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Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park

Welcome to today's blog post " Kilimanjaro National Park". In this post, we will speak of what is affectionately known as the "Roof of Africa". Kilimanjaro is 4,900 m from its base to the summit at 5,895 m. Kili is the highest free standing mountain in the world and the tallest mountain in Africa.

Thousands of tourists descend on the towns of Moshi and Arusha every year with the dream of climbing this famed mountain. The wonderful thing about this amazing mountain is that you require no climbing skills and you can trek via different routes to the summit.

Animal life on Kilimanjaro

On the foot of Kilimanjaro large animals are plentiful. You will get to enjoy buffaloes and elephants as well as bushbuck, chameleons, dik-diks, duikers, mongoose, sunbirds, and warthogs. Of course, as you go higher up the mountain you will be more in awe of the mountain than the wonderful creatures below.

Climate on Kilimanjaro

On Kilimanjaro the climate is heavily influenced by the height of the mountain. You will experience nightly down-slope winds while during the day you shall experience up-slope winds. This pattern is experienced even stronger on the south side of the mountain.

There is also the influence of the equatorial trade winds and the high altitude anti-trades. The isolated position of the mountain is also a factor. Kili has two distinct rainy seasons, one from March to May and another around November. The northern slopes receive much less rainfall than the southern slopes.

Glacier on the Roof of Africa

The glacier at the summit of Kilimanjaro has been diminishing over the years, however the glacier still exists on the world’s tallest free standing mountain above the snowline. The mountain has 3 volcanic cones which separate the glacier.

The most famous is called "Kibo". Here is a startling fact: almost 85 percent of the ice cover on Kilimanjaro disappeared from October 1912 to June 2011, with coverage decreasing from 11.40 square kilometers (4.40 sq mi) to 1.76 square kilometers (0.68 sq mi).REFERENCE

Kilimanjaro National Park: Day Trip

We here at Augustine’s Adventure Africa (AA Africa) offer the perfect opportunity for you to take a day trip to Kilimanjaro. Our tour starts at the Marangu Gate at 1800m above sea level. We shall hike through the amazing rain forest to Mandara Hut (2,700 m). On our Kilimanjaro hike, you will also enjoy a picnic en route. We offer an optional hike for the fitter or braver individuals within the group to Maundi Crater (2,780 m). For more info click on Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park: Conclusion

So now that we have shared some information on the world’s highest free standing mountain, all that is left for you to do is to contact me here at Augustine’s Adventure Africa (AA Africa) to make your African dreams a reality.

Augustine Minja

Owner & Travel Consultant.

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