KILIMANJARO SAFARIS

Guide to Planning and Booking a Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari Tour in Tanzania
Plan Your Kilimanjaro Holiday with the Safari Specialists
·· Mt Kilimanjaro Safari:

A Climbers Conquest

UHURU Peak on Kilimanjaro, at 5,896 metres (19,344 feet) is Africa's highest peak and one of the world's tallest freestanding mountains. This world Heritage Site is a truly magnificent sight; rising, in isolated splendour, almost 5,000m from the surrounding savannah plains. Although considered extinct, it does emit steam and sulphur in Kibo's crater.

It is a hugely attractive mountain to climb because the summit can be reached without the need for ropes or technical mountaineering skills. The right preparation is vital, it is a 'serious' mountain and many fail to make the summit due to ascending too quickly and getting altitude sickness. Paying for the extra day is highly recommended!

The lower slopes are heavily cultivated with bananas, coffee and corn, by the Chagga tribe, but fields soon give way to dense rainforest to alpine moor land then to a barren, lunar-like landscape leading to the snow capped, twin summits of rounded Kibo and jagged Mawenzi. There are 10 popular lower slopes routes, which merge into 3 summit routes. Every route, except the Marangu one, offers wonderful opportunities for camp.

Nestled below Kilimanjaro is Moshi from where most climbing expeditions start and finish. Tourists arrive by road from Nairobi, Kenya or on daily international flights from Kenya, South Africa and Europe as well as internal flights from Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar into Kilimanjaro International Airport, 45km West, and a few miles North of the tiny Tanzanite lodes.

To the south-east are the little visited Pare and Usambara Mountains as well as Mkomazi Game Reserve bordering Kenya's Tsavo National Park.

NB: When considering a safari in Tanzania, please be aware that East African parks and reserves have daily park fees per person of at least $100 - this is over and above the accommodation costs. There is also no public transport that can be taken to access the Tanzania parks - to experience these areas you need a guide and vehicle, before you start looking at acommodation options. We not sell any low budget accommodation options in Tanzania, so please be realistic in your cost expectations and we will always do our best to assist you.

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