Mount Kilimanjaro is the Crown of Tanzania and The Roof of Africa. With an altitude of 5895m (19.340ft), it is the highest peak in Africa, the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and one of the largest volcanoes. The base of the immense mountain has a diameter of about 70 km. On clear days, this impressive formation can be seen from more than 160 km away, and although it is only three degrees below the equator, its peak is permanently covered with snow and ice. Elephants, leopards, lions and Colobus monkeys are among the resident animals of the park. The encircling rain forests ensure the fertility of the lush, lower lying countryside, where the Chagga cultivate their coffee, maize and bananas.
Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed most of the year, although it is inadvisable during the rainy season, which is April and May, and during the short rains in November. The summit of Kilimanjaro is definitely a challenge, and there are risks involved, but it can be reached by any reasonably-fit-person who likes hiking. Reaching the summit will be an experience of a lifetime! The youngest person to make to the top was seven years old and the oldest seventy-eight! While thousands of people scramble to the peak of Kilimanjaro each year, there are also trails off the beaten track and some technical climbs for the experienced mountaineer.
Campyordan Africa Safaris offers you different ascent routes to choose from for your Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing with affordable packages. There are six principal trails up the mountain: Northern Circuit, Marangu, Umbwe, Shira/Lemosho, Londorossi and Machame. These are all hiking routes. The most popular route is the Marangu route. It takes about five days and involves walking about 85Kms.