Do you plan to visit Africa or Tanzania in particular? Mount Kilimanjaro is one of those world wonders you have to visit. If a tour to Tanzania was not in your plans, then go ahead and edit your bucket list.
Tanzania located in East Africa has many tourist attractions, and over forty per cent of the country’s land is home to game reserves and national parks.
Tanzania boasts of seventeen national parks, twenty-nine game reserves, forty controlled areas and marine parks plus the tallest Mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, always crowned with an everlasting snow-cap.
Here are some things you need to know about the Mountain;
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the seven summits of the world, the tallest peak in Africa and also the world’s most towering free-standing Mountain. If you love hiking or adventure, this is the perfect destination for you.
The highest peak was named ‘Uhuru Peak’, and it stands at five thousand eight hundred ninety-five meters (5,895), about nineteen thousand three hundred forty-one feet (19,341) above sea level.
Almost every climber who has made it up to Uhuru peak has recorded their hike experience in a unique book stored in a wooden box at the top. You might never appear in the Guinness book of records, but registering your experience for thousands of generations to keep in this book will feel like it.
Whereas most high mountains exist as part of ranges, for example, Mount Everest’s Himalayan Mountain Range, free-standing mountains like Kilimanjaro are usually a result of volcanic activity.
Kilimanjaro had three volcanic cones, namely – Kibo, Shira and Mawenzi. Kibo is the tallest part of the Mountain, and the summit lies here, Mawenzi stands at five thousand one hundred forty-nine meters (5,149) approximately sixteen thousand eight hundred ninety-six feet (16,896) tall.
Mawenzi is also the third highest peak in Africa. Shira, on the other hand, has since collapsed, creating the Shira Plateau which you will find on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Shira and Mawenzi are extinct volcanoes. However, Kibo is dormant, and it can erupt again anytime. The last major eruption recorded happened three hundred sixty thousand years (360,000) ago, and the most recent activity was about two years ago. A trip to this ash pit will take you two hours round trip hike.
If you are interested in ecology, Mount Kilimanjaro has rain forests, heath, moorland, cultivated land, alpine desert and an arctic summit.
According to reports, Valtee Daniel, eighty-seven old French, is the oldest person so far to climb the Mountain. Also, Bernard Goosen, a South African has ascended the Mountain twice in a wheelchair, his first climb was in 2003, and he took nine days, and in 2007 he took six days only.
Bernard was born with cerebral palsy, and he used a modified wheelchair mostly on his own to go up Mount Kilimanjaro. What is your excuse?
Approximately thirty thousand people attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro every year, and of these, fifty per cent fail due to altitude complications.
However, if finding yourself standing (19,341 ft) above sea level is a nightmare, then you can go for the mini-adventure on Mount Meru, located just seventy kilometres away from the Mountain. This should take you three to four days of hiking.
Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro is more fun and less of a challenge if you choose the right partner. African Diurnal Safaris and Tours, will give you the best experience not just in Tanzania but all over East Africa. Whether you are touring as an individual or as a group, African Diurnal is all you need, and this is why. African Diurnal Safari and Tours has experienced guides who have over the years led climbers up Mount Kilimanjaro and safely guided every single climber back- in one piece.