Tanzania Safaris in Mount Kilimanjaro National Park: Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is located within the Kilimanjaro region, which is a few kilometers away from Moshi town; hence, it lies approximately 300 kilometers from the south of the Equator. Mount Kilimanjaro is known to be one of Africa’s tallest mountains. It stands at an elevated area of about 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level, and this game park covers a total surface area of about 1,688 square kilometers. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it was officially established as a national park in 1973 with the main purpose of upholding the mountain’s origin, identity, and reputation. This national park is being managed by the Tanzania National Park Authority, and it is commonly visited due to the fact that it is recorded that around 52,000 people visit per year. Mount Kilimanjaro national park has so many wildlife species, which are also considered to be among the tourist attractions found in the park, but tourists are always interested in marvelling through the beautiful mountain “Mount Kilimanjaro,” which is a snow-capped mountain that is found at the heart of the park. More so, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is home to many good natural habitats, such as montane forests, moorland, grasslands, and stunning water bodies such as Namwai rivers, among others, that all act as good natural habitats for many wildlife species, such as African bush elephants, grey duikers, tree hyrax, leopards, blue monkeys, cape buffalos, and many others.

There are amazing things to do in Mount Kilimanjaro National Park.

Community visits and cultural encounters.

Tourists exploring Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, they can choose to visit within the neighboring communities where they get chances to interact with the people of different tribes, such as the Chagga tribe and Maasai tribe, as they get opportunities to learn more about their history through paying a lot of attention while listening to their stories. They also get to watch their exciting traditional dance performances, learn more about their culture and traditions, and see how they live their daily lives, such as their dress code, watch and observe how they prepare their local meals and many others.

Game Viewing.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is recorded to be home to over 154 mammal species that are spotted in different areas around the park, and some of these include elephants, buffalos, giraffes, and unique species like porcupines, aardvarks, honey badgers, antelopes that are always seen clamoring up the mountain slopes, serval cats, tree hyrax, grey duikers, marsh mongoose, white-necked raven, white-tailed mongoose, and many others.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
elephant bull in front of Mount Kilimanjaro National

Mountain hiking

Hiking up Africa’s tallest freestanding mountain is the most popular activity in Kilimanjaro National Park. Numerous travelers come to the nation specifically for this purpose. The top of Kibo Peak, Kilimanjo’s highest point at 5,895 meters, offers spectacular views of the nearby town, other summits of the mountain, including Shira Peak, and the surrounding lush vegetation. Kibo Peak is always covered with snow throughout the year. During the hiking safari on Mount Kilimanjaro, you will have a great opportunity to encounter fascinating creatures such as animals such as porcupines, aardvarks, honey badgers, antelopes, bird species such as cuckoos, white-necked ravens, turacos, Klaas cuckoos, hartlaub’s turacos, grey-crowned cranes, and sunbirds, as well as the astonishing views of the rolling hills and the stunning environment. Most of the days spent ascending Kilimanjaro are not challenging since the trails are not steep; rather, the difficulty comes from adjusting to the altitude.

Bird Watching.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park also harbors around 150 birds that are of different kinds, like migratory birds and permanent residents, and therefore some of these birds include hornbills, chats, cuckoos, white-necked ravens, turacos, Klaas cuckoos, hartlaub’s turaco, grey-crowned cranes, sunbirds, bee eaters, greater flamingos, African pittas, shrikes, woodpeckers, Narina trogon, African emerald cuckoos, silverly checked hornbills, cinnamon chested bee-eaters, schalow’s turaco, white-browed coucals, bearded vultures, new world barbets, fiery-necked nightjars, and many others.

Mountain Biking

One of the few really original methods to explore Kilimanjaro National Park and ascend Mount Kilimanjaro is the Kilimanjaro bike tour. The only route for mountain bikes to reach the summit is the Kilema Trail. This activity enhances visitors’ experiences by encouraging physical health and the responsible use of the outdoors for pleasure. However, it is advisable that only knowledgeable motorcycle riders and guides take part in this activity. While admiring the gorgeous surroundings, ride across the farmlands of the Chagga people.

How to access Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is located within the Kilimanjaro region, which is a few kilometers away from Moshi town; hence, it lies approximately 300 kilometers from the south of the Equator. In addition, it covers a distance of about 128 kilometers from Arusha town and a drive of about one hour from Kilimanjaro International Airport to be able to access the park. More so, there are several entry gates that tourists can use to access the park, and some of these include Lemosho Gate, Machame Gate, Londorosi Gate, Marangu Gate, Umbwe Gate, and many others.

When to visit Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Tanzania, offering the best safari experience to its travelers. The park can be visited by tourists at any time of the year. But the best recommended time to visit the national park is during the dry seasons, which run from June to October. During this season, the weather conditions are favorable for most of the tourist activities, and visitors can enjoy the stunning views of the surroundings during the hikes on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation Safari Around and Near Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Visitors on a Tanzania adventure safari in Mount Kilimanjaro National Park shouldn’t worry about the accommodations. The national park has a wide array of accommodations. Such accommodations include Kaliwa Lodge, Aivlys Lodge Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro Safari Lodge, Kigambira Safari Lodge, Malkia Trees Lodge, Kilimanjaro Eco Lodge, Kilimanjaro Cottages Amboseli, Kikorongo Safari Lodge, Mzungu Safari Lodge, Machame Homestay and Cultural Tourism, Kilimanjaro Pazuri Villas, Kilimanjaro Lodge, Safari Traveller Lodge, and Coffee Tree Campsite, among others.

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