Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
National Park itself covers an area of 1,688 square km, or 652 square miles, and
is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of all the spectacular national parks in
Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park stands out for one particular
reason. The park is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the largest freestanding
volcanic mass in the world and highest mountain in Africa at 5,895m at its
But there is
much more to Kilimanjaro National Park than just the iconic Kilimanjaro summit
and in this guide, we will dive into the interesting facts about the park and
provide you with some top travel tips when visiting Tanzania to climb
Where is Kilimanjaro National Park?
Kilimanjaro in Kilimanjaro National Park is located in the centre of the park. The
snow peaked dormant volcano stands alone above the surrounding plains,
overlooking the savannah and can be seen from as far away as Tanzania’s
neighbouring country Kenya.
Kilimanjaro National Park can be accessed using several gates acting as entry
and exit points. These gates include the Marangu gate, Machame gate and Umbwe
gate on the southern foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Lemosho gate,
Londorsi gate and Rongai gate on its’ northern foothills.
How do I get to Kilimanjaro National Park?
closest domestic airport is Arusha Airport (ARK) near the city of Arusha, but
this is not serviced as well with transfers and transport as Kilimanjaro
international airlines that fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport from the
UK or US are KLM, Qatar Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and their associated
From the UK,
KLM fly from London via Amsterdam, Qatar Airlines fly from London, Manchester
and Edinburgh via Doha and Ethiopian Airlines fly from Manchester, London
Heathrow and London Gatwick via Addis Ababa to Kilimanjaro International
From the US,
Delta Airlines offer the most direct flights to Kilimanjaro International
airport via Amsterdam in the Netherlands or American Airlines via Doha in
On all our
trips to Kilimanjaro, trekkers will need to organise their own flights to
Kilimanjaro International Airport and from there we will arrange a private
transfer to your hotel.
Kilimanjaro National Park accommodation
Moshi is very
close to the southern entrance of the park whereas Arusha is over two hours
away by car. Despite this, many people find Arusha to be a good base for both
climbing Kilimanjaro and visiting one of the widely popular Tanzania safari
parks of Tanzania’s Northern Circuit.
Is Kilimanjaro National Park Safe?
threat posed by climbing Kilimanjaro is the possibility of developing altitude
sickness. Anyone who travels to high altitude is subject to altitude sickness
and it occurs when you ascend too quickly and don’t allow the body sufficient
time to acclimatise to lower oxygen levels. Our blog on how to prevent
altitude sickness when climbing Kilimanjaro provides you with all you need
to know about altitude sickness. It’s well worth a read, particularly if it’s
your first time trekking at altitude.
Kilimanjaro National Park weather and climate
visit Kilimanjaro National Park to climb Kilimanjaro must come prepared for all
the different zones they’ll experience.
The base of
the mountain begins with the dry cultivated zone from 800m to 1,800m where
local people have farmed the land, growing crops such as coffee and bananas.
When climbing Kilimanjaro, the trailheads start higher up the mountain so you
would walk through this section of the park.
around 1,800m to 2,800m, you come to the dense rainforests of Kilimanjaro. You
can expect plentiful plant life, large moss-covered trees, as well as thick
undergrowth and streams running through this band around the base of Mount
treeline, at around 2,800m it is much drier, colder and less humid than the
rainforest. There is still foliage here and rocky paths among an assortment of
4,000m you enter the alpine desert zone. Then finally, you will experience the
icy arctic summit zone about 5,000m. There is actually a glacier near the
summit of Kilimanjaro called the Furtwangler Glacier, a remnant of the ice cap
that covered the entire mountaintop a century ago.
The best time to visit Kilimanjaro National Park
climbing Kilimanjaro on one of our Kilimanjaro routes during the warmest and
driest time of the year, from June to October and December to March. In fact,
we only run trips to Kilimanjaro during these ‘high’ seasons to ensure the
safety of all our group members and a more enjoyable experience all round.
For more information, our blog
on the best time to climb Kilimanjaro covers everything you need to know
about Kilimanjaro weather, season by season.