Located on the northern side of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro shadows popular safari destinations in Tanzania, including Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Arusha national parks. It is the highest free-standing mountain on earth and the highest mountain in Africa. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is every traveler's dream as it offers memories of a lifetime and Africa's stunning landscapes. Although Mount Kilimanjaro is mostly known for its high peaks, the region has many other natural attractions that invite thousands of travelers every year. There is a lot to see and do at Mount Kilimanjaro, and here are the top 10 attractions on Mount Kilimanjaro.
10 Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro, standing at 5895 above sea level and 4900 from the base, is a dormant volcano and is the main attraction in this region. The Mountain features three volcanic cones – Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo. It is believed that Ludwig Purtscheller and Hans Meyer were the first people to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 1889, and have ever since, become a major hiking and climbing destination for travelers all over the world. The mountain’s diminishing glaciers and vanishing ice fields have been major subjects of scientific studies in the past. There are several routes that climbers used to reach the mountain’s summit, including Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Machame, and Umbwe.
9 Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Covering 650 km sq, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is a true definition of Tanzanian beauty and is the host of the Great Kilimanjaro Mountain. The park is located near Moshi, and travelers can access it via plane or road passing through Arusha. Other than hosting Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is an incredible spot for wildlife viewing. The site houses different species of wildlife, including the Cape Buffalos, monkeys, elephants, and hyrax. Various species of plants are also found here. This beautiful park is the best adventure destination in Africa, and travelers can only confirm this when they visit and have the experience of the park.
8 Furtwangler Glacier
Located near Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit, Furtwangler Glacier got named after Walter Furtwangler, who was among the fourth group to climb the mountain in 1912. The Glacier is a tiny remnant of a huge ice cap that was crowned at the Mountain once. About 85% of the ice cover vanished between 1912 and 2011, and scientists expect more of the ice to disappear. Most of the ice cover shall have vanished by the year 2040. The sun’s heating of the rocks underneath causes the glaciers to melt. The effect of the heating from the sun is also responsible for the spectacular attractions, including towers, cathedrals, ice columns, and pillars. Furtwangler Glacier is an amazing Kilimanjaro attraction that every traveler should experience.
7 Credner Glacier
Credner Glacier is an iconic natural attraction in the Mount Kilimanjaro region and is located on the northwest slope of the summit. The glacier descends from the Northern Ice Field and is one of the largest on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a remnant of an ice cap that crowned the peak of the mountain at some point. The Credner Glacier is vanishing rapidly, and scientists suggest that it may not exist in a few decades.
6 The Northern Ice Field
The Northern Ice Field is situated near Mount Kilimanjaro Summit on Uhuru peak’s west slope. Covering 0.95 sq km, the Northern Ice Field is Mount Kilimanjaro’s largest ice body. All the ice fields -the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Ice Fields were once connected at Kilimanjaro Mountain top, forming one big ice block. The Southern Ice Field detached itself from the Northern by 1962. By 1975, the Eastern Ice Field got separated too, leaving the Northern Ice field on its own.
5 Ndoro Falls
Situated at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ndoro Falls is a popular destination in this region. It features spectacular natural scenes, including river vegetation, banana trees, and coffee plantations. Accessing these beautiful Falls is a hustle, but it is worth it is going to be a worthwhile safari experience in the end. Visitors have to walk through a very steep trail, with sticks provided by the local tour guides to avoid slipping.
4 Kibo Summit
Climbing up to Kibo Summit, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro is usually the goal of most climbers visiting Tanzania. It is standing at 19341 high, making it Africa’s highest point. Being the highest point, Kibo is a dormant volcano, which may erupt again in some years to come. Researchers believe that the last volcano eruption happened here 360, 000 years ago. Visitors experience the challenge of reaching Kibo but attaining the goal is rewarding – thanks to the beautiful views it offers from the peak.
3 Chagga Museum
A Kilimanjaro Mountain Safari cannot be complete without visiting Marangu village located on the Mountain’s slopes. Travelers learn about the Chagga society, one of the largest tribes in Tanzania. One can learn about their lifestyle and history – an interesting way of spicing up the Kilimanjaro travel experience. Visitors are accompanied by village guides who pick them up from Marangu and tour them to Chagga Live Museum. From there, travelers can explore the views of the banana and coffee plantations around this place.
2 Lake Chala
Lake Chala, is a crater lake located in a caldera on Kilimanjaro's eastern end, near the border of Kenya and Tanzania. It is an ideal spot for travelers looking for magnificent landscapes and a peaceful environment to relax and enjoy nature. Reach the edge of the crater and experience the breathtaking views of the lake and the tropical forest.
1 Materuni Waterfalls
Materuni Waterfalls is located just outside of Moshi at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and is truly fascinating. Although a bit smaller than Ndoro Waterfalls, Materuni is still beautiful at 150 meters high and offers an amazing sight worth exploring. Visitors are mostly accompanied by English-speaking guides when hiking on a route that leads to the Falls. On the way, there is beautiful greenery vegetation and houses of the Chagga people. Upon reaching the Waterfalls, travelers can take a refreshing dip in the natural pool found there – a truly unforgettable safari experience.