Sitting proudly as Africa’s tallest mountain, in the northeast of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is a sight to behold. From the forested slopes inhabited by giraffe and elephant to the icy peak 5,895m above the ground, the mountain itself is enough reason to plan a Kilimanjaro safari.
From the rich history and culture of the Maasai tribe, to the coffee farms and the evolving city of Moshi, Kilimanjaro is one of Africa’s most enticing places.
Kilimanjaro Safari Attractions
- Explore the wonderful region of west Kilimanjaro. The distinct culture of the Maasai tribe has a major influence, and the region has a healthy population of wildlife like elephant, zebra and giraffe. If you stay in one of the lodges in the area, you will contribute to the locality, as annual funds are donated towards education and housing.
- Climb the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. There are several routes you can take up the mountain, with the shortest, the Machame Route, offering the most beautiful views. Mt Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, and looking down on the vast plains below is an unforgettable experience. A good level of fitness is essential, as even the short routes take 6/7 days.
- Take in views of the mountain, as well as track wildlife in Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. It is one of the most famous parks in Africa, and while it is not as densely populated as others, it’s worth adding to your Kilimanjaro safari simply for the breathtaking views.
- Tour the Mkomazi National Park to encounter wildlife such as the endangered African black rhino, including the rest of the Big Five. One of the lesser known parks in Tanzania, it offers a fantastic chance to see endangered species like African wild dog in a more intimate environment.
Best time to visit
The best time to view wildlife in Kilimanjaro is during the dry season of June-October. If you want to visit the region as part of a Tanzania safari, travelling in June/July will allow you to witness the great Wildebeest migration from Serengeti.For the chance to see the most beautiful scenery, as well as the cheapest prices, the low season of January to February can be a great time for a Kilimanjaro safari. Many animals are born during these months, so it can be a great time to see predators in action.