Mount Kilimanjaro

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MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Size: 1668 sq. km 641 sq. miles).

Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.

Kilimanjaro, The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, and the summit of Africa.

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 meters – to an imperious 5,895 meters (19,336 feet).

Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.

But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic.

Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated foot slopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.

Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent. Come and discover this beauty with African traits ltd we guarantee you the Best services and unforgettable adventure with the team of our professionals.

Key Activities to do In Mount Kilimanjaro National park

  • Six different summit Routes.
  • Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches.
  • Trout fishing.
  • The beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.

KILIMANJARO FULL MOON SUMMIT

When the peak of Kilimanjaro and magnificent glaciers are lit up by the full moon, the view is absolutely stunning. For this reason alone, some climbers schedule their trek to coincide with this celestial event, occurring once a month. However, a practical reason for climbing at these times is that a bright moon along with a clear sky will improve your visibility throughout your climb, and most importantly, during the summit attempt.

Below are full moon dates:

Month 2016 2017 2018 2019
January 23 12 2, 31 21
February 22 11 19
March 23 12 2, 31 21
April 22 11 30 19
May 22 11 29 19
June 20 9 28 17
July 19 9 27 17
August 18 7 26 15
September 16 6 25 14
October 15 5 24 14
November 14 4 23 12
December 13 3 22 12

To summit during a full moon, a 7-day climb should start 5 days prior to the full moon date. It is not necessary to summit on the exact full moon date to take advantage of moonlight. A summit on the day before or day after is also beneficial. We offer several group climbs with full moon summits every month during the dry season. These dates tend to be the first to book completely full well in advance.

For those who favor a less crowded climb, avoid the full moon completely as these dates attract many climbers. Another method of dodging crowds is to choose an “off” day of departure. Most climbers will begin their climbs on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, with routes lasting 6 to 7 days. We have many clients who climb with or without the full moon, and clients are equally satisfied with either itinerary.

Other Safari Activities (Extension Safaris)

  1. Other Activities/ Extensions on Safari
  2. Balloon Safaris
  3. Bird Watching Safaris
  4. Canoeing
  5. Water Games/Diving and Snorkeling
  6. Fishing
  7. Historical Sites
  8. Horse and Camel Riding
  9. Mountain Biking
  10. Museums
  11. Shopping and Nightlife
  12. Walking Safaris
  13. Night Game Drives