Trekking In Africa Continent

Trekking In Africa Continent

 

 

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa Continent

 

 

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent.  

There are many high mountains in Africa Continent more than 75 highest mountains with a prominence of at least 500 m. Some regions are still poorly described and the list is likely to be both incomplete and not completely accurate. This is especially true for the Ethiopian Highlands, where heights on maps and in the literature differ between each other by up to 500 m. 

The highest African mountain is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and which has three peaks, named Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, of which Kibo is the highest. Kilimanjaro is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world and attracts thousands of trekkers each year, hoping to reach its summit, an impressive 5895m above sea level. You may or may not know, that although you are climbing Kilimanjaro the mountain within the National Park, there are actually three volcanoes that form Kilimanjaro and they are Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. Uhuru Peak on the volcano of Kibo is the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa.

 

 

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 

 

 

Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 metres (17,057 ft)), Nelion (5,188 metres (17,021 ft)) and Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355 ft)). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, the heart of Kenya, about 16.5 kilometres (10.3 mi) south of the equator, around 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. The scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is breath-taking. It is pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation.

 

 

Mount Kenya, Kenya

 

 

Mount Meru is a sacred mountain with five peaks in Hindu, Jain and Buddhist cosmology and is considered to be the center of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. Many famous Hindu and similar Jain as well as Buddhist temples have been built as symbolic representations of this mountain. 

Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.

Because Mount Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridge line. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit as the sun is rising and they will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of the Mt. Meru Crater.

 

 

 

Mount Ras Deshen

 

Known as the ‘Roof of Africa’, Ethiopia is a land of surprises, with a wealth of superb trekking, a rich cultural heritage and some of the finest mountain scenery in Africa. Arguably the most impressive area is the Simien Mountains in the north of the country which has many summits over 4000 metres, including Ras Deshen (4620m / 15,157ft), the fourth highest mountain in Africa. The mountain is also called  as “head guard” and is the  tenth highest mountain of Africa.  Simien Mountains National Park is located in the Gondar, Amhara Region.  

They are a World Heritage Site and  the mountains consist of plateaus separated by valleys and rising to pinnacles. The tallest peak is Ras Dashen; other notable heights include Mounts Biuat and Kidis Yared. Because of their geological origins the mountains are almost unique, with only South Africa’s Drakensberg having been formed in the same manner and thus appearing similar. Notable animals in the mountains include the walia ibex, gelada, and caracal. There are a few Ethiopian wolves.

 

 

Mount Ras Dejen, Ethiopia

 

 

Mount Thoubkal, Morocco

 

Mount Toubkal is a mountain peak in southwestern Morocco, located in the Toubkal National Park. At 4,167 meter (13,671 ft), it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Anti Atlas, North Africa and the Arab World. It is an ultra prominent peak located 63 km south of the city of Marrakesh, and is a popular destination for climbers.

 

 

Mount Toubkal

 

 

Mount Stanley, Uganda

 

 

Mount Stanley is a mountain located in the Rwenzori range. With an elevation of 5,109 meter (16,763 ft), it is the highest mountain of both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, and the third highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) and Mount Kenya (5,199 m). The peak and several other surrounding peaks are high enough to support glaciers. It is part of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Mt. Stanley consists of two twin summits and several lower peaks.