Tanzania’s flat plains are dominated by the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and neighbouring Mount Meru. Ascending the former has become a rite of passage for intrepid climbers the world over, and due to the availability of excellent guiding and several routes to choose from, many people succeed in summiting. As the highest mountain on the African continent, Kilimanjaro earns the title of the world’s tallest free-standing massif, standing at 5,895 metres. The mountain itself is made up of three long-extinct volcanoes, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, and its surrounding national park stretches across 3,385 square kilometres.
The snow-capped peak can be seen from over 140 kilometres away, and yet the best views are from the summit. While scaling Mount Kilimanjaro should not be taken lightly, no real technical climbing ability is required so Kilimanjaro holidays are accessible to many. The key to a successful summit lies in the preparation, and despite the relatively straightforward ascent it’s impossible to do it alone. A team of strong and experienced porters are required to transport everything - from the tent that you sleep in to the pots that you’ll cook in - up the mountain with you. In addition to an excellent guide (courtesy of our team) and adequate preparation for your own fitness (that one’s down to you!) holidays to Kilimanjaro also require a suitable choice of route. The undoubtedly scenic Machame and Lemosho routes are the most popular, while the Umbwe and Rongai routes will take you away from the well-trodden trail for a unique perspective.
Kilimanjaro’s main climbing season runs from December to early March, and again from June to the end of October; outside of these times you’ll find the weather and logistics pretty hard going.