Kilimanjaro is arguably the tallest mountain in Africa. Though it’s ranked second in the world, it’s recognised as the tallest freestanding landmark on the planet. The mountain is shared by two countries; Tanzania and Kenya. That’s why thousands of people climb this mountain every year. The larger part of the mountain is in Tanzania. You can therefore opt to approach the mountain from either of the two countries. But most holiday makers prefer the Tanzanian route because it offers much to see than the Kenyan side. This article will shed more light on why you should add Kilimanjaro on your travel bucket list.
Experience Varied Climate, Vegetation and Animals
It’s only in Kilimanjaro that you will get a feel of almost all climates. At the end of your hike, you will feel like you have travelled from Equator to North Pole in one week. This because you will first spot dry grasslands at the foot of the mountain and then experience thick vegetation as you go up. The climate gets really cold at the peak of the mountain. You will also see different animals that are used to the changes in climate of the mountain. Some of the common animals include Columbus monkeys, elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffaloes and leopards among others.
No Skills Required
Climbing mount Kilimanjaro is not rocket science. You don’t need to be an experienced climber. This is because ropes and hooks are not used along the way to the peak of the mountain. The mountain can actually be scaled by people of all ages. Some of the people that have succeeded in reaching its top include kids that were as young as 7 years and others that were beyond 80 years. The good thing is that you will walk like you do when going for a hike. You can even hire a tour guide to show you the shortest route.
The environment of the mountain is very clean. This is because government agencies discourage visitors from leaving their trash in the mountain. Regardless of the route you have chosen, you will find game rangers at the entrance who will insist on measuring the weight of your luggage. They will do the same thing when you come down. In case the weight of your bags is not constant, you will be required to pay a heavy fine. You can therefore be sure that you will enjoy a fresh breeze while in the mountain.
Giving Back to Society
There are people who climb the mountain to raise money for charitable organisations. All you need to do is find sponsors that are willing to support your worthy course. Others scale the heights of the mountain to create awareness about crucial social issues such as disability and diseases. Besides that, the fee that climbers pay is used in sustaining the communities that live at the bottom of the mountain. There are also businesses that sell products and services to tourists.
Like mentioned before, climbing a mountain is a very memorable event. There are people who climb Kilimanjaro to celebrate special achievements in their life. The event can be a divorce, graduation from university or promotion at work. There are others that climb to get motivation in other areas of life. When you climb such a giant mountain, it inspires you to pursue your dreams without giving up. This is because it convinces you that you can do anything as long as you are determined.
*collaborative guest post