Covering an area of 1,668 sq km (641 sq miles), Kilimanjaro National park is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Although there is some wildlife, the park is not famous for wildlife viewing like other northern circuit parks. The mountain has three main volcanic peaks such as Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira among which Shira is the oldest peak and Kibo is the youngest peak. The majestic mountain is believed to be the mountain of light, greatness, and caravans. The giant stratovolcano stands at a height of 5895m and the glacier peaks touch the clouds. The ecosystem of the mountain is strikingly beautiful. Coffee, banana, cassava, and maize crops are grown on the lower slopes of the mountain. There are seven official routes to reach the peak Marangu Route, Machame Route, Rongai Route, Umbwe Route, Lemoshao Route, Shira Route, and the Northern Circuit Route.
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This is the best period to see a huge number of elephants migrating from the surrounding parks. The wet season (November to May) is prime to watch the migrating birds.