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The Shira Plateau of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

The Shira Plateau is one of the famous places around the Kilimanjaro. The Plateau offers hikers to the Kilimanjaro a sample of what to expect when they hike this African Giant.

When you reach the summit of the Shira Plateau, you will have a chance to have spectacular views of the surroundings of the Kilimanjaro Mountains.

The Plateau covers an area of about 13 kilometers from the west to the eastern pole. The area stands at an elevation of between 3,500 and 3962 meters above sea level at different points.

This elevation makes this plateau one of the tallest in the world and that’s why it’s special. The Shira Plateau was formed about 500,000 years ago.

It is believed that the crater in this area was eroded and over time the plateau was formed at the base of the volcanic pit.

Location of the Shira Plateau

The Plateau is located on the Shira peak which is near the Simba River. The Shira peak is the tallest peaks behind Mawenzi and Kibo peaks of the Kilimanjaro.

The Plateau is well positioned to offer you the views of an ancient caldera which has been dead for about 500,000 years ago.

Activities at the Shira Plateau

The most common at activity considering the elevation of this area is hiking. You can take a one day hike to the Plateau and have beautiful views of the surroundings of the Kilimanjaro.

While on this hike you can see the nearby Amboseli national park and its beauty. The park is located in the nearby Kenya.

On clearer days, Mount Kilimanjaro offers stunning views with even longer hikes giving you the ultimate chance of witnessing an array of rolling and winding landscapes with sights of the Shira the plateau’s silvery glaciers, rainforest, valleys and rocky ridges.

You will have a chance to reach one of the base camps of the hiker to the Kilimanjaro.

While on this hike, you will have a chance to the spectacular views as the trail goes through the shrub steppe as it approaches the altitude of about 3600 meters above sea level.

Shira Needle and Shira Cathedral

The walk along the Shira Plateau will give you good views of the Shira Cathedral and the Shira needle which makes this side of the mountain a very scenic adventure.

You may on a lucky day have a chance to see some animals like the Zebras and Hyenas.


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