where is mount kilimanjaro

Where is Mount Kilimanjaro? Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. The peak is located in East Africa, near the border of Kenya and Tanzania, but falls entirely within Tanzanian soil. Many tourists come to Tanzania every year to climb Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro is known as "every man's Everest," because everyone is capable of reaching the summit. The mountain is scalable without any special equipment or climbing skills.

Where in the world is Africa? Where in Africa is Tanzania? Where in Tanzania is Kilimanjaro?
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The continent of Africa is located in the Eastern Hemisphere of the Earth, south of Europe. It is the second largest continent in the world and accounts for 6% of the Earth's surface. The country of Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is located in central east Africa, along the coast of the Indian Ocean. The estimated population of Tanzania is 47 million people. Mount Kilimanjaro is located on the northern border of Tanzania. The closest major cities to Kilimanjaro National Park are Arusha and Moshi. The closest airport is Kilimanjaro airport (JRO).


The word "Kilimanjaro" is widely believed to come from two words in the Chagga language, though expert opinions are not unanonimous. The word "kilelema" means "impossible" and the word "jyaro" means "caravan." Therefore, together "Kilimanjaro" literally means "impossible caravan," a reference to the size of the mountain. However, most interpretations of the word translate "Kilimanjaro" to mean "impossible to climb."

However, Mount Kilimanjaro is very possible to climb, and in fact is successfully climbed by tens of thousands of people every year, from all over the world. The Tanzanian government heavily regulates the activity on the mountain, and everyone must have the company of a licensed guide while on the mountain.

So where is Mount Kilimanjaro? Now you know.

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What is the weather like on Kilimanjaro? Because Mount Kilimanjaro is located near the Equator, the base of the mountain is warm, with temperatures around 70F-80F. In the rainforest area, it can be hot and humid. Precipitation is high. However, as one climbs higher and higher, the temperatures drop each day until finally the lowest temperatures one experiences is on the way to the summit. It is common for temperatures to be below zero, especially with wind chill. Year round, the temperatures on the mountain do not change that much. But what does change is the amount of rain one can expect. There are two rainy seasons in East Africa. Most people climbing during the dry seasons. See When to Climb Kilimanjaro?


1. How do I choose a Kilimanjaro guide company?

2. How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

3. When are the best months to climb Kilimanjaro?

4. Which route should I take?

5. How many days are needed to climb Kilimanjaro?

6. Should I join a group climb or do a private climb?

7. What sort of gear do I need for the climb?

8. How do I train for the climb?

9. What about altitude sickness?

10. What do I need before I arrive in Tanzania?