Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 meters – to an imperious 5,895 meters / 19,336 feet.
As one of the 7 summits - the highest points of the 7 continents, Kili is a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. Certificates are given to those who reach either Stella's or Gilman's points located on the crater rim and for the ones lucky enough to reach Uhuru Peak.
But there is so much more to Kili than Uhuru Peak. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the equator to the North Pole in a weeks duration. Apart from the zonations you transverse, the people you will meet on Kili and the memories you will make will last a lifetime. You will probably learn a bit of Swahili and chances are you will learn a song on Kili.