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Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha

It’s a peak with celebrity status and one that we have all seen grace our television screens many a time thanks to the host of famous faces that have struggled their way its snow-capped top for charity. We watched from the comfort of our sofas as Cheryl – Cole? Tweedy? – and Fearne Cotton collapsed mid conquering the strenuous summit for Comic Relief back in 2009, and from that moment on, making the climb didn’t seem quite so appealing anymore (shock). But luckily for you, it’s more than possible to appreciate its majesty without scrambling up to its crest. In fact, admiring the mighty mount from below is just as breathtaking – well, maybe not just as breathtaking because being up at that tremendous height literally leaves you struggling to breathe, but you catch our drift.

Yes, as most already know, Mount Kilimanjaro’s whopping height of 5,895 meters means that it is of course the tallest peak in Africa – a fact that will always have us “oohing” and “aahing”, because who doesn’t love a superlative? We can see you revelling in the travel kudos of having ticked this sight off your bucket-list already, it’s just one of those natural world wonders that will never fail to inspire some awe. And, just in case you need some perspective, Mount Everest’s Base Camp stands at 5,380 metres tall, so we’re talking, not just a little, but a lot high.

And, as if being the tallest mountain in the continent wasn’t enough, as it’s not part of a mountain range, Kilimanjaro also holds the title of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. So, don’t just catch a glimpse of it, get a photo in front of it too. This mountain is high on the list of earth’s most incredible sights, that’s for sure.

why add Mount Kilimanjaro to your itinerary

It’s one of those sights that will stay ingrained in your memory forever. And its imposing nature means that the famous snow-capped peak will follow you as you move from Arusha to Tarangire, and will possibly even make it into your horizon from Ngorongoro. This is a mountain that has its head in the clouds after all.

Pictures taken in Arusha will be the most impressive ones that you get of Kilimanjaro. It’s imposing stature looms over the city, casting its expansive shadow across the gateway to Tanzania’s spectacular national parks. So, it turns out that Arusha isn’t just a stopover destination after all, photo opportunities of one of the world’s seven summits are abound here.

Mout Kilimanjaro essential information


A stone’s throw away – ok maybe not, but it’s close – from Arusha, in Kilimanjaro National Park.

Opening times

It’s been there for hundreds of thousands of years and isn’t going anywhere soon, so you’ll be able to capture it 24/7 during your time in Arusha.

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In whatever attire you deem appropriate for a mountain back-dropped picture.

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