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Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 metres (19,336 feet) is the highest mountain in Africa - known literally as the "roof of Africa". Magnificent and imposing, Kilimanjaro is also the highest free standing mountain in the world, as it stands virtually in isolation. One of the major tourist attractions in
Africa - some want to see this famous mountain while others want to climb it's snow capped, table shaped peak, known as the Uhuru peak.

Kilimanjaro is also known for the wildlife surrounding it's vast base and apart from the Mount Kilimanjaro national park in Tanzania, there is also
the Amboseli national park in Kenya which is close to the mountain. The peak has also become a symbol of the effects of climate change, as global warming gradually causes the snow atop the mountain to melt.

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More on Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates. And their memories.
But there is so much more to "Kili" than her summit.

The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates.
Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias. Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.
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