Kilimanjaro - Roof of Africa.
Mt. Kilimanjaro rises majestically
from the rolling and hot savannah of Tanzania to a barren and
snowcapped 3-1/2 mile high peak. At an altitude of 5895 meters
above sea level Kilimanjaro is the "roof-top of Africa" and one of
the largest free standing mountains in the world. Climbing
Kilimanjaro is a must-do challenge for any visitor to East Africa.
Mount Kilimanjaro lies a scant 3 degrees south of the equator, on the
northern boundary of Tanzania. Its location on an open plain
close to the Indian Ocean, and its great size and height strongly
influence the climate, vegetation, animal life and the climbing
conditions. It is made up of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo
19,340 feet (5,895 meters), Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5,149 meters); and
Shira 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). Apart from its dramatic geological
features Mount Kilimanjaro is the perfect destination for wildlife
and plant enthusiasts. Kilimanjaro contains an example of virtually
every ecosystem on earth. Glacier, snowfield, desert, alpine
moorland, savannah, and tropical jungle are among those found on the
mountain, making the descent from the summit is similar to walking from
the North Pole to the Equator in the space of a few kilometers.