Some of these are among the most popular hiking and climbing destinations in the world. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and also the highest free standing mountain in the world, is a magnet for thousands of climbers from all around the world. Various climbing routes wind up Kilimanjaro offering an overwhelming experience to the intrepid climbers who scale the dramatic peak. Mount Meru offers a somewhat less challenging but equally breathtaking climb through the wildlife rich forests of the mountain’s upper reaches. Climbers pass through changing vegetation zones including lush tropical mountain forest, stark alpine moorland, and, on Kilimanjaro arctic desert where snow and ice prevail. Most routes require no special knowledge or training.
These are however steep climbing routes that require good fitness and health. Technical climbing routes exist on Kilimanjaro and other massifs in the area and can be arranged for interested parties.