Not only is Tanzania abundantly rich in natural beauty and teeming with wildlife, but it is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the largest freestanding mountain in the world.
Reaching 5 895 metres above sea level, Kilimanjaro will take your breath away as it towers majestically over the expansive surrounding plains.
For centuries, people have tried to understand the name Mount Kilimanjaro, and the meaning of it. Some have suggested it means ‘Mountain of LIght’, ‘Mountain of Greatness’ or ‘Mountain of Caravans’. To this day, the mystery remains. Locals refer to the famous snowy peak, which rises resplendent above the clouds, as ‘Kipoo’ or ‘Kibo’. Each year, this world-famous mountain sees thousands of determined hikers intent on reaching its summit. Most fit climbers are able to make it to the crater rim. The real summiting begins at the base of Uhuru Peak, or Gillman’s Point. Conquering these peaks is the ultimate test of mental and physical strength.
Apart from the life-changing summiting quest, visitors to Kilimanjaro are treated to much more. The awe-inspiring landscape that changes from well-worn footpaths to lush, overgrown forests; the roaming wildlife from elephant to leopard, buffalo to antelope; the moorlands, giant heather and giant lobelia; and, once above 4 000m, the dreamlike alpine desert dotted with sparse vegetation that surrenders to the sub-zero temperatures of ice and snow.