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Climbing Kilimanjaro as a Couple

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Climbing Kilimanjaro as a Couple

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By Matthys van Aswegen

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It would be something of a stretch to characterize climbing Kilimanjaro as a romantic holiday. It’s a tough hike in challenging climatic conditions, and opportunities for romance will be limited.

Aerial view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Aerial view of Mount Kilimanjaro.

That said, Kilimanjaro is very popular with and well-suited to adventurous couples where both partners are reasonably fit and enjoy active outdoor experiences.

A Kilimanjaro climb will be more affordable per person for a couple than climbing Kilimanjaro solo, and most people would regard the companionship as a boon.

Camp point on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Camp point on Mount Kilimanjaro.

It’s essential, however, that couples who are not well matched in terms of fitness, pace, or stamina agree in advance whether the stronger partner will stick with the slower one or each will do their own thing, in which case you need to make sure two guides are on board.

A romantic alternative to climbing Kilimanjaro is to spend a couple of nights near the base of the majestic mountain soaking up the view.

View of Mount Kilimanjaro.
View of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Soaring 5000m (16,404ft) above the plains below, Kilimanjaro’s distinctive silhouette and snow-capped peak rank as of the most iconic sights on the African continent.

Remember that the upper slopes are usually swathed in a blanket of clouds that often clear at dusk and dawn.

Mount Kilimanjaro at dawn.
Mount Kilimanjaro at dawn.

There are plenty of good hotels dotted around the southern foothills in Tanzania.

A more attractive option – ensuring you have plenty to keep you occupied even when the clouds are unyielding – is to stay at a safari lodge in one of two superb conservation areas that lie in the shadow of Kilimanjaro. 

Giraffe with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background, Amboseli National Park.
Giraffe with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background, Amboseli National Park.

The better-known of these is Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, which supports some of the continent’s most impressively tusked and most habituated elephants. 

Its Tanzanian counterpart is West Kilimanjaro, an exclusive wildlife management area where traditional Maasai pastoral communities live alongside abundant wildlife.

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