The Kilimanjaro is not like most of the other national Parks in the northern circuit that attract tourist just to see wildlife and do game drives. People flock this national park to climb the tallest mountain in Africa.
You don’t expect game drives here as the park is basically a mountain. There is however some wildlife that you can see here but most people pay attention to the mountain which is also a UNESCO world heritage site and is also on the list of the wonders of Africa.
The park covers an area of about 650 square kilometers. The park just like all the other parks in Tanzania is managed by the Tanzania National Parks Authority. The park attracts over 40,000 hikers annually.
Apart from the hiking, there is wildlife that people can explore. One of the special species of animals you can find here on the Kilimanjaro national park is the Cape buffalo.
The park has a variety of vegetation types that you can explore more so while you hike the Kilimanjaro Mountain. The vegetation types include: Cultivation zones, Moorland, Montane forests and the Alpine or arid vegetation.
Some of the unmentioned wonders that are over shadowed by the fact that the Kilimanjaro is the Tallest Mountain in the world are the presence of Tarakia and Namwai Rivers.
The mountain has very many rodents and the most notable one being the Four-Striped Mouse. Other notable wildlife is the African bush Elephants, grey duikers, blue monkeys and the Black and white colubus monkeys.
There are several snake types here as well but the trails are dominated by human activity and therefore you will rarely find all this wildlife on the trail since they are shy more so the snake species on the Kilimanjaro.
The Kilimanjaro Mountain stands at an elevation of about 5,890 meters above sea level.
The Geology of the Kilimanjaro
The Kilimanjaro has interesting geology feature being that it’s the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free standing Mountain in the World.
This volcanic mountain is a stratovolcano. A stratovolcano is one that is made up of different layer of ash, laves and rocks. It’s also has large amounts of Basalts.
This makes it more rocky and steep. One of the unique feature of this mountain are the glaciers that are believed to be over 10,000 years old.
The glaciers are about 100 meters thick but due to the effects of global warming, the glaciers are expected to disappear and melt away by 2030 if they keep melting at the same rate.
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