Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland

elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet). 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.

About Kilimanjaro National Park 

Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles). Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.

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

What to do 
Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes. Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches.

When to go 
Clearest and warmest conditions from December to February, but also dry (and colder) from July-September.