For those looking for a challenge, mountain climbing may be just for you. The two highest peaks in Africa are Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, followed by its neighbour, Mount Kenya, 320km away. Both of these mountains can offer a challenge depending on the level of experience and fitness of the climber.
At 19,340 feet / 5895 meters, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa – The Roof of Africa – and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. It attracts climbers the world over. The dormant volcano is perched alone above the African plains, offering omnidirectional views of the Maasai Steppe below.
While the ascent is far from routine, well-planned logistics combined with smart altitude management make the peak accessible to physically fit and motivated adventurers. The trek to the summit is spectacular – offering a unique excursion through different ecological and climatic zones, and views that must be experienced to be appreciated.
Those bold enough to attempt Kilimanjaro come away challenged physically and fulfilled emotionally. Kilimanjaro has a selection of climbs using five different traditional routes to the summit, plus one exotic and remote trail.
Mount Kenya, although not as high as Kilimanjaro, at 17,058 feet / 5199 meters still offers a challenge for those with a mountaineering spirit. It was once believed to have reached above 6000m which would have made it higher than Kilimanjaro. Climbers can expect, to pass through alpine meadows and exotic, high-altitude equatorial vegetation on their way to the jagged central rock formation that creates the peak.