Mountain Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa reaching as high as 5,895 m. The massive volcano stands in splendid isolation above the surrounding plains, with its snowy peak looming over the savannah. The mountain is encircled by a montane forest that is home to a variety of wildlife. The highest point, the Uhuru Peak is found on the Kibo summit at an elevation of 5,895 m (19,341 ft), based on a British survey in 1952.
While on safaris in Tanzania, grab a chance to hike this giant massif. The Mountain is hiked by several tourists who travel to Tanzania annually and is one of those daring places that any adventurer should visit at all costs. Compared to the rest of the seven summits in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro is the easiest to climb. Mount Kilimanjaro is the most frequently climbed of all the seven summits in the world.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is home to different mammals, many of which are endemic species. Mountain Kilimanjaro is known as the largest free-standing volcanic mass in the world.
The high conservation and scenic value around the park saw the area declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. The total land area covered by Mountain Kilimanjaro National Park increased in 2005 as a result of the addition of the entire montane forest, which had previously been a portion of the forest reserve. This National Park currently has a space of about 1668 square kilometers.
The national park was established in 1973 and currently, the park harbors the entire mountain above the tree line (2700 meters), comprising the six corridors that stretch down through the Montane forest belt.
Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area are special since nearly all of the ecosystems are found between the mountain’s base and peak. Climbing up the mountain will take visitors through farmed land, rainforest, heath, moorland, and alpine desert, and most importantly to the summit.
These beautiful sceneries in the park are accompanied by a variety of wildlife species that can be spotted while on your tour here. Different species can be spotted at different elevations. Above the timberline, the Kilimanjaro tree hyrax, the grey duiker, and rodents are frequently encountered. The bushbuck and red duiker can be spotted above the timberline in places. The Buffaloes are found in the montane forest and occasionally in the moorland and grassland.
Elephants are found between the Namwai and Tarakia rivers and sometimes occur at higher elevations. In the montane forests, blue monkeys, eastern black and white colobuses, bush babies, and leopards can be found. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is connected to Amboseli National Park; however, corridors to Arusha National Park and Tsavo National Park have been encroached upon, impacting on wildlife migration.
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