5 November 2019
For many of us, Kilimanjaro has a firm position on our bucket lists, and so it should be. If you're a South African searching for a challenge, here's why you should climb Kilimanjaro.
1. It's quick-sticks
The average round trip from O.R. Tambo International airport and back via the crown of Africa requires only five days of leave. Most trips leave on Saturday mornings and return the following Sunday afternoon.
2. No climbing experience necessary
Being the highest volcano in the world at 5895m above sea level, Kili is an opportunity to get a taste of high altitude, but remains a trekking peak, which means it can be accomplished without the use of ropes and harnesses by almost anyone.
3. Year-round summiting
The mountain sits just a few degrees from the Equator, so there is no definite season for climbing so it can be climbed 365 days a year so consult your tour operator about a date that suits you.
4. Age and physical ability don't matter
The mountain has been climbed by people of all ages, from 10 to 83 years old, and by people with a range of physical challenges. Kilimanjaro has been climbed using a wheelchair and also by a man with no legs. So don’t let that bad knee hold you back. Remember, if it’s important to you, you’ll find a way to make it happen, and if it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.
5. It's close to Zanzibar!
Why not add on a few days in Zanzibar after your trip to wash away your aches and pains with some tropical seawater?