Top 5 Mountains to Climb in Africa

Some of the most spectacular mountains in the world can be found in the beautiful continent of Africa. To view the beauty of Africa from the top, climbing to the peak of mountains is the most rewarding way of doing so. This post aims at distinguishing and bringing to your knowledge the top 5 mountains to climb in Africa.

5. Ethiopian Highlands

Surface Falling – 4,900 ft
Summit Height – 14,930 ft

Ethiopian Highlands is a mass of the rugged mass of mountains of Ethiopia, situated in Northeast Africa, popularly known as the horn of Africa. The highland is home to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Gonder, Aksum, Simien, and Lalibela.

4. Mt. Meru

Summit Height – 14,968 ft

The second highest mountain in Tanzania, also known as the little brother to Mt. Kilimanjaro. Surrounded by the Arusha National Park, Mt. Meru is an active volcano and it takes about 6 days to reach the peak of the summit. The peak of the mountain, Mount Meru, stands above the surrounding cloud base, seen across the farmed agricultural plains of Arusha, Tanzania, Africa

3. Mt. Stanley

Summit Height – 16,763 ft

Known as the Mountain of the Moon, and named after journalist and explorer, Sir Henry Morton Stanley. It is the highest mountain in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A good level of fitness is important as many parts of the mountain area are close to vertical and coupled with the high altitude, this can take a toll on your physical ability.

2. Mt. Kenya

Summit Height – Batian (17,057 ft), Point Lenana(16,355 ft), and Nelion (17,021 ft).

An extinct volcano, and the highest mountain in Kenya. Mount Kenya is a stratovolcano created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African Rift. Mount Kenya, is part of the Mount Kenya National Park and contains an amazing array of wildlife, forests, and vegetation and it is an African World Heritage Site.

1. Mt. Kilimanjaro

Summit Height – 19,341 ft

Out of the top 5 mountains to climb in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest. Located in Tanzania, it is the highest single free-standing mountain in the world and part of the Kilimanjaro National Park. Mt Kilimanjaro’s peak can be reached via any of the following routes – Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Lemosho, Rongai, and Shira.

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Ibukunoluwa Salau is the Co-Founder of Afriktrip and Editor-in-chief of The Tour Guide Africa Series.

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