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Mount Kilimanjaro stands 5,895m above sea level and with this height all climbers in the world have always gotten interest in it. It is one of the famous and mostly visited attractions in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro has 7 climbing routes which are Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe. This mountain was formed over a million years ago by volcanic movement forces. There are 3 points on this mountain, Kibo, Shira, and Mawenzi whereby the highest peak called Uhuru is on Kibo crater and it is ranked among the world’s highest peaks. Kilimanjaro is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It rises from farmland at the lowest level to the alpine and rainforests and then the ice capped bare landscape at the top. Climbing Kilimanjaro does not need special expertise. However it is not an easy thing which means some fitness is required. There are options one can go for, favoring people with different climbing abilities. There are hiking tours on the lower levels of the mountain where tourists can walk around the different craters and Shira plateau which has some wonderful views of the ground below.
• Mount Kilimanjaro National Park - It is home to the magnificent and Africa’s highest mountain. This park is not visited for wildlife viewing like it is the case for other parks in the North of Tanzania. It is visited by tourists that want to climb/hike to the top of the mountain and those just in need to see this majestic snow capped mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed anytime of the year but it is advisable to climb it during the dry season that is from late June to October. A safari to this area is usually taken as a 'northern circuit' Tanzanian safari.
Large animals are not found above the rainforests on Mt. Kilimanjaro. They are more frequent in the forests and lower parts of the mountain. Among the rain forests you can spot animals such as leopards, elands, elephants, monkeys, and buffaloes. Elephants and buffaloes are among the animals that can be hazardous to trekkers on lower altitudes. An armed park ranger will usually accompany trekkers and climbers in lower altitudes. Other wildlife you can spot on Shira plateau include: bushbucks, dik-diks, duikers, mongooses, zebras, hyenas and warthogs.
Mountain climbers should come prepared to complete the full climb, however our staff will assist you down the mountain if you are unable to reach the summit. A signed medical form from your doctor will be required for participation. This expedition is not suitable for anyone who suffers from a respiratory, cardiac, or circulatory disorder or a disability that limits mobility. Visitors should expect at the minimum to stay about 3 nights in safari-style tents with beds, 4 nights in camping tents with sleeping bags and 1 night in a comfortable lodge. Bathrooms are shared at each climbing tented camp. Accommodation include among others:
• Lake Duluti lodge - located on a 35 acre coffee farm in Tengeru, Arusha.
• Mti Mkubwa camp - which is about 2½ hours of trekking from Londorossi gate on Lemosho route.
• Barafu camp - it lies above the alpine desert area at an altitude of 4,640m.
• Machame camp - which is about 5-6 hours hike from Machame gate on Machame route.
• Picnic sites - They can be arranged on request.
Tourist accommodation varies according to the climbing route. They are from the most basic rooms for the budget traveller to luxury. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime dream that is full-filling for those who love exciting Africa adventures. Accommodation feature the neccessary amenities a visitor would require during a climb. Porters will transport your gear.
✓ Barranco Camp ✓ Karanga Camp ✓ Mweka Camp ✓ Shira camp.
Park entry: All visitors must complete the necessary paper work to gain entry into the park.
Entry to the park is by smart card, obtained and loaded at the main gates.
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It is a strato volcano situated in a fork off the Great Rift Valley, right on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. At 5,895 metres, to climb Kilimanjaro is a great challenge, not to be underestimated, but entirely feasible for the hill climber looking to combine a high mountain adventure with a wildlife safari in Africa. Kilimanjaro has 7 climbing routes which are Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe.
• Marangu route - It is relatively easy and the most popular route. It can be done in 5-6 days. However this route tends to be very busy as the ascent and descent routes are the same, and accommodation is in shared huts with all other climbers. Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route up to Kilimanjaro summit. The marangu route offers moderate Kilimanjaro climbing from starting point to Kibo huts but from Kibo huts to the summit, the trek needs commitment as the track is strenuous. Soft drinks, bottled water and beer are available for sale at the huts and prices increase as you hike up.
• Machame route - It is proclaimed as the most scenic but is a much steeper route. The route is the second most popular route on the mountain offering picturesque and stunning views of both Meru and Kilimanjaro landscapes. Machame route can be done in 6-7 days. A 6-day Machame route climb would involve 1 night of sleeping in low altitude to delay the onset of acute mountain sickness but does not ultimately prevent its occurrence. Trekking on Machame route is physically demanding and require people with some trekking experience since the tracks are strenuous.
• Lemosho route - It is equally scenic compared to Machame route. It is the less traveled route up the western slope of the Kibo massif, western breach, the arrow glacier and to Uhuru peak. It can be done in 6-8 days through the spectacular landscapes of five temperate zones.
• Rongai route - It is the easiest, least scenic and least popular of all camping routes.
Recorded mountain climbing dangers on Mt. Kilimanjaro include 14 people who died from advanced high altitude illness where 1 had high altitude cerebral edema called HACE and 5 had high altitude pulmonary edema called HAPE. 6 people had both HACE and HAPE. A signed medical form from your doctor is usually required for participation. Life insurance is also recommended. Mountain climbing expedition is not suitable for people who suffer from a respiratory, cardiac, or circulatory disorder or a disability that limits mobility. Elephants and buffaloes are among the animals that can be potentially hazardous to trekkers.
• By Road: Kilimanjaro National Park lies immediately adjacent to Amboseli National park in Kenya to the north and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the west. It is about 4-5 hrs drive from Nairobi. Transfers by road from Arusha take approximately 1 hours drive. If coming from Kilimanjaro (JRO-Kilimanjaro International airport), it is about 30 minutes drive.
• By Air: A ‘meet and greet' transfer services are offered at Kilimanjaro and Arusha airports respectively. Available are a number of local flights from Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar that land on different accommodation units and public access airstrips near Mt. Kilimanjaro Natipnal Park.
(Make sure to contact us if you wish to visit this game park for your next north Tanzanian safari circuit holiday activity.)
Park charges are based on " " Tanzania tourism development tariffs which are reviewed from time to time. The rates we have quoted here are for information purposes and are indicative of the likely park charges you can incur. They are NOT accurate but approximate. However please note that if you have booked a complete wildlife safari package with us, park charges are included in the total cost of your safari at the time of booking. Therefore you need not worry about park entry fee!
Tourism development levy - It currently stands at US$ 1.5 per person per day including children.
• This park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on Tourism development Tarrifs.
• Tanzanian law protects the whole Kilimanjaro ecosystem from human pressures. It prevents human-wildlife conflict. As a visitor, you are therefore required to leave the park as tidy as you found it. Litering and dropping rubbish is strictly prohibited. You will be prosecuted if you violate these rules.
• If you take a mountain climbing safari, walking safari along the forests, rivers and lakes, it is your responsibility to ensure that you keep a safe distance from wild animals, steep edges and to wear life jackets and other recommended items for your safety while in the water ways.
• The park is open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
• Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:00 pm.
• Entry to the park is by smart card only, obtained and loaded at the main gates.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
It is important to be able to stay warm and dry and have good boots and a good sleeping bag. The summit night is very cold and requires a good thermal layer, fleece layers and a down type jacket. You would also need a good quality rainproof jacket and trousers in case it rains. Gaiters to protect the tops of your boots are recommended. It is advisable to bring two rainproof pairs of boots, warm hats, gloves, sun-hat and good quality sunglasses.
Scheduled local flight services to Kilimanjaro are available from Nairobi, Arusha, Julius Nyerere and Zanzibar Airports. Airport transfers are available at an additional charge. Please let us know that we need to pick you up at the airport upon your arrival. Do not assume.