5 Reasons To Tour Mount Kilimanjaro
Posted on November 7, 2020
Mount Kilimanjaro, a light that shines on Amboseli National Park
Located in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing -single mountain in the world at 5,895 meters above sea level. Made up of 3 cones; Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira as a result of volcanic activities, Mount Kilimanjaro is an icon to Tanzania and Kenya tourism. Uhuru is the highest peak. When talking if safari in Kenya and Tanzania, Mt Kilimanjaro and Amboseli features in.
Mount Kilimanjaro attracts climbers from all over the world offering any adventurous hiker a stunning scenic “slide show”. However, there are 5 main climbing routes depending with ones’ experience; namely Machame route, Rongai route, Marangu route, Leshomo route and Ubwe route.
Amboseli National Park
Situated just 150KM from Nairobi, Amboseli is 392 Sq. Kms (149 Sq. Miles) of swamps and plains country inside a 3,260sq km reserve all dominated by the snowcapped peak of Kilimanjaro. It is about 3,500 ft above sea level. The combination of scenery, people, and animals are what makes the Amboseli National Park so fascinating.
Beautifully situated at the foot of the towering Mt. Kilimanjaro, it the home of the brightly painted Masai Tribe. Here you can see lions, cheetahs, hyenas as well as Gnus, buffaloes, zebras, and herds of elephants. All these animals come to drink at water holes consisting of small lakes or muddy ponds kept filled up by water from the melting snows of Kilimanjaro. The northern Lake Amboseli contains water only after rain.
Why is mount Kilimanjaro a light that shines on Amboseli?
Just like one cannot talk of wildebeest migration at Masai mara without mentioning Serengeti, same one can’t mention Amboseli without Kilimanjaro coming in the picture. Mout Kilimanjaro is located along the border between Kenya and Tanzania on the Tanzania side while Amboseli national park is located on the slopes on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
In fact, the best view and pictures of Mt. Kilimanjaro are taken from Amboseli. This is the reason why selling Amboseli as a tourist destination is so much focused on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Rivers flowing in Loitoktot which is used for farming and water used in Amboseli, all have their source at Mt. Kilimanjaro thus making it the light that shines on Amboseli. Of late “lake Amboseli” as it’s mostly referred by driver guide is the permanent source of water in the park with various bird species including flamingos.
Lodges and Camps at Amboseli such as Amboseli serena, Amboseli sopa lodge, Kibo safari camp, Oltukai lodge; Strategically located, all the lodges and camps in Amboseli National park in such a way that guests can have a view of the mountain from their balcony, verandas and restaurants.
Game drive is the heart of any safari in Kenya and what it offers, here in Amboseli it’s so nice to see and take pictures with Mount Kilimanjaro on the background. That makes a unique destination and among the most visited destination which is also contributed by proximity to Nairobi airport and Namanga bonder for those extending safari in to Tanzania.
Amboseli forms as a connecting destination to all tourist destinations not only in Kenya but also to Tanzania. In fact most itineraries starts or ends at Amboseli or passes through Amboseli. Such itineraries include:
- 4 days safari starting Nairobi ending in Mombasa
- 7 days starting Nairobi ending in Mombasa
- 7 days starting Masai mara ending at Amboseli
- 10 days Kenya and Tanzania safari among many others.
Next time you think of Amboseli, think of Mount Kilimanjaro as a light that shines on Amboseli making it lively streaming wildlife that attract tourists and locals from far and wide, Masai community making it cultural hub for cultural tours.