Kilimanjaro National Park
At 5,895m, Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach he crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru point, the actual summit, Stella point or Gillman’s point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.
But there is much more to Kilimanjaro than her summits. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary, the cultivated foot slopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered abbot’s duiker and other small antelope and primates. Above 4,000m a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then finally the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.
The mountain is 128km(80miles) from Arusha, about one hour drive from Kilimanjaro airport. The best time to visit Mt. Kilimanjaro for the clearest and warmest conditions is from December to February, but also dry and colder condition from July to September.