Mount Kilimanjaro 365

Africa’s highest, Mount Kilimanjaro is also the world’s largest freestanding mountain, rising approximately 5 895 kilometres from the plains. Its snow-capped peak seems almost out of place this close to the equator, and stars in the many iconic images of Kenya and Tanzania’s scenery.

A dormant volcano made up of three cones – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira (two of which are extinct, while Kibo, the highest, remains dormant with no immediate threat of eruption), it can be viewed from hundreds of kilometers around the towns of Arusha and Moshi, but the more famous views are from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro however, can only be done from Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro National Park surrounds Mount Kilimanjaro and covers an area of approximately 753 square kilometres. In addition to its status as a national park, the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.