Kilimanjaro National Park is an iconic and unique national park that covers up the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. The roof of Africa is part of the Kilimanjaro national park ecosystem.
While traversing through Kilimanjaro national park it will take you through 5 climatic zones; cultivation zone, rainforest zone, heath-moorland zone, desert zone, and arctic zone. All the 5 zones will introduce the trekkers with the new climate, Some iconic flora life, as well as unique wildlife, is waiting for you in the National Park.
The national park is located just 300km south of the equator receives most visitors after Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is spread across 1,688 square kilometers and administrated by Tanzania National Parks Authority.
The national park has a great contribution towards the economy of the country. The park added revenue of US $51 million in 2013. The national park was visited by 57,456 tourists during 2011-12. The number of tourist numbers to the National Park is increasing every year.
The forest land adjacent to the mountain was gazetted as a game reserve by the German colonial government in the early 20th century. Afterward, in 1921 it was declared as a forest reserve and during 1973 the mountain was completely added to the Kilimanjaro National Park ecosystem.
The national park was reserved by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site in 1987.
The national park offers a decent array of wildlife. You can spot the tree hyrax, the grey duiker, bushbuck, red duiker, Cape buffaloes, Elephants, blue monkeys, western black and white colobuses, bushbabies, and leopards in Kilimanajro national parks.
While entering to the national park you need to pay fees for following;
The Mount Kilimanjaro
Mountain climbing can be done throughout the year. The best time is mid-June-October and December-mid March.
June - October
December - March
The distance from Arusha City to Moshi Town is 123Km and it takes 2hours, reaching to Marangu (Park Headquarter) from Moshi Town is 48 km and takes 1 hour driving. It is about 86Km from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Park Headquarter (Marangu) by road and it take 1 hour and 30 Minutes. The park can only be reached by road.
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