Mount Kilimanjaro's location in Tanzania - Foothills of Kilimanjaro -
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Kilimanjaro is a currently inactive strato-volcano in northern
Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. At 5,895 metres (19,340 feet)
above sea level, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and the world's
highest free-standing mountain. As such - and aided by its relatively
easy ascent - Kilimanjaro has become a major destination for
mountaineers and trekkers from around the world.
positioned close to the Equator (330 km south), Mount Kilimanjaro is
famous as Africa's snow-capped mountain looming over the plains of the
savannah. In recent years, however, the snows have been fast
disappearing. Kilimanjaro National Park protects the area above 2,700
metres (8,850 ft), on the mountain and includes the moorland and
highland zones, Shira Plateau, Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The Park also has
six corridors or rights of way through the Kilimanjaro Forest Reserve.
The Forest Reserve, which is also a Game Reserve, was established in
1921; the Park was established in 1973 and officially opened in 1977.
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from usual known adventure Kilimanjaro climbing, there are a lot more
to see in Mount Kilimanjaro. On western side of Kilimanjaro on lemosho
route travelers can do 2 days or day trip for wildlife tours and game
In mount Kilimanjaro there are natural waterfalls to see
like Materuni waterfalls and Kinukamori waterfalls. Near or at these
Kilimanjaro waterfalls, there are birds, monkeys and lots of wild
animals. At slopes of mount Kilimanjaro there are volcanic lakes like
lake Chala and culture tour to explore Chagga tribe at slopes of Mount
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landscape on Kilimanjaro is very beautiful. The mountain can be divided
into 5 climatic zones, each with its own fauna and flora. The lower
reaches of the mountain are dominated by evergreen forests. At approx.
3,000m the landscape starts to change into a shrub land setting. At
around 4,000m the landscape becomes very arid and rocky, similar to a
lunar landscape. The fourth zone consists of a very fine glacial scree /
silt dessert setting. The top of Kilimanjaro is partially snow-capped
with large glaciers interspersed between the volcanic craters. The
glaciers have been receding over the past 40 years, though.
Flora and fauna
mountain is rich in flora and fauna. You get to see the various
climatic conditions starting from the bushland on the bottom of the
mountain to the arctic ice region on top of the mountain. You have the
tropical rain forests, the evergreen forests, the moorlands and the
alpine desert regions in between. It is something like walking from the
equator to the arctic pole in a matter of days. You get to see some
unique plants and flowers on the mountain which is specific to Mt
Kilimanjaro. Though there is not much of wildlife on the mountain, you
can see some wild buffaloes, elephants and leopards while traversing
through the Lemosho Route. You are accompanied by armed rangers in the
initial day of the trek while going via the Lemosho route.