Kilimanjaro Basics

Mount Kilimanjaro lies a 3 degrees south of equator, on the northern boundary of Tanzania. None of the mountain is in Kenya, only Tanzania. Its approximately 600 km from the Indian Ocean, as its own freestanding mountain. Its dramatic size and height influence the climate, vegetation, animal life and the climbing conditions.

It is made up of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo 19,340 feet (5,895 meters), Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5,149 meters); and Shira 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). Apart from its dramatic geological features Mount Kilimanjaro, it’s the perfect destination for wildlife and plant enthusiasts. Kilimanjaro contains an example of virtually every ecosystem on earth – glacier, snowfields, deserts, alpine moorland, savannah, and tropical jungle, all of which found on the mountain. Some say, the descent from the summit to the mainland, is like walking from the North Pole to the Equator in just one day.