Situated in Northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan border, Mount Kilimanjaro rises 5,896 meters above sea level and is both the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Who wouldn’t want to climb such a marvel of nature? The climb is not an easy one, but it is an incredible and worthwhile experience.
It is composed of three volcanic cones: Kibo (5895m), Mawenzi (5149m) and Shira (3962m). To climb Kilimanjaro means passing through four seasons in four days, from the tropical forests of the lower regions to the tundra of the higher ones, from the alpine deserts to the arctic of the summit.
Located in Arusha National Park, Mt. Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and is often underrated because of its proximity to Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is good option for those who want to climb on a budget and it boasts impressive views and the chance to see wildlife.
The ‘Mountain of God’ with the coldest erupting lava in the world
Ol Doinyo Lengai, meaning “Mountain of God” in the language of the Maasai, is an active volcano located in the Gregory Rift. Ol Doinyo Lengai is unique in that it contains natrocarbonatite lava, which compared to the usual silicate lava, erupts at much lower temperatures. It is the only volcano on earth of it’s kind!
The 4 to 6 hour ascent of the volcano is very stepy and challenging but worth the effort. Before you reach the top, you’ll pass through what is known as the “Pearly Gates”, two white towers of lava from an eruption around 12,000 years ago. The climb is done overnight because there is too much direct sunlight during the day.