Looming majestically over the East African savannah, and providing what is arguably one of the most spectacular sunrise viewpoints in Africa, is the icy summit of Kilimanjaro. Set at the uppermost reach of the Kibo crater rim, Uhuru Peak is not just the top of the mountain – it is the top of the entire African continent.
It is the highest freestanding mountain in the world – lies 3 degrees below the equator, is contained entirely within Tanzania, and is one of Africa’s youngest volcanoes. At 5 895m it is Africa’s highest mountain. Any reasonably fit person can reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, and there are several routes available. You will need a minimum of five days for the hike (but preferably six or more days), and you ascend from the steaming tropical rain forests, through heathland to alpine desert, finally reaching the permanent glaciers and the summit, Uhuru Peak.