The highest peak in Africa, and an iconic landmark which has intrigued and challenged travellers for many years, Mount Kilimanjaro stands guard over the East African plains, casting its shadow over the lands for many miles.
Although usually best seen from across the border in Kenya (especially from Amboseli National Park), Mount Kilimanjaro slips into the boundaries of Tanzania, and all Kili climbs must begin from here.
The snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro have been written about in numerous tales and legends, and play a role in much of African folklore. Conquering the mountain takes some courage, determination and patience, and the reward of reaching Africa's highest point is hugely fulfilling.
Rising up to a height of 5 895 metres above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Although amazingly sometimes obscured completely by cloud, when Kili does show herself in all her glory on a bright, clear day, the sight is nothing short of awesome. The mountain completely dominates the landscape, and appears to cast its eye over the length and breadth of the entire African continent.
For some reason, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is often thought of as being an easy, couple-of-days' hike, which can be tacked on to a safari holiday. In reality though, it is quite different.
While no technical climbing experience is required, Kilimanjaro poses a true challenge to potential climbers, and for this reason it remains a fantastic adventure, and excellent achievement to reach the summit.
There are a number of different routes which can be taken, all needing to be pre-booked and fully guided, with only 1 of them providing any form of accommodation, and the rest all requiring camping.
Take a look at our specialist "Climbing Kilimanjaro" page to get more information.