Kilimanjaro is the largest free standing mountain in Africa and has the highest peak at 5,895 m. Located in Tanzania, an east African country bordering the Indian Ocean between Kenya and Mozambique, many a climber make the trip every year to drool at the base of the mountain in the Kilimanjaro National Park, preparing for the day their quest will begin and non-climbers give glimpse wishing they only had the guts. Tanzania is many things, but if there is one thing that makes it most famous it is this particular site. I’m not a climber by any means. The last thing I probably climed was a jungle-gym back in 4th grade in Enterprise, Alabama and as you can imagine I must feel a bit embarrassed sharing that when talking about Kilimanjaro in the same paragraph.
So… Let’s start planning a vacation to the area. Gain some basic info at UNESCO since the mountain is a world heritage site. This Tanzania Parks site is good point in seeing pictures of the area as planning what to do and when to go. Additionally the Tanzania Tourism site has the full scope of what the country can offer visitors interested in safari or even Zanzibar. For now we’ll focus on Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to pay full attention if attempting to summit.