The 8 Wonders of Kilimanjaro

January 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

This article is dedicated to tourists who want to know what to expect on their upcoming Kilimanjaro trip. While every trip has unique things that make it special and unlike any other, we can tell you a little bit about the things that remain constant. It starts with the facts:

  • The summit is over 19,000 feet high
  • Depending on the trek you take, you’ll cross as many as five ecological zones
  • There are six routes to the summit

There are always plenty of sites to see along the way.

Some of the sites may be on your Kilimanjaro trip list, while others will be surprising and unexpected. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. We’ve collected a top 8 list of sites to watch for during your trip. These are a combination of tourist and staff favorites.

Top 8 Sights that are a Kilimanjaro Must-See

To give you a preview of what you might see while hiking, here’s a list of favorite sights you shouldn’t miss:

Sight #1: The overture of rainforest – most routes on your Kilimanjaro trip begin in the lush rainforest eco-zone where up to 80 inches of rain falls annually. Certain routes will be off-limits due to rainfall, especially in April and May, but otherwise these paths remain passable.

Sight #2: The Colobus Monkeys – these primates with distinct black faces are residents of the rainforest eco-zone. They are named for the stumps on their hands that take the place of thumbs.

Sight #3: Zebra rock­ – this popular landmark is produced by the unique combination of mineral-rich rainwater running over black lava. The mineral deposits that are left behind make white stripes on the lava that resemble a zebra’s hide.

Sight #4: Shira Plateau – if you take a route heading west, you’re sure to run into this picturesque locale. It was once a crater created by a volcano. The crater was filled in during another volcanic eruption that left behind this beautiful, contemplative spot.

Sight #5: Lava Tower – left behind by yet another volcanic eruption, this tower stands as a landmark on your Kilimanjaro trip. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can climb to the top of it.

Sight #6: Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo Peaks – these three volcanic cones vary in size, with Mawenzi – the largest – located near Kilimanjaro’s summit.

Sight #7: Glaciers – a true sight to see while it lasts. These 10,000-year-old ice formations have already diminished by 85%. At their current rate of evaporation, they will disappear in approximately 70 years.

Sight #8: Kilimanjaro sunrise – there’s simply nothing on Earth like it.

It’s good to have some idea of the type of trek you want to take before you book your Kilimanjaro trip.

Knowing a little bit about what you would like to see and accomplish helps you figure out the right time of year to book your trip and which route to take. Our website is full of helpful information regarding the different paths to the summit, and our staff can give you additional advice before you arrive.

Zara Tours offers Kili climbs safari packages and other excursions that all focus on sustainable tourism

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