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National Travel and Tourism Week - Mount Kilimanjaro

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 6:42 PM | James Morgan

Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tanzania, is well known across the globe for its accessibility and breathtaking views. A dormant volcano with 3 main peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, Kilimanjaro sits on the North-Eastern edge of Tanzania, rising roughly 16,100 feet above sea level. Offering a noteworthy accomplishment for those who finish the climb, yet while at the same time being completable by those with little experience in climbing, Kilimanjaro is a must-see when visiting Tanzania. If you are looking for a mix of excitement, reward, and some exercise, Mount Kilimanjaro may just be your best bet.

Photo Credit: Elisa Taylor

Tourists from around the globe travel to Kilimanjaro not only for the climb, but for its scenery and many other activities. For those not wishing to put the time or effort into a full climb, guides around the base offer day-long hikes along the Shira plateau, providing an equally as exhilarating experience for a much lower cost. For those not interested in a hike, rivers and streams in and around Kilimanjaro offer excellent trout fishing, with local businesses offering to teach the skill to those without the knowhow. Given the fact that Kilimanjaro sits near the Serengeti, local safaris are always bound to be full of excitement, with companies offering quick drives to multi-day adventures. If you wish to get a hands-on look into the culture of Tanzania, various tour guides offer trips into the areas populated and used by the locals, providing an amazing insight into the cultures that make Tanzania special. And, of course, given its popularity as a tourist attraction, you will find many amenities to remind you of home should you be wanting to see the newest blockbuster film. 

Photo Credit: Elisa Taylor

Of course, the main reason many visit Kilimanjaro is for its climb. With 7 different paths to the summit, the mountain offers easier paths for those with little experience, to more demanding and skilled treks for those who are up for the challenge. With upwards of 15,000 people a year of all skill levels that hike the mountain, Kilimanjaro offers a wide variety of assets for those in need. Surrounding the base are each of the amenities and services that guests may require. Porters, cooks, and guides can all be hired for extremely fair prices, covering all the aspects of the trek except for the trek itself. Due to the sloped shape of the mountain, no extreme measures are required to reach the peak, allowing for a climb much safer than other mountains of equal height. The peak offers amazing views of the surrounding areas, making for a great experience that you won’t be able to find at your local state park.

Photo Credit: Elisa Taylor

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