Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in the northern part of Tanzania shadowing most of the travel destinations like Arusha national park, Serengeti national park, Tarangire national park and Lake Manyara national park.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in African continent and the world’s highest free standing mountain. It’s every travelers or hikers dream to trek the great Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro offers lifetime memories of Africa’s dramatic landscapes.
Mount Kilimanjaro has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the park covers 291 kilometer miles.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the most commonly done activity in Kilimanjaro national park; the peak can be reached within 4-7 days of climbing and more depending on the routes and the fitness level of the climber.
Explore shira plateau
One if the Mount Kilimanjaro routes lead tourists to the Shira plateau, its found in the western part of Kibo peak with diverse bio diversities. Walk through thus caldera and feel some remnants of the volcano that expired over 500,000 years ago.
Mount Kilimanjaro also boasts with diverse wildlife species you might spot some animals at the shira plateau animals such as Elephants, buffalos, elands and many more.
Some people visit Kilimanjaro not to climb to the summit but to hike mountain slopes, the hiking trails will also need some levels of fitness. The routes will take up to three days of hiking to ferns, and having magnificent views of the mountain slopes.
Explore the Chala crater
Climbing mouth Kilimanjaro without visiting the challa crater will make your trip incomplete, this crater was formed after a volcanic activity on the mountain, today the lake offers stunning views of turquoise blue water or sometimes even emerald green depending on the whether.
Visit villages such as Olpopongi for a thrilling cultural experience, visit the unique Masai people and learn about their ways of lives or even get involved in their day to day activities like grazing cattle, milking and dancing they also make outstanding necklaces you can buy and take home for remembrance.
The shira plateau is located in one the ascending routes of mount Kilimanjaro where you can sometimes encounter animals like bush pigs, mongoose and baboons among the rest. The plateau is also endowed with remains of volcanic activity of over 500,000 years ago.
There are several camps located along the routes you can sleep while trekking Kilimanjaro other accommodation units near mountain Kilimanjaro national park include; mount Kilimanjaro view lodge, Salinero Kilimanjaro hotel, Aishi Machame hotel, Ameg lodge Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro wonders hotel and Marangu hotel to mention a few.
Mount Kilimanjaro is approximately 45 kilometers from Kilimanjaro international airport; tourists can fly in directly to this airport.
The best time to visit Mount Kilimanjaro is during the dry season when the skies are clear and warmer making the views striking and offering great photographic opportunities.