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Highest peak in Africa

This snow-capped peak near the equator in Africa is one of the world's Seven Summits climbing challenges

Kilimanjaro changed the way people thought of Africa. The first European missionary to see a snow-capped mountain this close to the equator in Africa was regarded as crazy and sent home in 1848. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania. It's the highest peak in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. For more than a century people have been climbing it, the first successful attempt by German geologist Hans Meyer in 1889. Today there are seven trekking routes on Kilimanjaro – six up to the summit and one, called Mweka, which everyone uses for the descent.

Popular Kilimanjaro National Park safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Two Peak Challenge: Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro

Summit two of Tanzania's iconic mountain ranges in under two weeks

$ 3,370

£ 2,571

R 48,125

2,922

per person

13 days

Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain

For the average climber, Machame is probably the most reliable route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the roof of Africa

$ 2,325

£ 1,774

R 33,202

2,016

per person

9 days
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Megan Warrington says

'Kilimanjaro isn't a walk in the park. Here's a checklist of things to do before you attempt the summit.  Make sure your climbing guide is good and has the necessary support on the mountain from his office Prepare: you will have to prepare mentally and physically to make this a pleasant experience Choose the right route – this has a huge influence on your experience Make sure you have the right gear Manage your oxygen intake and consumption'

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The easiest route – Rongai

Rongai is a long route but with the easiest gradient. It starts on the north-eastern slopes of the mountain and links up with the busy Marangu route to summit over Gilman’s Point. This could mean seven days on the mountain. Rongai is a camping route and it isn't busy. 

The longest route – Lemosho

This route starts on the western slopes so you need time. It's a difficult route but good for acclimatising. It's also scenic and not too busy, linking with Machame to summit over Stella Point.

The least travelled route – Shira

This route is long so great for acclimatising but not easy. The southern traverse is beautiful and the Shira volcano wonderful to see. On the western approach you always seem to be in the shade. It links with the Machame route and summits over Stella Point.

Your best chance – Machame

This is probably the most popular route; it's certainly easier than the others, but is getting crowded. It passes Lawa Tower, goes over Baranco wall and lets you summit via Stella Point.   

The quickest route – Umbwe

Umbwe is the steepest route up and allows for the least amount of acclimatisation so it's not often used.  It summits over Stella Point and the ascent and descent are right next to each other. 

The Coka Cola route – Marangu

This route makes use of huts and it's always busy. The infrastructure helps to a certain extent but not when you try to sleep: the huts are cold and noisy. Not recommended. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kilimanjaro National Park

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Reviews on our Kilimanjaro National Park safaris

History was made in supporting Chaeli Mycroft to become the 1st quadriplegic female to summit Kilimanjaro. What amazing partners Discover Africa are! Great communications from the home team ensured that getting to Tanzania happened without a…

Zelda Mycroft

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.

Ron

from United States of America

We had a wonderful experience with the Discover Africa team on our trip to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Due to unforeseen circumstances we needed to head down early and their team were most helpful in arranging exciting new options for us while…

Mark Tomlinson

from South Africa

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…

Saldrix

from South Africa

Two male lions tried to take on an older female lion. The alpha male recently died and they were trying to take over his pride. The female lion was having none of it and while the males tried to tag team her; she swatted her massive paw at…

Kay Oczkowski

from United States of America

Waking up at 5:00 am to a bumpy ride all the way to a hidden hyena den, was something I’ll never forget. But the absolute best part was when the 1 month old cub peeked his head out to say hello. It was heartbreakingly cute.

Alana Krutoyarsky

from United States of America

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