Kilimanjaro is the highest point in continental Africa. It’s one of the biggest goals for people who love climbing mountains, traveling and simply enjoying beautiful places. There’s no doubt that Kilimanjaro and its beauty will fascinate even those who don’t like going out and connecting with nature all that much. If you haven’t visited this mountain yet, you should definitely consider doing it.
Here are some things that you need to know about Kilimanjaro and the amazing experience it offers to all of its visitors.
Besides the climbing which is somewhat of a challenge itself, the various vegetation is a really sweet “reward” that you get to enjoy during and upon climbing. At the bottom of the mountain, there are farms that are specialized in banana trees and other sorts of food crops growing in the fertile volcanic soils.
After you go a bit further, you enter a beautiful forest that surrounds the entire Kilimanjaro Mountain. The forest has a few rivers running, palms and Macaranga Trees as well. You get the most beautiful feeling of wilderness and intact nature while walking through it. It simply fills your soul and refreshes your energy. You basically forget that you’re climbing Kilimanjaro thanks to the beauty of your surroundings. You can see tons of orchids and violets growing around you as you’re progressing through the forest area.
The next beautiful area is a bit higher up, and it’s the heath and moorland zone. This area is characterized by giant heather (Erica Arborea) that sometimes grow up to thirty feet tall. This moorland area has a really beautiful aroma that consists of a charming mix of fragrances from tons of different, exotic plants. It simply leaves you mesmerized. We don’t want to spoil the experience any further so we’re just going to fast forward a few days later and leave the rest up to you to discover. About four or five days later, you will finally reach the summit. The feeling is impossible to describe with words. Some of you will cry, others will just stare down at where you started climbing and wonder how you even managed to get here. Standing on the summit will wake up nature loving and healing energies inside your body that you never knew existed.
Climbing mountains and connecting with nature is scientifically proven to be one of the best cures for anxiety, depression and any kind of negative energy that you might have stored in you. Modern living is way too stressful and sometimes we need to remember that people were made to be one with nature. We’re living in a world that is way too artificialized and we tend to forget that true beauty lies in nature and its wonders, not in brand new smartphones and cars. There’s no doubt that climbing the Kilimanjaro Mountain will be one of the best experiences of your life that you will never forget and tell so many stories of. Like we mentioned earlier, do not hesitate and book yourself a hike. Even if you’re someone that has never done this before, the experience will totally make you change your mind and the way you feel about mountains and hiking. Kilimanjaro will simply leave you speechless.