Kilimanjaro! Rising majestically above the African plains, the 19,341 foot Mount Kilimanjaro has lured climbers since the first recorded summit in 1889.
The highest peak of Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in African and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It has three volcanic cones – Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, also the highest peak, is dormant. The last eruption was about 360,000 years ago!
Nearly every climber who has reached the Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Kibo’s crater rim, has recorded his or her thoughts about the accomplishment in a book stored in a wooden box at the peak.
The climb takes you through a range of Eco-systems. At the base of the mountain, you will find cultivated land. As you start making your way upwards, you will go through the rain forest to the first hut – Mandara.
The second leg will take you through the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with other worldly giant plants. This will bring you to the second hut – Horombo.
The third leg, from Horombo hut to Kibo hut, will take you through a surreal alpine desert that supports very little life, like hardy mosses and lichen.
On the last leg, the hike to the summit, you will suddenly find that all the vegetation give away to a winter wonderland of ice and snow while you head towards the magnificent beauty of the ‘roof of AFRICA’.
Authentic African Safaris arranges trips to the roof of Africa using 3 different routes. Contact us NOW to book your trip to climb the tallest free standing mountain in the world!