Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
Africa's highest peak
At 5,895 meters Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. There are few more rewarding experiences in Africa for friends and family to share.
In a matter of days you’ll climb Kilimanjaro through hot plains, grasslands, alpine meadows, moorlands and desert uplands, eventually to snow and ice!
When to go
The main seasons for climbing Kilimanjaro are traditionally December through to March, and June through to October. At this time temperatures in Moshi, at the base of the mountain, are around 22 degrees C and summit temperatures around 7 degrees C.
It is generally advised to try and avoid November and April / May, which are when the short and long rains come. However, there is a caveat as the seasons are shifting and the timing of the rains is definitely less predictable when compared to the past. However, you must be prepared (as per any mountain) for rain (and snow as you go higher up) at all times of the year.
We'd recommend either the Lemosho 9 day route, the Lemosho 8 day route or the Machame 7 day route. Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favourite route offering a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate.
Lemosho however is a longer route, best done in 8 or 9 days whereas the Machame is a shorter, steeper route that can be done in 7 days. The two routes join higher up and they both offer similar views as you climb. In addition, the Machame is quite popular therefore there is more 'traffic'.