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Mt. Kilimanjaro Attractions And Landmarks Guide
Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro holds an almost mythical fascination for the adventurous traveler. This snowcapped peak near the Equator is the highest freestanding mountain in the world – yet can be summited without using technical climbing gear.
Towering over the vast African savannah below, it still presents challenges even for the very fit – including choosing the right guided trip to the top. Stride can act as your Mount Kilimanjaro trip planner, helping you reach the heights of adventure alive without the pitfalls, all based on your own comfort level.
Many Americans first heard about Mount Kilimanjaro through Ernest Hemingway’s famous short story, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” published in Esquire magazine in 1936. A 1952 film starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner further popularized the mountain by bringing The Snows of Kilimanjaro to the silver screen.
While Hemingway’s fearless spirit took him to Africa on his own, planning a Mount Kilimanjaro trek can be intimidating – there are a number of routes to choose from, for starters, each offering differing levels of difficulty and other advantages and disadvantages. Sorting these out is essential: while ascending to the peak is not as strenuous as some other mountains of its size, this is still a long trek even for those with extra lung capacity.
Fortunately, you can choose among a wide variety of trusted tour operators, who can provide you with a selection of itineraries, group sizes, and accommodation options, allowing you to keep the adventure alive without the worries. Tanzania mandates that a native guide escort travelers; your Tanzania tour operator will always take care of this requirement. Pick a “Stride Preferred” trip to ensure you get the best guides -- knowledgeable and friendly escorts who go along on the adventure.
Most guided tours of Mount Kilimanjaro take five to seven days to reach the summit, with stays in tents or mountain huts. The trails showcase a diverse landscape. Your trek begins as you leave the African savannah, then head into jungle, through cloud forest and into surprising hanging-moss forests before reaching a landscape reminiscent of high desert.
As you climb toward the peak, an even starker desert unfolds, and a glacier appears nearby. The latter is receding rapidly -- a third of the glacier has melted away in just the past quarter century -- so it’s advisable not to put off a Mount Kilimanjaro tour if you want to witness the striking natural wonder of ice near the Equator.
Add a Safari
But before you head off, let Stride act as your personal travel advisor, showcasing the Mount Kilimanjaro guided trips that will best meet your comfort levels. And while you’re here on the site, why not consider adding a Tanzania wildlife safari to your trip? The Serengeti plains, Ngorongoro Crater, and other wonderful wildlife parks aren’t far away.
While Hemingway was able to wring remarkable literature out of his Kilimanjaro experiences, you may well be rendered speechless as you trek. That’s OK. Take it all in. Ponder. Then ask your seasoned tour guides for suggestions on the best spots to nab those brag-worthy photos that will leave your friends envious. If they utter one word, it’s likely to be, “Wow!
Once you’ve booked your tour...
While Tanzania in general has a tropical climate, be sure to pack cold-weather gear for your Mount Kilimanjaro trek. You may be by the Equator, but it gets freezing up there!
260 Mt. Kilimanjaro Tour Reviews - Summary
Top notch First Class Safari services June 20195.0
From the time of trip inquiry to the last minute we were dropped back to the airport, Simon has been very helpful.
Very much prompt in his responses, very detailed, and flexible by all means.
The choices of lodges were excellent, good well maintained safari vehicles with excellent knowledgeable guides.
Phanuel our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
I would highly recommend Simon and the company anyone would want to experience Kenya Tanzania Safari with a touch of excellence from the local operators. Read more
Operator Wild Race Africa Safaris
I am still absolutely amazed about the service levels of the porters March 20195.0
Operator On The Go Tours
What an absolutely amazing trip to Kilimanjaro, our guide was exceptional, as well as the support team March 20195.0
Operator On The Go Tours
The tour was great March 20195.0
Operator On The Go Tours
Horrible February 20191.0
For starters, we actually only had 3 parks on the 5 days, since we only went for an hour in a boat on Lake Manyara which is not of great interest. There are certainly more interesting things to see and do in this park. The 3 parks "Serengetti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire" were superb ... alas, although our guide is very friendly, we were transported in a very old 4x4 (over 300 000 km on the counter), which was small, noisy and very uncomfortable, and whose air conditioning no longer worked, such as radio (necessary for the guide) ... which made safaris much less enjoyable as well. We met many other companies, and we had the most rotten vehicles of all the parks !!
"Hello Tanzania" does not have a vehicle, and in fact does not even know in which 4x4 you will be transported ... So look good before booking your safari, and choose a tour operator who owns his own vehicles; you will spend many hours !!
Operator Hello Tanzania