If you are adventurous, do consider the famed Mount Kilimanjaro, i.e. Africa’s highest peak. It is a dormant volcano that contains three cones and is located in Mount Kilamanjaro National Park in the north-east of Tanzania.
According to those who have experienced the strenuous climb up to Mount Kilimanjaro, it is indeed a very rewarding experience, and is a must for those seeking adventure. Usually experienced guides, accompanied by porters, lead visitors to the top of the mountain via various routes, passing through a variety of vegetation, i.e. forests, alpine vegetation, semi-desert, and moorland before reaching the icy top.
I suggest you to arrange such tours from Moshi or Arusha. You may also want to know that the climbs can take anywhere from 5-8 days. The highlight is reaching the summit to view the vast expanse of Kenya and Tanzania below you at sunrise.
Although Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed year round, but the most popular time should be around December to January. You should avoid April, May and November because of heavy rainfall.
Fact and other tourist attractions, places of interest, interesting places, places to see and places to visit in Mount Kilimanjaro:
Where is it?
Mount Kilimanjaro is roughly 225 km south of Nairobi and roughly 160 km east of the East African Rift Valley.
What is it known for?
The highest mountain in Africa with an elevation of 5,895 m (19,340 ft), and extends for approximately 80 km from east to west and contains three cones, i.e. Kibo, Mawensi and Shira. Among the three cones, Kibo is the highest and youngest peak that linked to Mawensi by an 11 km expanse at roughly 15,000 feet. Mawensi, the oldest cone, is believed to have been the core of the former summit, is 17,564 feet high. As for Shira, it rises to about 12,395 feet.
Although Mount Kilamanjaro is only three degrees south of the equator, but its high altitude does keep the Kibo crater capped with snow throughout the year.
What is there to see?
The majestic dormant volcano of Mount Kilamanjaro affords lovely views and is a draw for trekkers and mountain climbers, and visitors at large.