Top 5 Must Do's in Kilimanjaro

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Mount Kilimanjaro is the loftiest peak in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. It's nestled on the Tanzanian and Kenyan border to the south of the Equator. Here's some information on the best places to see and things to do in this charming wilderness zone.

1. Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is one of the most frequented climbing routes to reach the Kilimanjaro summit. Visitors can expect to take approximately six days to complete the climb. There are several huts and tents that adorn the hiking trails of the route so you can stopover for some delicious local breakfast and beverages. This is one of the six official climbing routes demarcated by the regional authorities. The best time to climb is from August to November.

2. Mount Kibo

Mount Kibo is the highest crater on the entire Kilimanjaro belt and is one of the most dramatic sights in the region. A 1000,000 years old natural phenomenon caused a heavy precipice, which made the magma back out from the central conduit of the volcano. This remains a place of dormant volcanoes that though inactive are not yet extinct.

3. The Machame Hiking Route

Machame is one of the most scenic hiking routes on the Kilimanjaro where there are several accommodation tents to camp on the hiking trails. This path is for the slightly more adventurous hikers who want a taste of Kilimanjaro’s rugged innate charm. The route offers beautiful vistas of the region that are not seen of any other route.

4. Guided bag packing hike

Go on an eight day Kilimanjaro bag packing trip through the Rongai Route and view the ice-dunked and cloud kissed mountains, while walking through lush greenery trails and dramatic natural rock formation structures. The hikes are conducted by several private groups like Africa Extreme and this particular one starts and ends at Moshi. For more information and reservations call +27 (0) 21 422 4091.

5. The Volcanic Centers

The outstanding volcanic centers on the Kilimanjaro Mountains are  worth witnessing for their grand natural splendor and incredible features. The Shira is located approximately 3962 meters to the west and the Mawenzi is 5149 meters towards the eastern region.

Kilimanjaro is a beautiful destination of snow-capped mountains and thrilling climbing routes that cut through lush forest paths to offer pure hiking adventure.

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