MOUNT KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK
Without a doubt, climbing Kilimanjaro is one achievement in your life and of course of the world's great adventures and challenges in the world. Kilimanjaro the name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mount 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 (and now know as Kibo), for the familiar snow peak that stands imperious overseer of the continent the summit of Africa .
Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa . When you see it you understand why. Rising in absolute isolation at 5,895 metre Kilimanjaro is Africa 's highest mountain and 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.
Those who reach Uhuru Point the actual summit. A journey up her slopes takes you on a climatic world tour, form the tropics to the arctic. The grassy and cultivated lower slopes turn into lush rainforest inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo and antelope. Higher still heath and moorland covered with giant heathers, becomes surreal alpine desert and finally ice snow and the magnificent beauty of the top of the continent.