Location and size
The Park is located on the Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi. Its size is 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).
It is just 128 km (80 miles) from Arusha; about one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.
Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).
Kilimanjaro, the name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, and the summit of Africa. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.
What to do
Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes, day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau; nature trails on the lower reaches; trout fishing; visit the beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.
When to go
During the clearest and warmest conditions from December to February; but also dry (and colder) from July-September.
There is huts and campsites on the mountain; several hotels and campsites outside the park in the village of Marangu and town of Moshi.
Climb slowly to increase your acclimatization time and maximize your chances of reaching the summit.
To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountainKili