Rising in isolation out of the surrounding savannah to an elevation of 5,895 metres, ‘Kili’ is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Its allure is undeniable, attracting seasoned trekkers and determined first-timers alike from all over the world. A trek to the snow capped Kibo peak is an unforgettable experience and an essential part of any Tanzanian adventure.
Kilimanjaro is a mountain of contrasts and extremes. You ascent takes you from tropical rainforest to arctic conditions in just a few days and at higher altitudes, winter drives out summer every night. The lower foothills are home to the Wachagga who cultivate the fertile volcanic soil. If you are lucky you can see the inquisitive blue monkey or the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey high in the lichen covered branches of the rainforest canopy. The rainforest gradually gives way to the heath and moorland, which is covered in giant heather and dotted with giant groundsels. This in turn becomes the surreal alpine dessert where extremes of temperature means only the hardiest can survive. Finally there is snow, glaciers and pure exhilaration of the summit zone.
Treks in Kilimanjaro National Park do not necessarily always lead to Uhuru Peak. There are a number of day and overnight hikes available for those who want to experience some of what this park has to offer, but not the demands of an assault on the summit. The clearest and warmest conditions for climbing are from December to February, while the driest are from July-September.