Kilimanjaro National Park-Tanzania
Kilimanjaro National park is one of the Tanzanian national parks situated 300 kilometers south of the equator, Kilimanjaro region. The park is famous from the huge name it carries from the mountain of light mostly known as Mountain Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro national park features the highest snow-caped mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is located in the northern part of the republic of Tanzania just above the hills and the plateau of Amboseli national park. Kilimanjaro National park is among the best tourism destinations in Tanzania and East Africa at large administered by the Tanzania National parks Authority (TANAPA).
Attractions at Kilimanjaro national park
Mountain Kilimanjaro: Kilimanjaro national park carries its name from this highest snow caped mountain in Africa. Mountain Kilimanjaro rises above sea level to over 4877m for the lowest peak and 5895m for the highest peak. This mountain is the highest volcanic mountain in the African continent. Visit the park and sight the snow peak shinning in the morning and in the evening times during the sunset. Mountain Kilimanjaro is encompassed with thick rainforests which are a home to different primates like monkeys and also bird species.
Wildlife: The wildlife of Kilimanjaro national park makes it the best destination for wildlife safaris in Tanzania. Though its wildlife cannot be compared to that of other national parks like Serengeti national park, Kilimanjaro national park is worth to visit since it hosts a variety of wild animals like cape buffalos, antelopes, elephants and others.
Bird species: Kilimanjaro National park is a home to over 150 bird species where some of them are migratory from North Africa and southern Europe. Among the birds that can be spotted at the park include resident black shouldered kite, the long tailed trogon, white checked raven, blue napped mouse bird, the African fish eagle, horn bills and others.
Activities to do while Kilimanjaro national park
There is a long bucket list of activities that one can involve in while at a safari in Kilimanjaro national park. Among them include;
Mountain climbing: This is one of the most done and booked activity by the visitors in Kilimanjaro national park. Mountain Kilimanjaro climbing is one of the most adventurous climbs in the African continent and a variety of clients book for different sessions to climb up to the peak of the mountain-Kibo. This snowcapped peak provides a clear view of other peaks like Maweza and shira.
Wildlife viewing: Mostly conducted in the montane forest of the park, wildlife viewing helps visitors in Kilimanjaro national park to sight different wild animals. Kilimanjaro national park provides home to a number of primate species including blue colobus monkeys, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, and others. Among the other animals in the park include elands, elephants and these are mostly found in the shira plateau. Other animals’ warthogs, cheetahs, honey Baja’s, lions, jackals, gazelles, and others can also be spotted in the park.
Nature walks: Get a chance of seeing the wild animals at a closer look. Nature walks in Kilimanjaro national park are most done in along the gentle slopes of Mountain Kilimanjaro. Among the species seen during the walk include primates, birds, butterflies, lizards and others.
Bird watching: Kilimanjaro national park is a home to over 150 bird species including the migratory and residential ones. Most of the migratory birds came from southern Europe and North Africa. Among the birds at the park include blue napped mouse bird, the African fish eagle, horn bills, and others.
Accommodations in Kilimanjaro national park
The accommodations in Kilimanjaro national park are mostly situated in the western part of the park called African mecca. Make your own choice from a wide range of accommodations at the park. Among them include; Shu’mata camp, Ndarakwai ranch, Kambi ya Tembo, and others.