Climbing Kilimanjaro can be a truly unforgettable experience and it can leave climbers with a lasting sense of accomplishment. Kilimanjaro is a mountain of three cones making up a volcano in Tanzania and, needless to say, anybody ascending it must have a head for heights. While two of the three cones are extinct, the third called Kibo is still thought to be dormant. The overall height of the mountain is 5, 895 metres above sea level making it the highest freestanding mountain in the world. This alone can make it attractive to mountaineers, but it is important to remember that Tanzania is so much more than just Kilimanjaro.
There is spectacular scenery all around as well as wildlife that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. For those who simply want to climb mount Kilimanjaro, they would be missing out on an entire world of habitats and wildlife that they simply won’t see anywhere else. Most notable in this are the craters such as Ngurdoto which act as natural enclosures for wildlife which can actually end up creating an incredible amount of biodiversity. Among the sights are blue monkeys, flamingos, giraffes, leopards, elephants and exceptional amounts of bird life throughout the Arusha National Park.
Taking a trip through Tanzania is surely the greatest way to appreciate this remarkable country that is blessed with perhaps the most incredible scenery and wildlife. Kilimanjaro is a highlight, but those who turn their backs on the planes are really missing out.