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Kilimanjaro National Park

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About Kilimanjaro National Park

Country found in: Tanzania
Parks total area: Encompasses the entire mountain above the tree line
Year established: 1973
Park wildlife: 10 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Recommended

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Kilimanjaro National Park highlights

  • Home to the tallest mountain in Africa.
  • There is the ability to do smaller, day hikes and to see some of Tanzania’s wildlife.
  • The park’s proximity to Arusha makes it easy for people to add a northern Tanzania safari on to their Kilimanjaro summit.

In the northeastern part of Tanzania, and very close to the Kenyan border, lies the tallest mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro. At nearly 6000 meters – 5895 m (19,340 ft) – it is the largest free-standing volcanic mass in not only all of Africa, but in all of the world. Kilimanjaro is comprised of several peaks, with Uhuru Peak being the highest. The park was established in 1973 and encompasses the entire mountain above the tree line. In 2005, the park boundary was extended to include the Kilimanjaro National Forest Reserve. 

The vegetation of the mountain varies dramatically as the elevation increases, and it is more pronounced that some other mountains as the base Mount Kilimanjaro or “Kili” starts at around 700 m (2296 ft) on the southern slopes. Climbers will start in a humid, rainforest zone and continue up into alpine desert and finally into the barren, glacial zone. The dramatic variation in climate means layers are a necessity for all those who wish to climb and summit Kilimanjaro. Most people who visit Kilimanjaro National park come to climb and not for a safari. It is, however, possible to see many animals in almost all of the zones, such as: black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and olive baboons. Buffalo, elephants and elands also live here but they are seldom seen. 


What are the climbing routes of Kilimanjaro?

It is generally agreed that Kilimanjaro has six official trekking routes: Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Rongai, Shira and Umbwe. Marangu and Rongai are considered to be the easier routes, but also the less-scenic of routes, particularly Rongai. Marangu is nicknamed the ‘Coca-Cola Route’ due to the huts along the way where people can buy Coke and because it’s quicker and easier than most of the other routes. It also is not a circuitous route and climbers must use the same route for their descent. Rongai is the only northern approach to Kilimanjaro and, although it is one of the easier routes, its final summit is one of the most difficult. Of all the routes, Machame is considered the most scenic but steeper route, which also makes it one of the most popular and crowded routes. It has the highest success rate of the six routes. Shira and Lemosho routes also have good success rates and are scenic options with fewer visitors than Machame. Umbwe is a very direct route, which means it is a shorter option, but also offers much less time for acclimatization. It tends to be less popular than the other routes. 

Climbers are advised to allot anywhere between five and nine days for summit and descent, depending on fitness levels and route selected. Many people also opt for an extra day for acclimatization, which can have a significant impact on success rate. It is recommended that climbers and trekkers thoroughly research their guide and outfitter, as the guide can make or break the trip. There are numerous companies offering guided treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro, and a bit of research prior to choosing an outfitter will pay off in the long run. 


When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro can be climbed year-round. The months which are considered to be optimum climbing months are January, February, and September. These months are high tourist season. The end of March through May is the heavy rains seasons, which means the mountain may be shrouded in heavy cloud. It does, however, mean the crowds are much thinner. The winter months of June through September are also recommended, but temperatures tend to be lower than in December through February. 

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Tour by: Expect In Africa Safaris

The Machame route is our most successful and popular hiking route on Mt. Kilimanjaro, mainly as a result of the ...

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Tour by: Eastland Adventures

This route located eastern side of the mountain and its begins just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border through ...

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Tour by: Shika Tours & Safaris

Kilimanjaro is climbable all year round. The best months to climb are December-March, and September-October, whi...

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Tour by: HM Safaris

Many places in Tanzania ooze romance and we’re in the know about most of them!

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Tour by: Shika Tours & Safaris

The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanza...

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Tour by: World Tours and Safaris Tanzania

Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Mos...

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Tour by: African Traits

5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route

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Tour by: Shadows of Africa

spend two days on Safari to Lake Mayara or Tarangire and Ngorongoro, go for 6 day Kilimanjaro climb and finish y...

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Tour by: Green Africa Tours

Conquer Africa`s highest peak from the drier, northern side of the mountain. Follow the Rongai Route, climbing t...

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Tour by: SafariHub

This is the most popular and easiest way to the summit. The trail has huts along its route with all the basic ne...

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