Snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak at 19,340 ft high, stands colossally overlooking the vast plains of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro has 3 peaks that offer immaculate views of the game filled savannah beneath. The East African Rift Valley is also visible from Kibo, Mount Kilimanjaro’s highest peak. Because of it’s relatively gentle slope, even inexperienced climbers can climb Kilimanjaro, with the most spectacular views awaiting those that give it a go.
It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro all year round although the best times are the dry months of January, February and July through to September. One unmistakable feature of a climb up Kilimanjaro is seeing the distinctive brands of vegetation at different altitudes. First there are the grasslands followed by the damp forest zone, here dense trailing fronds of lianas hang everywhere from trees with heavily fortified trunks. This region is literally teeming with bird and animal life. Further up the alpine zone is made up entirely of open moorland where one can get spectacular sightings of large birds of prey.
The final two zones consist of highland desert and the summit, this is perhaps the most difficult phase of the climb up Kilimanjaro as oxygen is at its lowest level, about half the oxygen at sea level. For those who successfully conquer this magnificent mountain, the views from the summit over the great plains of African wilderness are simply breathtaking.