Mount Kilimanjaro is the continents highest peak, and one of Africa’s most magnificent sighs. The highest freestanding mountain in the world, rising from cultivated farmlands, through lush rainforest to alpine meadows, and at last in between lunar landscape up to the twin summits of Kibo (5895 m) and Mawenzi (5149 m) peaks.

”We, the people of Tanganyika, would like to light a candle and put it on top of Mount Kilimanjaro which would shine beyond our borders giving hope where there was despair, love where there was hate, and dignity where before there was only humiliation”.

Julius Nyrere, 22nd of October 1959 Baba wa Taifa – Father of the nation

Facts:

Africa’s highest mountain, 5.895 m above sea level
Three extinct or dormant volcanoes, Kibo (5.895 m), Mawenzi (5.149 m) and Shira (3.962 m)
Rises 4.800 m up from the plains
Cover 4 square kilometres 40 kilometres across at its widest point

Duel for Kilimanjaro

Contrary to popular myth, and as romantic as the tale must sound, Kilimanjaro is not in Tanzania because of the Victorian foibles of a British Queen and her desire to please her German grandson with a present on his birthday.

Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania today, where it has been since 1896 when the Berlin conference partitioned the continent of Africa among the European powers, because of the complex history of events which preceded the scramble for Africa.

5th of October 1889 is the date when Kilimanjaro finally was conquered. After his first attempt, who was aborted when he had to turn back at 5.575 m, Dr Hans Meyer and an experienced Alpine mountaineer, Ludwig Purtscheller, made it to the summit.

Since its official opening in 1977, Kilimanjaro National Park has become one of Tanzania’s most popular, and most visited National Park. This park is not famous for its wildlife, like all the other National Parks in Tanzania, but the uniqueness of a snow capped mountain close to equator, and the chance to climb to the roof of Africa.

Contrary to popular myth, and as romantic as the tale must sound, Kilimanjaro is not in Tanzania because of the Victorian foibles of a British Queen and her desire to please her German grandson with a present on his birthday.

Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania today, where it has been since 1896 when the Berlin conference partitioned the continent of Africa among the European powers, because of the complex history of events which preceded the scramble for Africa.

5th of October 1889 is the date when Kilimanjaro finally was conquered. After his first attempt, who was aborted when he had to turn back at 5.575 m, Dr Hans Meyer and an experienced Alpine mountaineer, Ludwig Purtscheller, made it to the summit.

Since its official opening in 1977, Kilimanjaro National Park has become one of Tanzania’s most popular, and most visited National Park. This park is not famous for its wildlife, like all the other National Parks in Tanzania, but the uniqueness of a snow capped mountain close to equator, and the chance to climb to the roof of Africa.