Mount Kilimanjaro National Park overview

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is a true meaning of East African beauty. This park protects Africa’s highest point – Mount Kilimanjaro, a very popular destination that holds quite a strong profile. Mount Kilimanjaro national park covers a total land area of 1,688 square kilometers with all the surrounding montane forest belt which is above 1,820 meters above sea level. This is one of the most visited destinations in Tanzania third to Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater respectively. The park was declared a game reserve in 1921 and designated as a forest reserve in 1973.

Mount Kilimanjaro National park, along with its three volcanic cones “Mawenzi”, “Kibo” and “Shira” is a lethargic volcanic mountain in Tanzania. It is one of the seven summits and furthermore ends up being the highest freestanding mountain in the whole world. It is climbed by so many tourists who travel to Tanzania yearly and is one of those challenging spots that every adventurous traveler should visit at all costs. The climbing experience is very physical, tiresome, and risky but the feeling of hiking till the Uhuru peak is an accomplishment you will always be proud of hence, definitely worth every effort of your endeavors. The mountain rises approximately 4,900 meters from the base to a breathtaking 5,895 meters above sea level.

Wildlife in Mount Kilimanjaro National park

Mount kilimanjaro National park it harbors a lot of wildlife species that might be attractive to the explorer who is on a safari over the Kilimanjaro Plains and might be intending to climb the incredible mountain. Some of the wildlife species include the cape Buffaloes who leave in the mountain forest that surrounds the National Park.

Another of the most eye-catching species is the African Elephants which are seen in big herds traversing the lands between Namwai and Tarankia rivers. In the montane forest, you will be able to find primate species like the blue monkeys, western black and white colobuses, bush babies, and other species like leopards, giraffes, bats, antelopes among others. It is quite an amazing experience for those who are planning to hike to be able to view different kinds of wildlife species as traverse Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.

When to go to the Mount kilimajaro National park

Mount Kilimanjaro is situated close to the Equator and in this way, the regions around the mountain get Dry Seasons and wet seasons. Climbing mount Kilimanjaro National park is very hazardous when the climate is muddled for instance during the wet seasons, it is dangerous because of the slippery trails, snow, mud and other weather disasters which might be of harm to the body. Subsequently this leaves the Dry season being the best an ideal opportunity to climb mount Kilimanjaro. The dry months which are ideal for climbing are the long periods of December to March and those of late June through to September. In this manner, make certain to book your mount Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari during these months.

What to do in Kilimanjaro

Hiking to Uhuru peak; It is everyone’s dream who come to do an Activities in Mount Kilimanjaro to hike up to the peak. Celebrations always follow every successful hike to the peak, depending on the fitness of the guests one can choose which route to take from the 6 hiking Routes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The hiking routes include Machame route, Rongai route, Shira Route, Lemosho Route, Marangu route and Umbwe Route route. Hiking to the top of the mountain can take from 6 days to 8 days depending on the fitness and the route the guest chooses.

We give our guest guidelines to follow and this has made our 100% record in all our hiking safaris to Mt Kilimanjaro National park. With the help of our experienced guides and potters we make sure every guest reaches to the summit and comes back safely.

Bird watching; When you are planning for your challenging trip to the African highest mountain, be ready that you will be received by songs of different forest birds that are found across the park. Mount Kilimanjaro National park has a record of over 750 bird species hence thinking it a one-stop destination for birders. The great birders take advantage of hiking Mount Kilimanjaro as they kill two birds using one stone. They do birding as they enjoy the hiking of the Kilimanjaro as well, birding is one of the Activities in Mount Kilimanjaro that has contributed a lot in attracting tourists to this mountain.

Primate trekking; is one of the key Activities in Mount Kilimanjaro National park, the mountain is a home of different primate species like Baboons, Blue Monkey, Black-faced Monkey, and others found at the park. These are found swimming at the tree branches and sometimes come cloth to the guests as they like playing as snatching food staffs from the bags of the guests.

Visiting of the Chala Crater lake; The Chala crater lake is found at the edge of Mt Kilimanjaro inside the high crater rim is one of the largest lakes found at the mountain. Guests enjoy the scenic specular view of the crater lake. The Chala Crater lake covers 1.6 square miles is the sightseeing site with its incredible waters which range in color from turquoise to emerald green depending on the time and weather of the year. There are some camps around the lake where visitors can enjoy viewing the lake at their own tents or tour around the swamp.

Climate in Kilimanjaro

The climate of Kilimanjaro is influenced by the height of the mountain, which allows the simultaneous influence of the equatorial trade winds and the high altitude anti-trades; and by the isolated position of the mountain. Kilimanjaro has daily upslope and nightly downslope winds, a regimen stronger on the southern than the northern side of the mountain. The flatter southern flanks are more extended and affect the atmosphere more strongly.

Kilimanjaro has two distinct rainy seasons, one from March to May and another around November. The northern slopes receive much less rainfall than the southern ones. The lower southern slope receives 800 to 900 millimetres annually, rising to 1,500 to 2,000 millimetres (59 to 79 in) at 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) altitude and peaking “partly over” 3,000 millimetres (120 in) in the forest belt at 2,000 to 2,300 metres (6,600 to 7,500 ft). In the alpine zone, annual precipitation decreases to 200 millimetres.

The average temperature in the summit area is approximately −7 °C (19 °F). Nighttime surface temperatures on the Northern Ice Field (NIF) fall on average to −9 °C (16 °F) with an average daytime high of −4 °C (25 °F). During nights of extreme radiational cooling, the NIF can cool to as low as −15 to −27 °C (5 to −17 °F).

Getting there

The national park is accessible by road. In Tanzania, Kilimanjaro International Airport also serves as an important traffic hub