Kilimanjaro National Park is found 300 kilometers (190 mi) south of the equator and in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. The park is situated close to the city of Moshi. The park incorporates the entire of Mount Kilimanjaro over the tree line and the encompassing montane woodland belt over 1,820 meters.
Transcending the fields and timberlands of Tanzania is the “Roof of Africa,” Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,336 feet, this snow-topped pinnacle is Africa’s most noteworthy mountain and furthermore the world’s tallest walk-capable mountain. Achieving the summit is an extraordinary adventure in which you rise through five distinctive environmental zones.
Mount Kilimanjaro gives rich volcanic soil and an interminable supply of unadulterated spring waters that have made it an incredible lifesaver for the nearby Chagga individuals and all who make their lives around the mountain. An astonishing part of this mountain is that no ascending hardware for past experience is expected to get to the pinnacle.
Kilimanjaro National Park the lavish mountain timberland of Kilimanjaro is controlled by cheetahs, elephants, bison, the endangered Abbot’s duikers, and other little antelope, little gazelles, mandrills, colobus monkeys, hedge infants, and elands. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park additionally has more than 150 aviary fauna of which some are endemic to the region while others are transitory. White-necked Raven, blue snoozed mousebirds, since a long time ago followed trogon, dim hornbill, African fish birds, white-cheeked barbet, and African dwarf kingfisher are a segment of the feathered animals that can be found in the diversion focus.
Best time to visit
Visitors can visit Mountain Kilimanjaro National Park throughout the year. However, the best time period for trekking Kilimanjaro is during the dry season, from late June to October and patch of the dry season between the short and long rains from late December to early March.
It is best to avoid November and March- April, as the trail through the forest will be slippery, and the routes up to the summit would be covered by snow.
What to see?
Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain peak in Africa and the world’s highest free-standing mountain is the main attraction of this park.
The other attractions of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park are its three peaks – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira peak, the Shira Plateau, Chala Crater Lake.
You can spot buffaloes, elephants, red duikers and bushbucks in the park. Leopards, bushbaby, white and black colobus, and blue monkey can be spotted around the montane forest region of the park.
How to get there?
You can reach Mount Kilimanjaro National Park by both airways and roadways.
Roadways: The park is a two-hour drive from Arusha. From Moshi town it takes around one hour to reach the Marangu Gate of the national park. While from Kilimanjaro International Airport it is only one hour and half drive time.
Airways: Direct flights from all the major International airports and domestic airlines from Tanzania are easily available to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
You can do an array of activities at Kilimanjaro National park such as:
- Short Walking Safaris
- Bird watching