Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park is a Tanzanian national park, situated 300 kilometers (190 mi) south of the equator  and in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. The park is located near the city of Moshi, The park includes the whole of Mount Kilimanjaroabove the tree line and the surrounding montane forest belt above 1,820 meters (5,970 ft.), It covers an area of 1,688 square kilometers (652 sq. mi), 2°50'–3°10'S latitude, 37°10'–37°40'E longitude, The park is administered by the Tanzania National Parks Authority

Wildlife

Kilimanjaro is not basically wildlife destination, but Black-and-white Colubus and Blue monkeys can be seen in the forest, which also supports elusive populations of elephant, buffalo, leopard, bushbuck and the endangered Abbott’s duiker. At higher altitudes, you’re more likely to see tracks and droppings than actual wildlife – though two exceptional records above the 5,000Metres contour involve a frozen leopard discovered in 1926 and a pack of African wild dogs observed in 1962. The forest supports a profusion of birds, most audibly silvery-cheeked hornbill and Hartlaub’s turaco. The limited range of species at higher altitudes includes ‘high altitude specials’ such as Alpine chat and scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird.

When to visit

Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed most of the year, although it is inadvisable during the rainy season during April and May, and during the short rains during 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 enjoys hiking. Accomplishing reaching the summit will be an experience of a lifetime! The youngest person to make it was seven years old – the oldest seventy-eight! While thousands of people scramble to the top of Kilimanjaro each year, there are also trails off the beaten track and more technical climbs for the experienced mountaineer.