The great Mountain of Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Rising in absolute isolation, at 5, 598 m ( 19,336 ft), Kilimanjaro is of the highest walkabe summits on the planet, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Just three degrees south of the equator, Kilimanjaro’s great peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi are nonetheless covered all year round with snow and ice. Most reasonably fit and properly guided climbers can experience the triumph of reaching the crater rim with little more than a walking pole, warm clothing and determination. Those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, Stella Point or Gilmans Point on the lip of the crater ( Kilimanjaro is a dormant but not extinct volcano), will have earned their climbing certificates and their memories.
There is, however so much more to Kilimanjaro than the summit. A journey up the slopes takes visitors on a climatic world tour, from the tropics to the arctic. The grassy and cultivated lower slopes turn into lush rainforest, inhabited by heath and moorland, covered with giant heather, becomes a surreal alpine desert and finally there is ice, snow and the biggest view of the continent.
December to February are the warmest and clearest months to visit, with July to September being colder but also dry. It is very we in the rainforest from April to June and during November.