Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Safari
There are many explanations for how the Mount Kilimanjaro got its name and no one can agree what is the truth. "Mountain of Greatness", Mountain of Whiteness", "Mountain of Caravans", are all names derived from the Swahili and Chagga dialects.
Mount Kilimanjaro stands on featureless part of the East African plateau, on the Tanzanian side of the Kenya border near Moshi, side by side with the smaller Mount Meru. These mountains are extinct volcanoes, with Kilimanjaro actually being the agglomeration of three distinct volcanoes, Kibo (5896m/ 19,340 ft), Mwenzi (5,149 / 16,896 ft) and Shira (3,962m / 13,000 ft). whose violent creation is geologically associated with the creation of the Great Rift Valley, 100km to the West.
View of Mount KilimanjaroThe East African mountains have created a micro-climate around themselves and the rain-shadow created to their Southand East supplies the beautiful and superbly fertile land in which the towns of Moshi and Arusha are situated, full of banana groves and coffee plantations. Kilimanjaro National Park comprises all of the mountain above the tree line and six forest corridors that stretch through the forest belt.
Mount Kilimanjaro facts and figures
- The highest peak in Africa
- The highest freestanding peak in the world
- The highest 'walkable' mountain in the world
Mount Kilimanjaro Location
Northern Tanzania : East Africa 2 50' / 3 20'S : 37 00 / 37 35'E
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