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Walking Safaris on Mount Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania

The Kilimanjaro receives about 50,000 people every year. Being the tallest mountain in Africa, the numbers will be expected as it entices all the professional and amateur hikers who book walking safaris on Mount Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. The mountain has beautiful views with animals and stunning vegetation.

The mountain has an abundant wildlife spread especially in the montane forest zone. There are many mammals as well as birds.

Therefore for bird watchers, you can enjoy the hike even more. The mountain has many primates as well like the Olive Baboons. There are Rhinos and forest elephants.

The Kilimanjaro Mountain boosts of about 180 bird species and over 140 mammal species.

You can view most of these without reaching the summit but just within the tropical rain forest and the cultivated foothills of the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

The Cultivated zone of the Kilimanjaro may not have the animals due to a lot of human activities going on but you will definitely see some special species of birds. You can book your walking safari though your Kilimanjaro tour operator and they will advise on several things.

You may still need some altitude training since you will have to hike a little bit of the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

The southern routes are more productive in terms of wild life but the northern routes have more scenery.

When to go on Kilimanjaro Walks

It’s possible that you can trek the Kilimanjaro any time throughout the year but some months are covered in cold weather and rains and snow especially the top and yet some are dry and a lot more favorable.

Its best advised to hike the Kilimanjaro is between the months of December to February and Mid June to September.

Ideally these are the dry months but even then, sometimes it can and gets a bit messy.

It is however believed that a day of rain may not be as bad as rain that comes in a season and rains on a daily.

But even the months that are considered to be cold or wet may not necessarily be so ad they can even go weeks without any rain.

The wet months are March to Mid June and October to November.

The dry months are also the most crowded; the mountain can be filed with tourist and for people that have intent to explore extensively, you may need to reconsider.

How to Prepare your Kilimanjaro Hike

Like any other mountain, hiking the Kilimanjaro ranges is a common thing on traveler’s lists and this mountain is even more special as it is the tallest in Africa.

There about 30,000 people that hikes this mountain every year. This number doesn’t mean that the hike is an easy thing, you will need to have prepared yourself fit to hike this mountain.

Here are some of the things you can consider to prepare yourself for this hiking adventure.

  • Fitness Training

You will need to test your strength and see how far you can go. The emphasis is on the legs and how your heart and the cardio system can hold up. Your joints and muscles will be tested.

  • Altitude Sickness

The altitude sickness is the most common factor that affects most hikers of the Kilimanjaro. Therefore, you may have the fitness but then suffer altitude sickness.

This inability to adapt to high altitude is known as the attitude sickness. This sickness can increase your chance of getting a cold or flu.

You will be required to withdraw until you feel better as this can affect your health and even cause death.

  • Hiking Gear

You will need to prepare camping equipment and food supplies that will be carried by your allocated helpers. Make sure you have quality gear that will be able to with stand all the terrible conditions in the wild. Pay a lot of emphasis on clothes and foot wear.


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