Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park houses the highest mountain of the continent in Tanzania. Around the base of this snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, there are accessible trails. The slopes steepen on approaching the Uhuru Peak summit and you can see glacial ice fields. Kilimanjaro is at 5895 m in Africa. The snowy peak looks over the savannah and is enveloped by mountain forest. Going on hikes will show you giant ferns, craters, plenty of scenic views, and wildlife.

Places of attractions

Mt. Kilimanjaro is itself the major attraction. A variety of animals can be found in the Kilimanjaro National Park.

Chala Crater Lake

This lake clear waters appears midnight blue, turquoise blue, or a stunning emerald, depending on the time. This lake is on the Kenya and Tanzania border, lying in the Kilimanjaro shadow.

Olpopongi cultural village

Olpopongi houses authentic Maasai experiences. You get to discover the best culture. See the Kraals living for a long time as early settlers. Enjoy local foods, learn about Maasai family traditions, and interact with Maasai regarding their heritage. This experience will be unique to know about the Maasai culture without intruding on their villages and private homes or disturbing their daily routine.

Things to Do

Visiting Mount Kilimanjaro is a once-a-lifetime view.  A few things that are not-a-miss to do are:

How to access

Public transport is a bit uncomfortable, unreliable and slow.  That said, the convenient, cheap Tanzanian transport is a bus, train or dalla-dalla.

Buses are run by express bus companies. They are reliable, comfortable and safe, running on a fixed timetable. Ordinary buses are cheap, but leave only when full. The dalla-dallas are the minibuses covering the neighboring towns.

Trains run a skeleton service.

Best time to visit

There are two trekking seasons from January to March and June to October.


Solo trekkers are not permitted to the mountains. There are various routes, difficulty levels, and views that a guide is a must. The Marangu and Machame Route are popular for trekking and it takes 4-7 days.