Situated on the border with Kenya, the white-topped summit of Africa’s highest peak awaits: Mount Kilimanjaro. When the clouds clear it emerges, bald and barren, a mammoth free-standing volcano that draws over 25,000 climbers a year. They make their sloth-like ascent, accompanied by a caravan of guides and porters, from the patchwork carpet of coffee and cassava farms at its base through a journey of diverse ecosystems. Routes lead through thick rainforest where colobus monkeys leap between the trees and leopards roam, supported by summit melt-water that flows in crystal streams and waterfalls.
As the air thins, this lush landscape gives way to arctic desert littered with volcanic scree, vast icefields and creaky columns of ice. It’s the three cone peaks, Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi, that draw hikers like a magnet to this land where humans aren’t meant to tread. Up at 5,895 metres above sea level, the views stretch far and wide from the rooftop of Africa, one of the world’s seven highest summits. For some though, just gazing at Kilimanjaro from its surrounding national park is enough. Here, Cape buffalo and elephants can be spotted and cattle graze, herded by the area’s ancient Maasai and Chagga tribes.
Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro may not require ropes or technical experience but the multi-day, high-altitude expedition does call for a team of guides and porters. Talk to our Africa gurus about arranging your visit to this mighty mountain.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Tanzania. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it on their own. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot to enjoy your sundowner.
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