KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK
Kilimanjaro National Park is a Tanzanian national park, located 300 kilometers (190 mi) south of the equator and in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. The park is located near the city of Moshi. The park includes the whole of Mount Kilimanjaro above the tree line and the surrounding montane forest belt above 1,820 meters (5,970 ft). It covers an area of 1,688 square kilometers (652 sq mi), 2°50’–3°10’S latitude, 37°10’–37°40’E longitude. The park is administered by the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). The park was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1987.
The park generated the US $51 million in revenue in 2013, the second-most of any Tanzanian national park, and was one of only two Tanzanian national parks to generate a surplus during the 2012-13 budget year. (The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which includes the heavily visited Ngorongoro Crater, is not a national park.) The fees for park usage and for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro during the 2015-16 budget year are published on the Internet. TNPA has reported that the park recorded 58,460 tourists during the 2012-13 budget year, of whom 54,584 were foreigners. Of the park’s 57,456 tourists during the 2011-12 budget year, 16,425 hiked the mountain, which was well below the capacity of 28,470 as specified in the park’s General Management Plan.
ATTRACTIONS IN KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK
A variety of animals can be found in the park. Above the timberline, the Kilimanjaro tree hyrax, the grey duiker, and rodents are frequently encountered. The bushbuck and red duiker appear above the timberline in places. Cape buffaloes are found in the montane forest and occasionally in the moorland and grassland. Elephants can be found between the Namwai and Tarakia rivers and sometimes occur at higher elevations. In the montane forests, blue monkeys, western black and white colobuses, bushbabies, and leopards can be found.
Mount Kilimanjaro national park boasts with different species of birds, it is believed to be a home to over 150 bird species some of which are migratory birds and others endemic to this area, some of the birds in Mount Kilimanjaro are; white-necked Raven, resident black-shouldered kite, long-tailed trogon, Gabar goshawk, blue napped mousebirds, grey horn-bill, African fish eagles, white-cheeked barbet, African pygmy kingfisher, and red-capped robin chat among the rest. The best time to do bird watching is from November to April when migratory birds from Europe and North Africa are present.
ACTIVITIES IN KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK
Tourists can make their safari more experimental by cycling to the highest peak of Africa through the Kilema route at an additional fee for this activity. There are three main stations. The cycling will expose you to farmlands of the Chagga people.
However, this activity should be done by well-experienced mountain bikes accompanied by a tourist guide who’s knowledgeable about Kilimanjaro. Awe! Sound fun but the caution bit dares to.., right? When it comes to getting fun moments, we at Engagi safaris can go extreme. Contact us for an itinerary and price quote.
To have an exclusive bush experience, camping within the several camping sites along the second hiking routes will be memorable. The campsites provide comfortable accommodation and bush toilets as well as mouthwatering meals to suit your hiking experience.
Nature guided walks:
There is no other way to get up close with the landlords of the wild other than nature walks. Guided nature walks in Mount Kilimanjaro are conducted at the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro forest canopy.
While on this guided nature walk, expect to see a lot of primates like the red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, white and black Columbus monkey and a lot of plant species not forgetting the panoramic views of the Chagga farmlands and neighboring towns. Africa is far off peculiar to make anyone visiting it to smile.
At Mount Kilimanjaro national park, the picnic spots include Jiwe la Mbula, Daraja refu, wona, last water, and several others. These picking sites give you remarkable moments and allow you to enjoy the best of uninterrupted wilderness time. Tourist can enjoy their packed lunch from one of these sites.
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s free-standing mountain offers panoramic views suitable for filming adventure movies, one of the famous films that scooped an award was done from Kilimanjaro this was done in 1952 and the title was the snows of Kilimanjaro.
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ACCOMMODATIONS IN KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK
Ndarakwai Ranch Camp
Kambi Ya Tembo