TRAVEL IN KILIMANJARO
Natural beauty, wild beasts and friendly locals; Kilimanjaro has it all. The crowning jewel of Tanzania, go right into the heart of this amazing region with a trip to the Kilimanjaro National Park. First things first: you’ll want to do some climbing.
The highlight of a trip to Kilimanjaro is climbing its signature mountain. Standing at 5895 metres high, experiencing Mount Kilimanjaro by foot is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But don’t freak out! While this mountain is tall, it’s definitely not as scary as it seems. There are a number of hiking routes and trails that are suitable for different levels of fitness and difficulty.
If you’re keen on pushing yourself, head right up to Kibo Peak. The tallest of the three volcanos of Kilimanjaro, you’ll have to hike through five different climate zones to conquer Kibo. Pass through semi-arid bush, rainforests and snow-capped peaks to get to the summit. While it’s challenging, it’s not impossible. And the view from the top makes it all worth it.
If you want to get in on the outdoor adventure but want to keep it light, we suggest opting for the Shira Plateau instead. This beautiful stretch of parkland was once an ancient volcano, and its valleys were carved out by lava rivers hundreds of thousands of years ago. Walk these ancient trails in search of elephants, lions and buffalos for your own Lion King moment.
Keen to add a bit of culture to your trip? Kilimanjaro’s got loads of it. Want to learn about some of the local cultures? Head over to Olpopongi. This remote community is home to the Maasai people, one of the oldest tribal cultures in East Africa. Learn about their culture and be amazed at how they survive in the middle of the African desert. Enjoy traditional nyama choma, and chow down on other Tanzanian favourites like mandazi and local coffee.
With so many things to do in Kilimanjaro, you’ll never want to leave this incredible place.