Friday, 11 November 2011 10:23 AM
Africa's tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, is a colossal 5,895 m above sea level, offering incredible views out over Tanzania and Kenya. If you love adventure travel, why not consider climbing this vast landmark - a unique and unforgettable experience?
Situated in Tanzania, the mountain also lies on the border of Kenya, so from the summit you can enjoy breathtaking views of both beautiful countries. What's more, it is also situated near to several well-known national parks - such as the Serengeti - where you could see some of the continent's famous wildlife.
During your ascent, you'll also have the chance to trek through a variety of fascinating terrains - something that makes this trip all the more exciting and remarkable.
Lasting several days, this adventure is the perfect way to enjoy an awe-inspiring experience in Africa, and you can combine it with other activities during your stay on the continent. For example, if you plan to volunteer in Africa, you could undertake the climb before or after working on your project.
So, what can you expect when you climb Mt Kilimanjaro? In addition to trekking through remarkable terrain and enjoying astounding views from the summit, you are also likely to learn a lot about teamwork - as well as about yourself - as you tackle the ascent. Once completed, it's likely you'll experience an incredible sense of achievement - something that will be well deserved!
You will have the option of joining the tour in two different places: Nairobi, from where you will get a shuttle bus to the start point, or Moshi, where it begins. The trek gets underway in Kilimanjaro National Park, with the first section of the ascent being through incredible rainforest.
This remarkable landscape will continue until you reach Mandara Hut, where you'll spend the night before venturing into wholly different terrain the next day. Indeed, once you set off the following morning, you'll start trekking through open moorland dotted with all kinds of unusual vegetation as you make your way to Horombo Hut.
Here, you can opt to spend a little extra and stay for a full day here, which may appeal to those who feel like they need some more time to acclimatise. If, however, you are happy to carry straight on the following morning, you will then embark on the penultimate leg of your ascent.
Your destination for the day will be Kibo Hut, which you will reach by walking over 'The Saddle', situated between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.
The next morning, you'll get a really early start to make sure you arrive at the summit in time to see the sunrise. Walk along the rim of the crater at Gilman's Point before heading on to Uhuru Peak and seeing Tanzania and Kenya stretched out below you, bathed in the first light of the morning.
After taking some time to drink in this view and snap some photos, you'll begin your descent, which today will take you to Horombo Hut. The next day, you'll complete your trip down the mountain and be taken to your accommodation in Moshi, where you can revel in a piping hot shower, sure to soothe your aching muscles.
If you're looking for an incredible African adventure, you'll find that climbing the magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro cannot be beaten.