Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is a Tanzania national park, located 300 kilometres (190 mi) south of the equator. Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. The mountain is also located in the Northern part of the Tourist city Arusha in Moshi town just a few kilometres from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The park was declared a game reserve in 1921 and designated as a forest reserve in 1973. This is one of the most visited national parks in Tanzania and third to Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater respectively. The park covers a total land area of 1,688sqkm and with a surrounding montane forest belt which is above 1820 meters above sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro National park shelters Africa’s highest point Mount Kilimanjaro, a very popular creation that holds quite a strong profile and also consists of three volcanic cones mawenzi, kibo and shira. The park is gifted with a lot of nature with both fauna and flora. A wide range of animals are found here like the cape buffalos, grey duiker, forest elephants, bushbuck, tree hyrax, bush babies, blue monkeys and many more, with different tree species from the lower slopes of the mountain to the highest bamboo land.
Activities that can be done in this park
Each part and camp in Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park has specialized activities like bird watching, nature walks, village and cultural tours adventure and hike to the peak of the mountain.
Hiking to Uhuru peak
The hiking route to this peak includes Shira route, Machame route, Marango route, Rongai route, Umbwe route and Lemosho route. Hiking to the top of the mountain can take 6-8 days depending on the fitness and the route the guest chooses and celebrations always follow every successful hike.
The park is a home to over 30 animal species and this activity is one of the most common activities in Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park. The park inhabits both small and big game like forest elephants, Dik-dik, Bush bucks, Bush babies, Hyenas, Duiker and much more. On a lucky day one can easily spot the rare leopards at the park, buffalos, mongoose and many others.
Visiting the Chala Crater Lake
This Crater Lake is found at the edge of Mt. Kilimanjaro inside the high crater rim and is one of the largest lakes found at the mountain. The Crater Lake covers 1.6 square mile and it’s a sightseeing site with its incredible waters which range in color from turquoise to emerald green depending on the time and weather of the year. There are some camps around the lake where visitors can enjoy viewing the lake in their own tents or tour around the swamp.
Be ready to be received by songs of different forest birds that are found across the park. This park has a record of over 750 bird species with endemic birds that cannot be seen in any other place in the world hence making it a one stop destination for birders. The park is also a home of different African bird species and the most common sited birds are Trumpeter Hornbill, Violent Crested Turaco, Narina Trogon, Ross’s Turaco, African pygmy kingfisher, African Piita, Emerald Cuckoo, Silver-cheeked Hornbill and many more.
The mountain is a home to different primate species like Black faced monkey, Baboons, Blue monkey and more. These are found swinging at the tree branches and sometimes come close to the guests as they like playing and snatching food stuffs from the bag of the guests.
How to get there
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Mount Kilimanjaro national park can be accessed by road transport means whereby you will drive from Arusha to Moshi town and then to the park headquarters which takes about 2 hours drive. Visitors coming from Moshi town will take about 1 hour to reach the park headquarters.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park fee
The park fee varies by route, group type and operator, but ranges from $1500 to $3000).
Mount Kilimanjaro Park Fees
Components that make up Mount Kilimanjaro Park Fees
The fees consist of six main components and they are as follows:
The Conservation fee is charged for the protection, upkeep and maintenance of the National Park. The fee is US$70 per day per trekker and is charged for every day that a trekker is inside the park. For example, a trekker doing the 7 day Machame would be charged $490 (7 x $70 per day).
Apart from the hut accommodation that is provided on the Marangu route and all other routes on kilimanjaro use public campsites. The National Park is in charge of the upkeep and maintenance of Kilimanjaro’s campsite and charges a daily camping fee of $50 per trekker per night camped. Continuing our example above, a trekker on the 7-day Machame would spend 6 nights camping and therefore the total camping fee would be $300 (6 x $50 per night).
The hut fees only apply to hikers on the Marangu route. As with the campsites, the huts at Mandara, Horombo and Kibo camp are maintained by the National Park. The fee is $60 per night per trekker. So on a 6-day Marangu a trekker would pay $300 in total (5 nights x $60).
Rescue fees are charged by the National Park whether you need to be rescued or not. The cost is $20 per trekker per trip.
Crater Camping Fees
The crater camping fee is only charged to hikers who plan to camp inside Kilimanjaro’s crater. The cost is $100 per trekker per night.
Guide and Porter Entrance Fees
The National Park also charges an entrance fee for guides and porters. The cost is $2 per support crew member per trip. As this is usually spread across many hikers in a group, the cost is negligible.
Children between 5-15 years old are charged $20 per day for the conservation fee (i.e. a $50 a day discount) and $10 per night camping fee (i.e. a $40 per day discount). There are unfortunately no discounts on hut fees, rescue fees or crater camp fees.
East African Citizens
Citizens of the following East African countries (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda & South Sudan) get significant discounts on all fees (up to 90% discounts). You do not need to be a resident in these countries but you will need to present a valid passport at entry.