Kilimanjaro National Park

Description

This is the only park that is more popular for climbing than for wildlife viewing. Every year, thousands of tourists come to Tanzania specifically to climb the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain was formed by volcanic activity in the rift valley, about a million years ago, and is formed by three peaks: Shira (3962m), Mawenzi (5149m) and Uhuru peak (5985m). 
One of the most interesting things about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is that you experience 5 difference ecosystems along the climb. Up to 1800 meters, the cultivated lower slopes. Then, between 1800 and 3000 meters, the mountain forest zone. As you continue to climb, you will reach the semi-alpine moorland zone (between 3000m and 4000m) and the alpine zone (4000m to 5000m). Finally, between 5000m and the summit, you will experience the Arctic Zone and can even see glaciers.


Wildlife

Not as interesting as most other parks, when it comes to wildlife, with the more common species being: black and white colobus, blue monkey, duller klipspringer and back bush. Leopard, bush pig and porcupine are there too but rarely encountered by hikers. There are some larger mammals too like the eland, the buffalo and the elephant.


When to go

Open throughout the year but not recommended during the rainy season (April and May).


What to do

4x4 game drives and Kilimanjaro Treks.


What we suggest

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is not a very interesting park if what you plan to do watch wildlife. However, if you want to have one of the greatest experiences in your life, and have the time and budget to do it, then climbing mount Kilimanjaro and getting to the roof of Africa is something that will never leave your mind. Don't try to ascend fast. That is the main reason sometimes people fail to reach the top. Allow at least 6 days to reach the summit.