10 Mount Kilimanjaro Facts For People Who Are Interested In Africa

 Tanzania is talked about in the world because it owns Mount Kilimanjaro or the highest single free-standing mountain, which is one of the most famous and dangerous volcanoes in the world. In this article, we are here with 10 Mount Kilimanjaro facts that are interesting and mindblowing. 

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa.

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As one of the highest summits in the world, Asia has Everest. What about Africa? Africa has Mount Kilimanjaro, but it is a volcano. And the thing you don't know is Mount Kilimanjaro is also one of the world's dangerous volcanoes. Situated close to the equator, this mountain is 5895 meters high, making it Africa's tallest mountain. Tanzania has this as the tallest mountain in the continent, while Kenya has the second-highest mountain.   

Mount Kilimanjaro's climate is changing rapidly.

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Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, has five climatic zones. That is, having different climatic conditions in different parts of the world contain in one place. A hiker who is willing to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro will have to cross the Savannah at the beginning, a rainforest that takes about 5 feet of annual rainfall, Moorlands which feels you that you are in outer space, the Alpine Desert, and then the Mount Kilimanjaro summit which is at an altitude of about 5900 m.

There are two common types of monkeys in the way of Mountain Kilimanjaro.

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A Kilimanjaro climber can experience an abundance of wildlife. As you walk on the road, you can see the Colobus monkeys hanging on the branches along the trail. Those are typical monkey specie in African regions. Besides Colobus, there is some brute monkey specie in that rainforest, which is Sykes. Sykes monkeys are some more brutal than the Colobus, and they are predators. One difference between these Sykes and Colobus is that Sykes having five fingers on their hands like humans, but Colobus has only four.

Umbwe Route is the most challenging route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Even that there are 10 different routes to reach the summit, the most challenging way is Umbwe Route. It takes about 7 days for the whole journey. (5 days to climb up, 2 days to climb down) How difficult is that route is that the number of days spends up, the difficulty goes brutal. The first day it requires climbing about 4000 ft, and the rest of the journey goes more difficult as the slope goes high, diseases happen due to the altitude change, and the weight of the stuff carries for seven days. So that is why there are other people who are like to bring your things with you to the summit for money as the job.

Kilimanjaro is rich in wildlife.

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Kilimanjaro's rainforest is where you can feel a fantastic wildlife experience, such as seeing nature-connected smaller creatures. Giant Heathers and mosses hanging on branches are some of the things that confirm you are in this rainforest. Everywhere you look in this rainforest, you will see hanging mosses that look aesthetic, but a step to danger in sometimes. Some trees are fully covered with those mosses. The environment gets slightly cool as the waterdrops on the mist are collected on those mosses. 

Moorland Zone takes you to a fairy tale.

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The environment that occurred by the high altitude is not only what makes sense that you are in another world. The Moorland Zone, where you can not see many other trees than the groundels, sometimes reminds you whether you are on another planet. Those groundsels in the Moorland Zone are well accommodated to the cold temperature where scattered on cold parts of volcanoes in Africa and do not have a constant height. Those are located in different places along the route with different shapes. The best example for accommodating themself is that the dead leaves of those groundsels collect on its trunk and protect it from cold temperatures.

Mount Kilimanjaro is made up of three volcanoes.

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When you climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and stands in the summit of it, Kibo is where you are. Kibo is one of the made-up volcanoes of Mount Kilimanjaro, and it is also the cone that holds the summit. This Kibo is an active volcano and was formed more than 4.5 million years ago. The rest are extinct and located on either side of Kibo, which are Mawenzi and Shira. Perhaps, Shira was a peak, and after it collapsed, it was no longer a peak.

Barranco Valley gives a fantastic picture of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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This is a place a person who had climbed before is expecting to reach. This is because you can often not see Mount Kilimanjaro's clear view when you come through the jungle after seeing it at the beginning of the trek. But, you can see it clearly in this valley. And also, it is possible to see the glacier that has been covering the volcano for decades without melting. Many hikers choose this valley to camp as it has a good view of the sky at night and is also a great place to see the sunrise and the mist flowing through the mountains in the morning.

Mount Kilimanjaro formed in Pliocene era.

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Mount Kilimanjaro formed in the Pliocene era, which is about 3 million years ago, and was created due to the origination of the Great Rift Valley, which runs from Lebanon to Mozambique. Shira became extinct more than 2 million years ago, and Mawenzi became extinct 450,000 years ago. Kibo was caused by a landslide on the mountain.

Rebmann was the first European to see it.

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Rebmann came to East Africa to missionary work. He saw Mount Kilimanjaro while he was wandering in that area. Rebmann is known as the first European to see Mount Kilimanjaro. However, on October 6, 1889, the Austrian climber Ludwig Purtscheller and the German geographer Hans Meyer became the first men to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

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