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MOUNT KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

 
Background Information

Destination Highlights

Mount Kilimanjaro and the associated Kilimanjaro National Park are located in the northern regions of Tanzania, straddling the border with nearby Kenya. At 5,895m (19,336 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and simultaneously lays claim to the "highest free standing mountain" in the world - it is a singular monstrosity that is not part of a mountain range...as is normally the case.
The mountain is a mere 3 degrees south of the Equator, and is furthermore unusual in the fact that it has a permanent snow-cap all year round, despite its locality. A combination of height and geographic features means that Mount Kilimanjaro represents all of the earth's climate types - from the tropics to the arctics, with climbers passing through cultivated slopes, wild rainforests, moorlands, alpine deserts and glacial fields. Along the way, elephant, leopard, buffalo and various antelope can be spotted, and the view from the top is considered to be one of the best in the world...the whole of Africa's wilderness at your feet!

Kilimanjaro is the only walkable mountain of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks in all seven continents), and provided you have a reasonable degree of fitness and some determination under your belt, reaching the summit is something that can be achieved without any previous technical experience or knowledge.

 
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There are currently six routes up the mountain, from the popular and safe Marangu route, to the Umbwe route that requires actual rock climbing. Each has its own advantages and the choice is largely down to preference (some are more scenic, others have a greater success rate, or different approach methods) and availability of expeditions. Our guides have been climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and the Rwenzoris since 1990. Since 1993 they've taken 8000 climbers up Mt Kilimanjaro! The average success rate of our groups is 95%, on many other climbs the average is 60%!

What to see and do

From soaring groundwater forests and a tranquil lake, to the mountain escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park boasts an incredible wealth of habitats and diverse African wildlife. Guests are offered an exciting, interpretive safari experience in game-rich surrounds which include large herds of elephant and buffalo. An incredible array of bird life thrives on the alkaline soda of Lake Manyara. Pink flamingo stoop and graze by the thousands, colourful specks against the grey minerals of the lake shore. Also seen here are Yellow-billed storks and herons, all merging together to provide a spectacular show to the onlooker. Even reluctant bird-watchers will find something to watch and marvel at within the national park. Lake Manyara National Park is said to have the largest population of baboons in all of Africa. One of the real highlights is the flamboyance of flamingos that stain the soda lakes pink.