Introduction to Kilimanjaro National Park

Spanning around 650 square kilometers, Kilimanjaro National Park is one of Northern Tanzania’s gems that houses Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.
It’s a stunningly diverse park with an amazing mountain, surrounding plains, montane forests, and five main vegetation zones. Nonetheless, the park is most famous for its climb of Kilimanjaro activities.

Why visit Kilimanjaro National Park

  • Kilimanjaro National Park houses the world-famous Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Thousands upon thousands of visitors take on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro challenge, where they can see the beautiful snow-capped peak and the surrounding Kilimanjaro National Park ecosystem.
  • The park’s mountain, Kilimanjaro, is a superlative natural phenomenon. It stands in isolation right above the surrounding plains overlooking the stunning savannah.

Getting to Kilimanjaro National Park

By Road

Kilimanjaro National Park can be reached by road from Arusha city. The journey from Arusha takes around 120km/3 hours drive.

By Air

Daily scheduled flights to Kilimanjaro and Arusha Airport from Dar es Salaam or Kenya with Auric Air, Coastal Aviation, and Precision Air.

Best Time to visit Kilimanjaro National Park

First, it’s best to know that Kilimanjaro can be visited year-round.
However, if you want clear skies, excellent views, and much sunshine, it’s best to visit Kilimanjaro Park from June through October. This condition also makes an ideal time for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
However, weather can shift dramatically regardless of the season, particularly when climbing Kili and passing its five major ecological climate zones.
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Things to do in Kilimanjaro National Park

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Wildlife in Kilimanjaro National Park

Whether you’re an avid wildlife enthusiast or simply looking for a breathtaking natural landscape, Mount Kilimanjaro is the perfect destination for your next adventure.

Birds in Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park has around 179 known bird species, making it a good location for bird watching.

Landscape in Kilimanjaro National Park

The landscape in Kilimanjaro National Park is a breathtaking natural wonder, boasting soaring mountains, verdant forests, and crystal-clear lakes.

Where to stay in Kilimanjaro National Park

With comfortable accommodations, amazing views, and world-class hospitality, Katavi National Park has several spectacular spots to choose from.

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Top questions answered for Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park is unlike anywhere you’ve been before. So, you have questions. We’ve been visiting for decades. So, we have answers.

You can visit Mount Kilimanjaro without climbing. Though there is little opportunity to do smaller hikes on Kili without going full-summit, it’s still possible.

There are also two nearby towns like Moshi, where you can explore while adoring the views of Kilimanjaro. On top of that, there’s fantastic food, beautiful scenery, and plenty of cultural experiences.

There’s no doubt that the Kilimanjaro Park safari is good. It’s, after all, a distinctive protected area with unique wildlife, outstanding safari, and world-famous activity, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro National Park houses many fascinating, beautiful, unique animals. The wildlife found at the park includes elephants, Cape buffaloes, giraffes, black rhinos, leopards, and servals.

In addition, the park also has hyenas, several baboon species, monkeys, aardvarks, antelopes, and many others. However, you can’t spot the Big Five here.

So, if you want to see the famous Big Five and other big games, we recommend you visit other major parks in Tanzania, like Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire.

Read More: What animals will I see while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Kilimanjaro wildlife

Kilimanjaro National Park houses the world-famous Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. Thousands of climbers visit here to climb the mountain to challenge their limits.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a non-technical climb with an elevation of 19,341 feet, or 5,895 meters, at Uhuru Peak. The climb isn’t as tricky as Mount Everest, but it doesn’t mean it would be too easy.

To reach the peak, you will have to overcome challenges, including altitude sickness.

Read More: What is altitude sickness and how to prevent it on Kilimanjaro?

There are three major international airports in Tanzania, and you can reach Kilimanjaro through them. These are Zanzibar (ZNZ), Dar es Salaam (DAR), and Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO).

The latter sits only 42 kilometers from the town of Moshi and 50 kilometers from Arusha. You may also consider flights to Nairobi, Kenya, which is only about a 5-hour shuttle bus ride to Arusha or an hour’s flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

You can find Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, along the northern border that is shared with Kenya. This is one of Tanzania’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, covering an area of 652 square miles (1,688 sq km), including the beautiful montane forest surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro.

In general, it takes five to nine days to reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro and descend to the ending point. It’s also noteworthy that if you want a higher chance of a successful summit, spending more days on the mountain to have your body acclimated to the altitude would be better.

Read More: How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro

With Easy Travel, you can design your dream climb entirely. We will work with you in customizing your Kili adventure, which includes your preferred route option, the number of days on the mountain, and even the pace of the climb.
Packing the right things is very important when you climb Kilimanjaro. It would help if you had strong supportive, and waterproof hiking boots, trekking poles, light and wool jackets, and many more.

Packing the right things is very important when you climb Kilimanjaro. It would help if you had strong supportive, and waterproof hiking boots, trekking poles, light and wool jackets, and many more.

Read More: What to pack for climbing Kilimanjaro: Complete packing

Porters collect the drinking water on Kilimanjaro from mountain streams during your trek. The collected water will be treated with iodine purification tablets to avoid an upset stomach.

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