Climbing Kilimanjaro in Africa

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Kilimanjaro and elephants

Kilimanjaro is one of the most accessible high altitude mountains in the world. It is the tallest mountain in Africa, rising 19,340 feet above sea level, and is the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim. The mountain lies on Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya and is 205 miles south of the equator. In Swahili the name Kilma Njaro means “shining mountain” and the locals believe evil spirits are guarding the mountain. “Njaro” is believed to be the demon that causes cold.

About 40,000 people challenge the Kilimanjaro each year and although no technical climbing skills are required, only forty-five percent of those reach the summit. The mountain offers five climbing routes, namely Marangu Route, Machame Route, Rongai Route, Lemosho Route and Umbwe Route. Machame and Lemosho are the two most popular routes for magnificent views, while Marangu is the easiest route to climb and the worst for acclimatisation. Machame route has the best success rate, offers great acclimatisation, takes you through five climatic zones and boasts some of the most dramatic views of the surrounding areas.

Kilimanjaro offers tropical jungle, desert, savannah and forests. Blue monkeys, baboons, leopards, bush pigs, civets and mongooses are abundant in this area.White–necked ravens are easy to spot, especially near hotels and camps. Close to the Kilimanjaro National Park are the premier wildlife areas of Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, as well as Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha National Park and Tarangire National Park. All of these rank among the world’s premier wildlife conservancies.

If you are ready to challenge the Kilimanjaro Mountain, prepare for a five to eight day trip. The mountain is really high, an 18,000 feet climb. The majestic mountain cannot be conquered in a day’s time and should be approached with care. Altitude sickness is a major concern and causes headaches, vomiting and digestive problems. The fact that you climb very high in a short period of time, affects the body. The beauty of Kilimanjaro attracts people from around the world to its summit every year and will give you a memorable climb.

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