Kilemakyaro - the original
name of this world famous mountain means "hard to conquer". This
name was difficult for foreigners to pronounce, so as time passed,
Kilemakyaro became known as Kilimanjaro.
At 5896 metes, Kilimanjaro is Africa is Africaís highest mountain
and the highest free standing mountain in the world. Its permanently
snowcapped peak rises from the equator, only 290km from a tropical
coastline, defying all conventions maintaining that snow is found
only in higher altitudes. The almost 6km high top was made after a
series of volcanic eruptions about 1 million years ago. Kilimanjaro
is still active. As late as in the 1940ísactivity was registered.
The base of this immense mountain has a diameter of about 40 miles.
Elephants, leopards, lions and colobus Monkeys among the resident
animals in this park. The encircling rain Forests ensure the
fertility of the lush, lower lying shamba country, Where the Chagga
cultivate their coffee, maize and bananas.
The 18 mile trek takes five to six days, if you are well fit, you
can complete the trek within four days. Local people have always
trekked up and down the mountain looking for medical plants land in
fulfillment of traditional Chagga rituals. In 1889, the first
Europeans reached the Summit with help of native guides and porters.
Enjoy local beer and grilled bananas with the team, and donít forget