Most travelers to Tanzania end up in Serengeti National park to catch the action during the wildebeest migration, and wind on the white sand and blue waters of Zanzibar. Off course these are really eye catching.
If you try a safari in Africa and this time purely on foot nothing to do with moving in the vehicle all the time or chilling at the beautiful beaches, you will be amazed, and the best way to experience this is to find your way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. You can be assured of the magnificent sights on the roof top and on the foot hills.
At 5,895 meters high, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest in Africa and free standing tallest mountain in the world with three distinct volcanic cones that include Kibo at 5,895 meters, Mawenzi at 5,149 meters and Shira at 3,962 meters, highest summit being Uhuru Peak on Kibo Crater.
There are eight official trekking routes to Mount Kilimanjaro ‘the roof of Africa’:
1. Marangu Route is the main and most desired path to the roof of Africa because the trails are mild and fit for non experienced climbers. This route has beautiful sceneries of the forest and Maundi crater, Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, also it’s the only route which has emergency evacuation provision.
2. Machame Route; This is another scenic route, most climbers regard it the most beautiful because of its stunning gradual ascent and scenic views of the moorland on Shira Plateau, the crags, now of Kibo and the Western Breach.
3. Mweka Route: It’s the quickest when ascending and descending but the most steep making it suitable for only the physically fit and experienced climbers. Other routes include Shira Plateau route, Umbwe route, Rongai route, Maua route.
Weather on Mount Kilimanjaro
During the climbing you go through climatic 4 zones what others can say climbing 4 seasons in just 4 days or so days).The average temperatures are usually at 20°C and -25°C on the summit. Be prepared to hike through the cloud/fog, tropical sun, desert, heather, forest and finally the snow on the summit, this is the most scenic trip one can ever have and with lots of memories, but documenting them on through video or photography will be the best.
Meals on the roof of Africa (Mount Kilimanjaro)
All meals are provided from breakfast, lunch to dinner. The meals served most are the high energy carbohydrate foods these include rice, potatoes and pasta. Fresh fruit and vegetables accompany every meal.
Water is collected from the mountain streams and boiled for purification. Water is provided only at the campsites so you need to carry enough water, usually about 4 liters, to stay hydrated while you hike.
What to pack
Hiking boots, Expedition clothes, socks, winter hat, gloves, gators, scarf, sun glasses, cotton underwear, sun cream.