Africa offers wonderful safaris; it’s riddled with gorgeous coastlines, attractions, historical monuments and natural phenomenons – the continent really has so much to offer in making your entire bucket list experiences a reality. One I am sure you’re dying to tick off (especially as an adventure seeker), is that of climbing one of Africa’s greatest peaks. Whether it is a beginner climbing excursion or an advanced climb, a climb of any sort will be something to remember for many years to come. That moment of achievement is one that money cannot buy. If adventure is what you are looking for, then why keep your feet flat on the ground when you could find yourself in the best place: the top! From the snow tipped peak of Kilimanjaro, to the High Atlas Mountains or the slopes of Mount Kenya, Africa’s magically spiritual mountains will appeal to the new or more experienced climber.
So many visitors are drawn to the mountains of Africa, either to climb, hike or picnic at the foot of its splendor.
What a feeling of awe one must feel, standing on the summit of Tanzania‘s 5,895-meter Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain, and Africa’s highest point. The spellbinding mountain is Africa’s most-visited destination, enticing thousands of tourists who are wanting to challenge themselves mentally and physically.
One need not be an expert mountaineer to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, but your mental and physical shape must be of a high standard. Make sure that you have the correct equipment that is required of this climb although no “special” equipment is needed. Good quality thermal clothing, a warm beanie, sunglasses – we’d recommend a quality pair, sunscreen for face and lips (NB), gloves, a day pack, water bottles and a rain jacket. More and more tourists are interested in the challenge to climb Kilimanjaro as they’ve become more aware that it is achievable. Reaching the summit of this majestic mountain is also a personal achievement that will never be forgotten. There are various routes to take, each with its own challenges, its own terrain and landscape, giving climbers a more unique/personal experience. Don’t waste too many years dreaming about this adventure as experts have said that due to climate change, the beautiful snow-capped peaks will soon be a thing of the past.
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The picturesque Simien Mountains is a natural phenomenon with jagged peaks of solidified lava separating valleys; forming fantastic landscapes. Ras Dejen is 4 550 meters and is the tallest peak. The walia ibex, one of the world’s rarest animals has made the mountain it’s home – you won’t find the walia ibex living anywhere else in the world! There are plenty of wildlife to be found in this National Park which include lions, giant mountain goats and gelada monkeys to name a few. Many tourists from all over the world as well as local visitors are drawn to the Simien Mountains, not just because of its beauty, but for the experienced hiker it is one of the best hiking destinations on the planet. This hike must be done with an experienced guide and you should of course be fit, physically strong and capable to manage an advanced hike such as this.
The High Atlas is a splendid mountain range in central Morocco. Mount Toubkal is North Africa’s highest peak, at 4,165 meters. There’s a number of routes to follow to climb this mountain which is a climb not recommended for the inexperienced climbers as the terrain is demanding and challenging. Hiking through the rocky landscape you will have the opportunity to explore boundless valleys and ravines and you will come across the Berber people who have inhabited this tough terrain for hundreds of years -an enchanting, heart-warming encounter. The summer months are the best months to climb the Atlas Mountains.
Although Mount Meru seems to stand in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, it has its own trusted admirers and is Tanzania’s second-highest mountain at 4,565 meters. It may not be as popular as most other mountains but Mount Meru is for those who want to experience what others rarely get the chance to do. Mount Meru is a volcanic cinder cone that will spoil you with its variety of wildlife and breathtaking views. The slopes are coated with a thick rainforest which spans an area of about 2,900 meters across the region, and is known to be unstable and rough. Mountaineers preparing to hike Kilimanjaro in groups or with the local Maasai, often use Mount Meru to acclimatise themselves prior to the challenge.
Africa’s second highest mountain is Mount Kenya at 5,199 meters and is the highest mountain in Kenya. Wildlife, vegetation, glacial valleys and the beautiful scenery, promises you a hiking experience that won’t disappoint. The ascent can be a challenge because of the steep ice-capped peaks. There are numerous routes to take on the path to the summit of the mountain, and it usually takes between three to seven days to complete. Temperatures at the summit seldom rise above freezing point so make sure you have thermal wear under garment and warm jackets.
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Mount Elgon is an impressive extinct shield volcano influencing the skyline along the border of Eastern Uganda and Kenya. The crater is surrounded by uneven peaks, which includes Wagagai, being the highest at 4,321 meters. There are ancient caves to explore and beautiful cliffs, with spectacular streams that cascade into waterfalls below. Bamboo belts and old thick overgrown forests give way to an impressive moorland region covered by vegetation, tree heaths and lobelias.There are various routes to take and the full hike can take up to five days.
The Drakensberg is a large and beautiful mountain range in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, it’s highest peak is 3,475 meters and stretches out 1,125 kilometers wide. Casual hikers, as well as the more adventurous hikers, will find this great mountain range ideal as the hike takes them through beautiful forests, with a few ‘easier’ paths. For the more experienced hiker, there are difficult terrains and uneven terraces, offering these hikers the challenge they’re longing for! Many tourists are attracted to the parks and game reserves – the scenery is exquisite and each new day brings with its own unique beauty; giving travellers long lasting memories.