Mount Kilimanjaro, also known as The Mountain of Greatness or The Mountain of Light, is the mighty overseer of the continent. The snowy peak serves as the summit of Africa, standing tall at 19,336 feet, or around 5,895 metres. Not only is this the tallest mountain in Africa, but it is also the largest freestanding mountain in the entire world. Beholding the mighty Kilimanjaro is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many tourists who come to Africa to complete a safari vacation. Mount Kilimanjaro is rightfully one of the seven wonders of Africa.
If you are planning an African safari vacation, be sure to research Africa’s incredible seven wonders. Mount Kilimanjaro is a wonderful highlight of any visit to Africa. If you would like more information on planning your trip, a representative with Roho Ya Chui would be happy to help. Here is some additional information on Mount Kilimanjaro.
A Tour of Ecosystems
A trek through Mount Kilimanjaro brings tourists through a tour of African climate systems. There is lush forest landscapes which house amazing animals such as elephants and leopards, all the way to arctic climates as the peak reaches through the clouds and is covered by a year around snowy cap. Lying between the two is the moorland zone, which is an enchanted layer of thick moss and twisted trees. These regions are home to many endangered species of plants and animals that can only be found in Africa. Because the ecosystems are so diverse, this gives travelers the chance to see many different representations of Africa all on a single hike.
Activities on Kilimanjaro
Nearly everyone who comes to visit Mount Kilimanjaro wants to see or climb the mountain, but there is more to do than hike to the summit. If you would like to climb the mountain, there are multiple trails of varying degrees of difficulty to take on. Most visitors can get to the summit with just a walking stick and the proper attire, though their are difficult trails for adventurous mountaineers.
As previously noted, the regions on and around Mount Kilimanjaro make it a perfect location for wildlife and bird watching. This is a thriving environment that has a wide range of Africa’s animals represented — including many of the most iconic and rare.
Visiting Lake Chala is another activity that you can do when you take a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro. This lake has formed in the massive volcanic crater that is on the side of the mountain. The waters, spanning 1.6 acres, are stunning shades of blue and green. Images captured at this location are some of the mountain’s most famous. There is a safari camp located in the area which serves as a resting place and rendezvous for safari goers.
Plan Your African Safari Vacation
Are you ready to plan your dream African safari vacation that includes a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro? For more information, visit our safari tours page or contact a representative with Roho Ya Chui today.
Jill Liphart for Roho Ya Chui, Travel Africa