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Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is situated 300 kilometres south of the equator, in Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania. The park covers an area of 1668 square kilometers on Northern Tanzania, about 128 kilometers from Arusha. It is also located near the city of Moshi which mostly accommodates visitors who would like to climb the mountain. The park covers Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding montane forest.


The mountain is among the well known mountains in the world as one of the world's largest free standing mountains. Its summit is the highest (5895m) point in Africa standing secluded on the adjacent plains of East Africa that offer spectacular views of the mountain.

The mountain which has been named as the world heritage site offers magnificent mountain scenery, which includes remaining glaciers, waterfalls and valleys.

The Mountain is one the inspirations to many guests around the world who would like to see the highest peak in Africa, and to climbers its high summits can be reached. Most climbers who are determined and with proper clothing can reach the crater rim. They will be left with memorable memories and always wanting to come back for the challenge.

The ascent of the slope is more spectacular and a complete tour. You will pass through lush montane forest that is a habitat to a variety of wild animals. As you move up the mountain you will pass through different heights, that are inhabited by different vegetation and wild animals that your guide will explain as you walk slowly up the mountain enjoying its beauty.

Fauna
A variety of animals can be found in the park such as the tree hyrax, the grey duiker, bushbuck, red duiker and rodents are frequently encountered. The Cape buffalo can be spotted on the montane forest and occasionally in the moorland and grassland.  In the montane forests, western black and white colobus, blue monkey, bush baby, can also be spotted.  

When to Visit
The best time to visit or climb the mountain is on the clearest and warmest time, which lies between December to February, but also one can visit on the dry and colder season which lies between July to September.

Where to stay
There are huts and campsites on the mountain where one can shelter while climbing. There are also other hotels and campsites outside the park and town of moshi that accommodates visitors to region.

Activities

  • Trekking and mountain climbing
  • Visit the striking Chala Crater Lake on the mountains southeastern slopes
  • Day and overnight hikes on the Shira plateau
  • Trout fishing
  • Nature trails on the lower reaches

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