CLIMBING OR TREKKING MOUNT KILIMANJARO
The primary purpose of tourists' visit to Kilimanjaro National Park which occupies about 75,353 hectares is to climb the roof of Africa. Standing approximately 330 kilometers south of the equator on the northern boundary of Tanzania, Mt. Kilimanjaro 5895 meters above sea level is the highest mountain in Africa.
It is one of the world's largest free standing mountains. Mt. Kilimanjaro is composed of one extinct volcano: Shira, 3,962 meters and two dormant volcanoes: Kibo 5,895 meters and Mawenzi 5,149 meters. Changes are evident when hiking through the unique flora and fauna in the park.
The vegetation changes according to the environmental condition at a particular altitude depending on the temperature and the amount of rainfall. Mount Kilimanjaro ecosystem comprises of five major ecological zones as follows, lower slopes, mountainous forests, heath and moorland, alpine desert and the summit. Kilimanjaro National Park is the Tanzania's popular northern tourist circuit.
National Parks located 56 kilometers from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). Kilimanjaro National Park can be reached by flying into KIA and driving through Moshi, the capital town of Kilimanjaro Region.