Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in northern Tanzania covers the total area of 1,688 square kilometres (652 sq. mi, it stands at 5896m, and is the highest peak in the whole African continent. It is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world and one of the world’s highest volcanoes. The mountain has three volcanic peaks which are Kibo, shira and Mawenzi.
The park was established as a national park in 1977. Mt Kilimanjaro National Park is among Tanzania’s most visited parks, unlike the other northern parks, this isn’t a place for a wildlife view, although it’s there. Rather, people visit the area to trek the amazing snow-capped mountain on the equator, and to climb to the top of Africa.
Mt Kilimanjaro is located in northern of Tanzania next to some of the top safari parks in Africa, so while making a climb it would be a shame not visit the northern parks and experience the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara or Tarangire.
Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, an ideal for trekkers from around the world. Many climbers reach the Uhuru peak with no more than just a trekking pole, proper clothing and determination.
Did you know?
Nearly every kind of ecological system is found on the mountain, cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit (uhuru).
HISTORY OF KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK.
The history goes back in the early twentieth century when the Mountain and the adjacent forests were announced as a game reserve by the German colonial government.
In 1921, it was designated as a forest reserve and in 1973, the mountain above the tree line (about 2,700 metres (8,900 ft)) was reclassified as a national park.
The park was stated a world heritage site by the UNESCO in 1987. In 2005, the park was expanded to include the entire montane forest, which had been part of the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve.
WHY VISIT KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK.
(is it worth?)
- Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa.
And the most surprising fact is that it can be climbed without technical skills or climbing equipment. In other words, a beginner without any experience on big mountains can safely and successfully make it to the top.
Technically, the easiest to climb of the world’s Seven Summits is Kilimanjaro.
- One of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain on the equator. Climbing Kilimanjaro is like hiking from the equator to the North Pole in a week, providing dramatic changes in vegetation and animal life day by day. Worth a visit!
- Experience a trek through Stunning Landscapes.
One of the attractions of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is that the views is varied and beautiful. A hike starts in the vegetation zone then rain forest and tops out in the arctic ecosystem. In between there are a couple more environments which are heath and alpine desert.
Each zone found on Kilimanjaro has its own uniqueness. Forest zone is characterized by different wild animals such as black and white colobus monkeys and birdlife.