GUIDE ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK IN TANZANIA
Kilimanjaro, the shining mountain, floats in a wreath of cloud above the vast South Amboseli plains – also part of Kilimanjaro National Park ecosystem. Although most beautifully distinct from Amboseli National Park in Kenya with the finest wildlife photo opportunities in the foreground, Mt. Kilimanjaro is actually in Tanzania because, when the boundary was drawn as a straight line between German and British Colonial Territories, Kilimanjaro was allocated to Germany, although this necessitated drawing a kink in the border.
This was not, as popularly assumed, a whimsical gift from the English Queen Victoria to an indulged German nephew, but diplomatic compensation for the British claim to Mombasa. Although dense vegetation is sparse on the Amboseli plains both on the Tanzanian and Kenya border of the Kilimanjaro, with just primarily palm trees and acacias, the grass is richly nourishing due to volcanic ash.
It is relished and sought after by herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and elephant. The arid savannahs stretch away above an underground water table supplied by the glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro which, at 5895 meters, is the highest mountain in Africa, and also the tallest free-standing mountain in the entire world. In 1995, J M Grimshaw from Oxford University, N J Codeiro from Moshi, C A Foley from Princeton University explored the Kilimanjaro wilderness and wrote a journal called “The mammals of Kilimanjaro” that documented a staggering presence of 154 mammals species.
Varied terrestrial fauna are present to be seen on your AfricanMecca game driving tour of the western sector of Kilimanjaro National Park, including warthogs, hippos, impalas, dik diks, zebras, elephants, buffalos and giraffes as well as less common elands and gazelles. Cheetahs, lions and leopard are much in evidence as well as jackals, hyenas, monkeys, baboons, and mongooses. But the ecosystem is fragile and vulnerable to overgrazing.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park provides an amazingly diverse series of habitats as it rises from the pastures and bushlands of the native Maasai people to the boundary of the 1668 sq. kilometer (641 sq. miles) national park at approximately altitude of 800 meters. Here, melt-water streams from the summit nourish a lush belt of tropical forest where some of the healthiest elephant herds in the entire continent roam at will, matriarchs with their attendant daughters, granddaughters and great-grandchildren, accompanied by enormous, lumbering tuskers over 50 years old, their heads dragged almost to the ground by massive ivory tusks. You may be lucky enough to spot the endangered Abbott's duiker among a supporting cast of antelopes and primates.
With such a diversity of habitats, Birdlife International records 179 avian species in the area. It is a superlative destination for an East Africa birding trip especially during the wet season. Montane forest gives way to alpine meadows until at 4000 meters, the landscape changes to weird, towering stems of giant lobelias in a sea of soft heather.
Above this haunting scenery, there are only mosses and lichens clinging to the rocks, before snowfields lead to three craters, Mawenzi and Shira, which are dormant, and Kibo, the summit, where gas fumaroles are intermittently active, although the last major eruption was almost 200,000 years ago. If you would like to challenge yourself to summit the highest peak in Africa, go on an Uhuru Trails climbing tour with AfricanMecca.
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Routes Visited: Lemosho, Rongai, Machame, Marangu, Shira & Umbwe
Areas Visited: Arusha Park & Mount Kilimanjaro Park (Private Conservancy - West)
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WHERE TO STAY IN KILIMANJARO
AfricanMecca lists three excellent safari accommodations in western Kilimanjaro, ranked according to the experiences and standards of hospitality they have to offer under their Safari Tier brand.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN KILIMANJARO
Each camp in Western Kilimanjaro offers it own specialized activities, bird-watching safaris, nature walks, game drives including off-road and night safaris, hikes, troute fishing and visits to native villages.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT KILIMANJARO
The best time to visit the western Kilimanjaro plains on your northern safari of Tanzania will vary according to your interests. In general, animals are easier to spot when foliage is sparse and dry from July to October.
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KILIMANJARO CLIMBS & TREKS
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA
When visiting Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.
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