Introduction to West Kilimanjaro

When you hear the word Kilimanjaro, you will likely think about Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s world-famous climbing spot.
The place offers several exciting things like going on a safari by jeep or horse. Your choice, ultimately!

Why visit West Kilimanjaro?

  • West Kilimanjaro is a genuine wilderness with stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • It offers several safari activities like horseback safari, meeting with the Maasai, and much more.
  • The area is part of a wildlife and elephant corridor connecting Kilimanjaro National Park and Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.

Getting to West Kilimanjaro

By Road

The distance from Arusha to West Kilimanjaro is around 200 km, which takes around 3 hours and 35 minutes of driving,

By Air

From Arusha to West Kilimanjaro will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes by flight.

Best time to visit West Kilimanjaro

Generally, you can visit West Kilimanjaro year-round, given its good climate conditions.
However, if you want an excellent safari experience, we suggest visiting here during the dry season—June to October.
During this time, most days are sunny, and rain is typically non-existent, making wildlife viewing easier and more fun.
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Things to do in West Kilimanjaro

As a true gem of northern Tanzania, West Kilimanjaro offers nothing less to its visitors. So, never shy away from anticipating something good!

Wildlife in West Kilimanjaro

This remote community-owned Wildlife Management Area offers access to a wild and scenic corner of Maasailand. So, ensure bringing your camera is with you!

Birdlife in West Kilimanjaro

West Kilimanjaro is heaven for bird watchers, with hundreds of birds residents. So, take out your binoculars and enjoy watching!

Landscape in West Kilimanjaro

Though remotely located, West Kilimanjaro boasts striking landscapes worth taking pictures of. So, make sure to pack extra batteries for your camera!

Where to stay in West Kilimanjaro

If you’re planning a trip to the West Kilimanjaro, there are many great places to stay that will help make your experience unforgettable.

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Top questions answered for West Kilimanjaro

West Kilimanjaro is located in northern Tanzania and is bounded to the east by the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro and to the north by Kenya’s well-known Amboseli National Park.

A major attraction of West Kilimanjaro is its spectacular scenery. It has a commanding presence of Kilimanjaro when it breaks through the clouds, typically around dusk and dawn.

The horizon is studded with many other peaks, like Mount Meru, Longido Mountain, Namanga Mountain, and the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro on rare occasions.

Though West Kilimanjaro is seemingly barren and not having the same animal density as Serengeti or Ngorongoro, it nonetheless promises unforgettable adventures.

The area is a vital wildlife corridor since it houses significant populations of elephants, lesser kudu, bat-eared foxes, gerenuk, and striped hyena. On top of that, the rich birdlife in West Kilimanjaro makes the place excellent for birdwatching.

A visit to West Kilimanjaro is more about the community than wildlife. A short stay will allow you to spend time with the Maasai, providing insight into their unique culture.

You can also take on walking safaris, hike with a Maasai warrior and explore the plains and woodlands.

Bordered by Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, West Kilimanjaro offers a day trip, likely filled with wildlife, from gerenuks, elephants, antelopes, zebras, and various bird species!

During the day trip, you can use bicycles to explore the area or walk around the reserve filled with wildlife.

Among the highlights of the west Kilimanjaro trip are:

  • Bicycle Safaris
  • Bird watching
  • Walking Safaris
  • Incredible view of the Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Elephants of the Amboseli National Park
  • Masai traditions
West Kilimanjaro comprises a wilderness area of 250 square kilometers. The land is a true wilderness with stunning acacia woodland, open plains, and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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