Kilimanjaro

National Park

The name Kilimanjaro comes from the phrase “Kilema Kyaro” meaning “that which cannot be conquered” in the language of the Chagga people who inhabit the base of the mountain on the Tanzanian side. German explorers spelled the name of the mountain as “Kilimascharo”, a name that was later spelt as “Kilimanjaro” by Swahili-speaking people. With the help of our expert guides and porters, even without technical climbing skills you can conquer the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world! Kilimanjaro, or “the roof of Africa” as it is known, is an extinct volcano, one of the most massive in all the world. Kilimanjaro’s 19,340ft (5895m) height makes it Africa’s greatest landmark, visible for more than one hundred miles. The inverted bowl of its snow-capped summit appears surreal against the vivid blue sky, as does the dark rain forest on its slopes. The mountain, a source of fresh water for both humans and wildlife, provides refuge for thousands of animals such as buffalos, zebra, elephants, leopard, black and white colobus monkeys, and all the smaller varieties that prefer dense forest. There are several routes that you can take to the summit: Rongai Route—This is a challenging trail that may only be used for ascending the mountain with the Marangu route as the descent path. Shira Route—A very scenic choice for a Kilimanjaro climb. Umbwe Route—One of the hardest climbs on Mount Kilimanjaro. Mweka Route—Used to descend the mountain because it is steep and direct. Lemosho Glades Route—This is very good route for acclimatization. Marangu Route—Called the “Coca Cola route” ( for being the easiest route), and features huts for accommodations. Machame Route—This is tougher route, and accommodation are provided in tents.

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