Rising out of the savannah, floating above the clouds, Mount Kilimanjaro is a truly spectacular and awe-inspiring vision.
The world’s tallest free-standing mountain, and the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of Tanzania’s greatest sights. Its peak – permanently capped with ice – stands at a staggering 19,341 ft above sea level, leading the great vistas of savannah with the clouds seeming like nothing more than a ribbon across the great mountain.
The summit of Africa, Kilimanjaro rises up alone. Unlike most of the world’s highest summits, it is not part of a wide mountain range, rather it is made up of three volcanic cones, forming its distinctive circular summit and steep sides, surrounded by vast, flat plains.
Sitting in the Kilimanjaro National Park, the mountain’s slope dominate every aspect of life, from the weather to the plant life around it. This region of Africa is famed for its wide open, arid plains, but those surrounding Kilimanjaro are somewhat different – with increased rainfall the plains are home to much more life, including huge aggregations of flamingos, baboons and The Big 5. When the flat plains turn into gentle slopes, the nutrient-rich soils produce some of the world’s most delicious coffee. Northern Tanzania’s largest export, the coffee grown in these volcanic slopes is reason enough to visit the region, but there is so much more besides.
Whilst climbing this natural giant is not high on many people’s priority list, the breathtaking vistas it creates across Northern Tanzania will create memories you will hold dear your whole life. Its beauty is as remarkable as the awe-inspiring animals you witness whilst on safari in the nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. A tour to Tanzania offers so much and will give you many memories and a camera packed full of stunning photos, but one thing is for sure, to take your breath away.