Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the highest peak in Africa, standing at a proud 5,895 metres (19,340 ft) above sea level, but it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world and one of the largest volcanoes. It's no wonder that people from all over the world flock to Tanzania to take on their personal challenge of climbing this famous mountain.
As you climb the mountain, you'll experience 3 different climates - at the base, you'll find dense tropical forests that are inhabited by elephants, leopards, buffalo, primates, and a rich bird life (to name a few). As you continue your journey up, the climate becomes harsher and the extreme temperature fluctuations means very little in terms of plants and wildlife can survive. So here, you'll see more moorland, heather, and hardy plants such as mosses and lichens. Finally, as you reach the summit, the desert-like features turn to a wintery scene of snow and ice but you also have the fantastic view looking out over the African plains below.
The best time of the year to climb the mountain is from June to mid-March, although you can climb at any time. However, April and May are the rainy seasons so the forest can often be quite wet during those months!
It is estimated that, since the summit was first reached on 5th October 1889, around 25,000 people a year begin their own journey of climbing the mountain! At Cheeky Monkey Safaris, we offer three routes to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro: Marangu (the coca-cola route), Machame (the whisky route), and Lemosho.
The accommodation on your treks will be tents that are carried up by porters unless you take the Marangu route, where you can sleep in dormitory-style huts. Below is some specific information to consider as you plan to conquer this famous mountain yourself:
Health & Logistics
Clothing & Equipment
(Arusha National Park)
As the second highest mountain in Tanzania and the fifth highest in Africa, Mount Meru is another exciting challenge for those who desire to push themselves to new heights. Standing at a height of 4,566 metres (14,980 ft), it is visible from Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day.
Mount Meru is the centrepiece of Arusha National Park, home to over 400 species of birds, as well as rhinos, elephants, buffalos, baboons, leopards, warthogs, monkeys and other animals. As you climb up the mountain, you'll pass through lush vegetation in the parkland and mountain forest, on up through a giant heather area to moorlands. Once you reach the summit, you can look into the crater and see the Ash Cone and look across to Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
The accommodation on this trek is dormitory-style huts where you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and mat. Please see the links above for more information that will apply to a trek up Mount Meru as well as Mount Kilimanjaro.