Mount Kilimanjaro National Park host Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain peak of Africa and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain is dominated by the spectacular panorama that 'Kili' provides.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most iconic sights in Africa, situated to the east of Arusha and north of the small town of Moshi. Mount Kilimanjaro, standing at 5,985 metres tall, is one of the most accessible summits in the world. Apart from the climbing experience, there is much more to Kilimanjaro than its summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour ranging from the tropics to the Arctic.
The Kilimanjaro national park has diverse vegetation that alters slowly as you ascend towards Kili’s peak. The vegetation of the park ranges from the Savannah grasslands to the montane forest leading to the heath region and moorlands to alpine deserts at the peak of Kilimanjaro.
Apart from the climbing this majestic peak an array of activities can be done in the park such visiting its nature, witnessing wildlife on its slopes, fishing trout or taking a trip to the Chala Crater Lake at the southeastern slopes of the mountain.
The lush mountain forest of Kilimanjaro is inhabited by leopards, elephants, buffaloes, the endangered Abbot’s duikers, and other small antelopes, baboons, Columbus monkeys, bush babies and elands.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is also home to over 150 bird species of which some are endemic to the area while others are migratory. White-necked Raven, blue napped mousebirds, long-tailed trogon, grey hornbill, African fish eagles, white-cheeked barbet and African pygmy kingfisher are some of the birds that can be spotted in the park.
Mountain Kilimanjaro National Park is open all year round for tourists. Being located near to the equator the temperature of the Kilimanjaro is consistent throughout the year. January and February are considered the best months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as these are two of the warmest month, however, another good season for climbing Kilimanjaro in August and September. The months of April and May should be avoided if possible as these paths will be slippery, and the routes leading to the summit, primarily the Western Breach, would be covered by snow.
Mount Kilimanjaro is undoubtedly the main tourist attraction of this park. It is the highest mountain peak in Africa and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Apart from Mount Kilimanjaro some of the other attractions of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park three peak of Kilimanjaro- Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira peak, the Shira Plateau, Chala Crater Lake.
Wildlife such as buffaloes, elephants, red duikers and bushbucks can be seen in the park. While you can spot leopards, bushbaby, white and black colobus and blue monkey around the montane forest region of the park.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is linked by both airways and roadways.
It is situated away by one hour and a half drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport. While it takes a two-hour drive from Arusha and one hour from Moshi town to reach the Marangu Gate of the national park.
Direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport are available from all the major European and domestic airlines.
Direct charter flights to the Arusha National Park are also available.