With some of the most magnificent landscapes at its doorstep, Kilimanjaro is perfect for exciting outdoor adventures. The region is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Popularly called “the Root of Africa” Mount Kilimanjaro is alpine in the untouched sense with its ice-capped elevated peaks set under the blue sky. The volcanic mountain is located in the north-eastern area of Tanzania, near the Tanzanian and Kenyan border.
Kilimanjaro is one of the most visited destinations in Tanzania and it’s a blend of remarkable natural features with spectacular visual cues all over the place. It’s breathtaking in any weather and it features adventurous activities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will blow your mind. Let’s take a look at the top things to do in Kilimanjaro:
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an achievable challenge for both experienced and inexperienced climbers, but it’s not really as intimidating as you would have imagined. The mountain is a popular climb and requires no special skills or climbing equipment. You can hike all the way to the top if you are determined. There are several routes that you can take – Rongai, Shira, Umbwe, Lemosho, Marangu, Machame, Mweka and Arrow Glacier routes. Each route features stunning views of the surrounding scenery. The Marangu route is one of the most famous routes, which lead to the summit of the mountain, and can be hiked in five days. The route offers accommodation on the mountain in the form of the A-frame huts. Climbing the mountain is fun but you’ll need to hire a guide for the journey. Most operators have the appropriate standards to lead tourists safely on the mountain. But do your homework, research, and especially look at their reviews.
Kilimanjaro National Park protects Mount Kilimanjaro and showcases some of the Tanzania’s most contrasting landscapes and diverse natural scenery that you can easily explore. It features a mountain forest belt featuring a wide variety of wildlife species surrounds the volcanic massif, offering an environment of stunning diversity. Visit the Kilimanjaro National Park to enjoy a safari adventure and camping experience amid the wild animals. On a safari adventure here, you will see leopards, giraffes, spotted hyenas, warthogs, blue monkeys, bushbuck and many other species. Mount Kilimanjaro is connected to Amboseli National Park in Kenya and it’s located close to Serengeti National Park, which is one of the best wildlife reserves in Africa.
Moshi town is the gateway to Kilimanjaro routes and it’s the capital of the Kilimanjaro region. The town is a well-positioned base for a wide range of exciting activities including mountain climbing to keep you busy throughout your holiday. The laid-back town is colourful and vibrant with some amazing attractions. You can explore the town to discover the lifestyle and culture of the people. Take a stroll through the Moshi market and enjoy some fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also get some souvenirs for your friends and family back at home such as stone keychains, curio carvings, Maasai beaded jewellery, and leather beaded sandals and wooden bracelets. Discover colourful shops where you can buy African printed fabrics you will definitely love. Moshi offers a variety of accommodation and dining options to suit your needs and budget.
Kilimanjaro is an amazing destination with exciting adventures in Tanzania and there’s nothing as amazing as spending some time in a place where new adventures await you every day.