Mountain climbing & Hiking

Mountain climbingThe term mountaineering describes the sport of mountain climbing. While some scholars identify mountaineering-related activities as climbing (rock and ice) and trekking up mountains, others are also adding backpacking, hiking, skiing, via ferrata and wilderness activities, and still others state that mountaineering activities also include indoor climbing, sport climbing and bouldering.
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Arusha National Park

Arusha national park is often off of many tourist because the park is amazing of its diversity of habitats you will find swamps, open plains, mountain forest and volcanoes all compressed within a distance of 35 km from Arusha city. Arusha national park is the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.Moutain hiking
Only 45 minutes from central Arusha, this is the most accessible of Tanzania’s Northern circuit parks, often overlooked by tour operators and visitors. At just over 212 square miles (542 sq. km), it s located between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru mountain.

Within the park there are three broad areas to be found: Ngurdoto Crater (surrounded by forest), the Momela Lakes (alkaline) and Mount Meru (lush forest and bare rock). These are all at varying altitudes and as a result have very different vegetation – it is all this that helps to make this such a diverse park to visit.

Despite its small size, Arusha National Park has a rich variety of wildlife. Within the park’s three vegetation zones, many different kinds of animals can be found. Near water, reedbuck and waterbuck can be spotted, while shy bushbuck and duiker keep to the forested parts of the park. The Mount Meru eco-system is especially diverse, and home to some of the more elusive larger mammals, such as leopard and hyena.

Almost 400 species of birds have been recorded in the park, along with wide butterflies and other wildlife. Some of them are migratory and only present between October and April, others are permanent residents. Especially the Momela lakes are a great place for bird watching, which host a large concentration of waterbirds, including flamingos. There is also a variety of raptors, which hide in the forested areas of Mount Meru.

Map Arusha National ParkThe park is only 137km², but includes a diverse range of habitats. There are three distinct areas to be found: Ngurdoto Crater, the Momella Lakes and the rugged Mount Meru. Correlated to the altitude and geology of Arusha National Park you can find mountain rainforests, open savannah, alkaline lakes and even a volcanic crater.

Mount Meru stand at 4, 566 ( 14,980ft), the fifth- highest mountain in Africa.
On clear days you get great views of Mount Meru, which is Africa’s fifth highest mountain and within the parks boundary. You can also see across to Kilimanjaro – which is 50km away.

Best time to visit:

Climbing Mount meru: June to February, although it may rain in November. Best views of Kilimanjaro: December to February.

Activity in the park:

Mountain climbing (Mount Meru), Horse riding, bird-viewing, game driving, canoeing in the big Momella Lake.

There are two airports near Arusha: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is 40km east of town, off the main highway between Arusha and the mountain. JRO is used for larger international flights from Kenya, Nairobi and Europe, as well as regional safari connections in Tanzania. The much smaller Arusha Airport, on the town’s western fringes, is a minor hub for Tanzanian regional flights.

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Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro national park

Mountain climbingKilimanjaro National Park is a Tanzania national park, located 300 kilometres (190 mi) south of the equator and in Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania. The park is located near the city of Moshi. The park includes the whole of Mount Kilimanjaro above the tree line and the surrounding montane forest belt above 1,820 metres (5,970 ft). It covers an area of 1,688 square kilometres (652 sq mi), 2°50’–3°10’S latitude, 37°10’–37°40’E longitude.

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Kilimanjaro is not only the highest peak in Africa, but also is a world’s highest freestanding mountain located only 330 km south of the Equator with snow cap throughout the years. With its distinctive silhouette and snow-capped peak, Kilimanjaro is a powerful visual symbol and a quintessential African image. Often referred to as the “Roof of Africa” Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent. It is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland to the commanding summit at 19,340 feet (5,895 m). There are three volcanic cones that make up Kilimanjaro: Kibo is the summit; Mawenzi at 16,893 feet (5,149 m); and Shira at 13,000 feet (3,962 m). Uhuru Peak, the goal of most climbers, is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim.

KilimanjaroIt is the highest mountain anywhere in the world that can be ascended without specialized mountaineering equipment or experience. Standing proudly on the African plains, just over 200 miles (330 km) from the equator, the mountain is large enough to have its own weather systems and five separate vegetation zones: the cultivated lower slopes, the rain forest zone, the semi-alpine heath and moorland zone, the alpine desert zone, and the arctic zone. Average temperatures may range from a high of 90 degrees to a low of -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-40F and -40C, with wind chill).

Which route?

Kilimanjaro has six ascent route to the summit such us Marangu, Mweka, Umbwe , machame, Shira and Rongai. Both the Shira and Lemosho routes approach the mountain from the west, and use variations of the same trail, merging just above the forest of the Shira Plateau. Both routes ascend to the summit either via the Western Breach or through the Southern Ice fields via the Barafu Route. The most common route is the Marangu Route (Coca Cola route), which ascends the mountain from the southeast. It is the only route where overnight accommodation is in specially built huts. The summit bid is via the Marangu Route, with descent made by retracing your steps.

After the Marangu, the Machame Route (Whisky route) is the second most popular and one of the most scenic. From the Machame route, it is six-hours walk up a well-worn path, crossing tangled tree routs, through rainforest to Machame Hut. Starts from the southwest base of the mountain, and approaches the summit via either the Western Breach or the Barafu Route. The Umbwe Route is the most direct and most strenuous route, as it gains height rapidly and allows less time to acclimatize. The summit bid is usually done via the Western Breach. less frequently used Rongai Route is the only route to approach from the northeast side of the mountain. The path crosses the Mawenzi, with the final summit bid made via the Marangu Route.

Each of the six ascent routes connect with a path that circles the Kibo cone, known as either the Northern
Circuit or the Southern Circuit, depending on which side of the mountain you approach the summit. It is possible to walk around the entire Kibo cone, but this needs to be arranged in advance. Three trails then lead up from this circular path to Kibo’s crater rim: the Western Breach Route (also known as the Arrow Glacier Route), Barafu Route, and a path which runs up from Kibo Huts to Gillman’s Point, best known as the Kibo Huts Route. Which of these you will take to the summit depends upon which of the six paths you took to get this far

Useful equipment while peak

  • Gloves
  • A water pouch with a tube, carrying in daypack
  • Hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Treaking socks, shirts and trousers
  • Rain gear
  • Head lamp- torch
  • Strong sunglasses, hat and suncream
  • Neck over

Mountain climbing & hiking, Best time to go

Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s proximity to the equator, this region does not experience the extremes of winter and summer weather, but rather dry and wet seasons. Therefore, the best time to climb Kilimanjaro tends to be the warmest and driest months. January, February, and September are considered the best months in terms of weather, and likewise are the busiest months. January through mid-March are the warmest months, with clear skies in the mornings and evenings. During the day, clouds may appear, along with brief showers. From the end of March to early June is the long rainy season. Visibility may be low due to heavy clouds, but the crowds are gone. June, July, and August are good months, but it is colder. Following September and October, the short rainy season lasts from November through the beginning of December, when afternoon rains are normal, but skies are clear in mornings and evenings.

Lit by a full moon, the view of the peak of Kilimanjaro and its magnificent glaciers is undeniably spectacular. For this reason, some climbers prefer to schedule their trek to coincide with the full moon. Additionally, there is a practical reason for climbing during the full moon: along with a clear sky, a bright moon will increase your visibility throughout your climb, and most importantly, during the summit attempt. To summit during a full moon, a 7-day climb should start 5 days prior to the full moon date.

Minimum recommended trip lengths

Machame Route: 6-7 days
Marangu Route: 5-6 days
Rongai Route: 5-6 days
Shira and Lemosho Routes: 6 to 9 days
Umbwe Route: 5-6 days

Mountain climbing & hiking, best activity:

Mountain climbing and Cultural tourism

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Udzugwa national park

Udzugwa national parkUdzugwa Mountains National Park is a national park in Tanzania with a size of 1,990 km2 (770 miles). The habitats contained within the national park include tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo woodland, grassland and steppe. There is a vertical height range of 250-2,576 metres ( the peak of Lohomero), which incorporates the Udzugwa Mountain part of the Eastern Arc Mountain. There are more 400 birds species, 2500 plant species (25% of which are endemics) and 6 primate species. It has the second largest biodiversity of a national park in Africa.

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With an area of 1,990 km2, the park is also an important water catchment for a major rivers namely the Great Ruaha and Kilombero. The series of waterfalls along its river and dense tropical forest give the park its Serena experience.

Mountain climbing & hiking,best time to do:

June to October

Activity

Game drives and waterfall hikes.

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