Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)

Mount Kilimanjaro Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Roman Boed

Majestic Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa
Easily reachable through its own international airport (JRO)
Six routes up the summit, though the entire trek will take you at least 5 days

Visitors don't really make their way to Kilimanjaro National Park in northern Tanzania for cultural experiences or for game spotting, even though they could. No, majestic Mount Kilimanjaro is one of Africa's most iconic attractions and climbing it is the one and only reason to come here.

The inactive strato-volcano reaches heights of 5,895 m or 19,341 ft and is widely pictured as a snow-capped cone that sticks out over the flat and dry steppe landscape. That dry landscape then gradually becomes greener and then arid again as you climb up. Kibo is the highest of the three volcanic cones, and on top of it stands Uhuru peak as the highest point on its rim.

Climbing is possible throughout the year, though the dry season (June/July till October) is the best time to do so. There are six routes up to the summit, but the Marangu route is the most common and "well paved" one. The duration is about 5 or 6 days (depending on whether you need to acclimatise in between) and accommodation is in huts rather than tents.

Out of all of the must-see sights in Africa, Kilimanjaro may be one of the easiest to get to. At just about 30km from Moshi (one of the main towns climbers base themselves in), you will find Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) with arrivals from cities like Istanbul, Amsterdam, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Mount Kilimanjaro is a region in Tanzania. It is situated at an altitude of 19114ft and the best airport to fly into is JRO (Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro)
  • The main spoken language here is Swahili / English, and the average English skill is intermediate
  • The currency used in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS)

Mount Kilimanjaro Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
84 88 84 81 77 75 75 75 81 86 84 82

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
1.9 1.3 3.1 5.2 3.7 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.6 1.4 1.7

More Mount Kilimanjaro travel resources

The weather we show with this article are temperature in the lower elevation town of Moshi where most of the accommodation is. If you want more information about what to expect on the mountain itself, you can check out Ultimate Kilimanjaro, which is a good website to click about a bit in anyway. At Whentogo.org you can read more about when would be the best time to go.

Other sources include Lonely Planet and Wikitravel. If you are looking to climb the mountain, then check out Climbing Kilimanjaro.


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