Kilimanjaro National Park – World Heritage Site (Home of the famous Mt. Kilimanjaro) At 5,892m, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the World. Ernest Hemingway described it,” As wide as the entire World, great, high and unbelievably white”. Its standing features are its three volcanic centres’ – Shira in the West, Mawenzi in the East and the snow-capped Kibo in the centre.
The forests of the surrounding National Park are inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, bushbuck, Abbots duiker and several other small antelopes, primates and rodents. They are however difficult to see due to the dense vegetation.
Information on the Park:
- Established in 1973.
- 756 Sq. Km.
- 45 Km from West to East.
- 2,700 m. above sea level (Mandara) to 5,892 m above sea level (Uhuru Peak).
- Mt. Kilimanjaro is composed of three dormant volcanoes – Kibo (5,892m) Mawenzi (5,149m) and Shira (3,962m).
- Mountain tracks passable all year round.
- 128 Km (80 miles) from Arusha.
What you will experience in Kilimanjaro National Park
- Highly diverse natural phenomenon.
- Marvellous scenery when hiking on the mountain.
- It is a dormant volcano with four major zones on its slopes (montane forest; moorland; highland desert; summit zone – glaciers).
- The highest mountain in Africa and the World (as a free – standing Mountain).
- Extremely popular Park.
- Six different trekking routes to the summit. Most popular routes are Marangu and Machame (accessible all year round).