near the town of Moshi in the Kilimanjaro Region having the size of 1668 sq km (641 sq miles) just an Hour Drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
The name Kilimanjaro is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the magnificence, the breathtakingly views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe, that belongs to Kilimanjaro. Hiking on the ‘rooftop of Africa’ — the highest point on the continent at 5896 metres — is the adventure of a lifetime, especially because, if paced well, everyone from seasoned trekkers to first-time enthusiasts can scale the snowy peak.
Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates for their memories.
At 5896m Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and one of the continent’s magnificent sights, It has three main volcanic peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.
While climbing the Mountain Kilimanjaro, the accommodation is predominantly to either Huts and or campsites on the mountain. There are several hotels and campsites outside the park in the village of Marangu and town of Moshi.