Log In Join Us

Kilimanjaro National Park reviews

19 reviews

“Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was one of the highlights of my life – I still can’t believe I made it!” - Andrea

My one regret about Kilimanjaro

Views: 909 Visited: Sep 2006 Reviewed: Jan 22, 2014

The Kilimanjaro National Park’s biggest attraction is, without a doubt, the mountain itself. Most hikers and climbers can’t wait to get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. They spend their nights carbo-loading, planning routes, packing gear. They hardly sleep for excitement and anticipation.

But there is much more to the park than reaching the top – or summiting. Many people don’t know that there are 5 distinct ecological zones that form a belt around the mountain. On the lower slopes you will find the montane forest – a lush, almost rainforest like area filled with birdsong and beautiful creatures. Then comes the heath and moorland, filled with clammy mist and stunning vistas – as you climb higher towards the highland and alpine desert.

About 69% of the park’s flowering species, 80% of the animals and most of the birds are found in the forest area – the part most hikers can’t wait to leave behind as they rush for the top. There are many different kinds of primates, birds as well as elephants, buffalo, giraffe and zebra as well as lion and eland in the park.

It may be the highest point in Africa but this World Heritage Site is also one of the world’s largest volcanic massifs, comprising of one extinct and two dormant volcanoes. There are other things to do besides climb the mountain – for instance sightseeing tours are popular, as are waterfall outings, bird watching, wildlife viewing, cultural outings.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was one of the highlights of my life – I still can’t believe I made it! But in retrospect I wish I had spent more time exploring this fascinating park, looking at some volcanic lakes, enjoying a trip out to see the many primates and exploring the gorgeous montane forest.

Quality of wildlife
Quality of lodging
Overall rating

* Crowded parks have a lower rating

Like this review?

Go on, give it a kudu!

15 People gave this
review kudus.
See all reviews for Kilimanjaro

Andrea saw these animals

Andrea did these activities

Shortlisted tour operators: Operators: 1 You can shortlist up to 10 tour operators Up to 10 operators