mount kilimanjaro: africa


Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Reaching a height of 19,340 feet (5,895 m), it is one of the largest stratovolcanoes in the world.  

Mount Kilimanjaro is a composite volcano that is comprised of layers of lava, tephra, and volcanic ash. It is currently inactive with no known history of eruptions. There are seven distinctive peaks on the mountain with Uhuru Peak accounting for the highest elevation and true summit of the mountain.

quick facts

  • Summit is at 19,340 feet (5,895 m)
  • Tallest mountain in Africa
  • Tallest free-standing mountain in the world


Mount Kilimanjaro features a year-round snow-topped peak. The mountain has at least six different ecological zones including Montane forests, bushland, rainweald, heath and moorland, highland barrens, and ice cap. The area is protected by Mount Kilimanjaro National Park with trekkers having seven official different routes to ascend to the summit.

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