7 Incredible Facts About the Mount Kilimanjaro

Highest Free-Standing Mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain at 19,341 feet, also the world's highest free-standing mountain.

Volcanic Features: Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano with three cones the latter being potentially dormant, last erupting 360,000 years ago.

Seven Summits Inclusion: Part of the seven summits, representing Africa, alongside other continent's highest peaks like Everest, McKinley, Aconcagua, Vinson, Kosciuszko, and Elbrus.

Glaciers and Climate Zones: Kilimanjaro boasts ancient glaciers, around 11,700 years old, yet facing melting due to climate change. The climb involves five distinct climate zones, from rainforest to arctic tundra.

Climbing Records: Swiss runner Karl Egloff holds the record for the fastest ascent, 4 hours and 56 minutes. Kilimanjaro attracts 30,000 climbers annually, with a 2/3 success rate.

Rich Biodiversity: Limited wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, and leopards. Vegetation ranges from maize to sunflowers, contributing to the unique ecological zones.

Historical Significance: Inhabited by the Chagga tribe for centuries, first explored by Europeans in 1848, and recognized as a geological heritage site by the International Union of Geological Sciences.