East Africa is perhaps best known for Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the continent, plus of course the astounding national parks which have become iconic locations to see the great African wildlife. Tanzania is truly blessed with such a rich variety of places and wonders to see and visit. .
Mount Kilimanjaro is located on the border of Tanzania and Kenya approximately 3 degrees south of the equator. The mountain can be clearly viewed when you are in the town of Moshi, the nearest town of Arusha.
Situated in the Northern region of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro can be seen as far away as Amboseli and Tsavo parks in neighbouring Kenya. The exact co ordinates of the mountain are 3, 04 degrees south and 37, 21 degrees east. In its entirety, Mount Kilimanjaro is approximately 24 miles wide and consists of three craters: Mawenzi, Shira and the highest which is Kibo.
At 3962 meters, Shira is the oldest and smallest of the three peaks. It was also the first of the three volcanic plugs to become extinct. Kibo is actually regarded as dormant; the topmost crater is 5895 metres high (19,340 ft) and 1.5 miles wide. Its peak, also known as Uhuru Peak, is officially the highest point in Africa and the ultimate destination of all summiteers on the mountain.