Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park                
The great mountain of Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Rising in absolute isolation, at 5,895 meters above sea level, Kilimanjaro is one of the highest walkabel summits on the planet , a beacon for visitor from around the world . Just three degree south of the equator, Kilimanjaro's great peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi are nontheless covered all year round with snow and ice.

Most reasonably, fit and properly guided climbers can experience the triumph of reaching the crater rim withlittle more than a walking stick, warm clothing and determination. Those whoreach, Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's point on the lip of the crater ( Kilimanjaro is a dormant, but notextict, volcano), will have earned their climbing certificates and their memories.

There is however , so much more to Kilimanjaro than the summit. A journey up the slopes takes visitors on a climatic world tour, from the tropics to the artics. The grassey and cultivated lower slopes turn into lush rainforest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo and antelope. Higher still, heath and moorland, covered with giant heathers, becomes a surreal alpine desert and , finally there is ice , snow and the biggest view on the continent.

December to February are the warmest and cleanest months to visit, with July to September being colder but also dry, it is wet in the rainforest from April to June and during November.

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Location and size
The Park is located on the Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi. Its size is 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).

Getting there
It is just 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha; about one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.

Interesting features
Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).

Kilimanjaro, the name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don't even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, and the summit of Africa. Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.

What to do
Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes, day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau; nature trails on the lower reaches; trout fishing; visit the beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.

When to go
During the clearest and warmest conditions from December to February; but also dry (and colder) from July-September.

There is huts and campsites on the mountain; several hotels and campsites outside the park in the village of Marangu and town of Moshi.

Climb slowly to increase your acclimatization time and maximize your chances of reaching the summit.
To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountain.