East Africa is the ultimate destination for a thrilling and rewarding outdoor experience. It prides itself for hosting two of Africa's highest peaks; Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m) in Tanzania and Kenya’s Mt. Kenya (5199m).
Together with the Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda, Mt Meru and Mt Elgon, East Africa offers world-class mountain climbing experience.
Mt. Kenya stands in the central Kenyan highlands and is the second highest mountain in Africa. Known as ‘Kirinyaga’, which translates to ‘God’s resting place’ by the locals. Its series of snow-capped peaks irresistibly draws visitors with the promise of a great hiking experience. Sitting majestically on the equator, Mt Kenya is said to have one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa.
The 5,199metres Batian summit is a difficult technical climb but the Nelion (5,188m) and Lenana (4,985m) peaks present a good challenge for any fit trekker. A trek up Mt. Kenya not only offers one of Africa’s finest mountain climbing experiences but is also an ideal preparation for a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb.
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Mt Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak towers the surrounding savannah plains at 5,896m. Everyone’s dream is to be on the summit when the sun rises over the glaciers and the plains of Tanzania below.
The routes up Kilimanjaro offer different degrees of difficulty. Kibo Slopes Safaris have pioneered the revival and promotion of unique routes off the beaten tracks. Ascending the Kilimanjaro summit is non-technical and can be made by any fit person. However, it should not be underestimated as it involves lots of hard work, physical and mental stamina
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At 4,566 meters, Mt Meru is at the center of Arusha National Park and is the second highest mountain of Tanzania. With a spectacular classic volcanic cone and a knife-edged horse-shoe crater, Mt Meru is one of Africa´s most beautiful mountains. From the peak, there are spectacular views of the Momella Lakes below, Mount Kilimanjaro and the beautiful distant plains. The lower slopes are covered in dense highland forest, where Colobus Monkeys play and Buffaloes graze concealed beneath the thick foliage.
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Mt. Elgon is the 4th highest mountain in East Africa. Its highest peak, Waggagai is on Ugandan territory. The mountain with its numerous springs and waterfalls on the Ugandan side is a major reservoir for the Nile.
The elephants, renowned the worlds over for their craving for salt visit the numerous caves on the Kenyan side. Apart from the largest cave, the Kitum cave, there are also spectacular others at Chepnyali and Mackingeny.
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Standing at 5,109m, the Ruwenzori also referred to as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ lies in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. The permanently snow-capped peaks are among the highest range mountains in Africa. The Ruwenzori Mountains offer a stunning view of glaciers and landscapes.
The central circuit is the main trail up the Ruwenzori Mountains. The circuit offers the opportunity to see the peaks and glaciers of Mount Speke, Mount Stanley, Mount Luigi di Savoia and Mount Baker up close.
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