Is Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya or Tanzania?

Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, located on the northern border and it’s near the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. Mount Kilimanjaro is approximately 200 miles south of the Equator. It is is one of the seven summits (the highest peaks on each of the seven continents) and rises at 5,895 meters or 19,340 feet above sea level. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro is famous tourist attraction bringing thousands of participants from all over the world. Kilimanjaro is award winning mountain climbing destination and is among Seven Summits.

Tourists usually climb Mount Kilimanjaro from Tanzania, permits to enter Kilimanjaro National Park are provided in Tanzania by Government authority Conservation called KINAPA.

Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania close to a small town called Moshi.

Kenyans, for years, have done a great job at advertising Mount Kilimanjaro as their own due to the fact that Tanzania is a neighbor and that it can be seen on their

Kilimanjaro location on a map side but the fact is that the whole mountain is on the Tanzanian side and all the climbing permits are through Tanzania government.

Don’t be fooled anymore if you thought that Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Kenya. You can also go on Google maps and search for ” Mount Kilimanjaro” and you will see the location.

Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen from either Kenya or Tanzania but can only be accessed/climbed from the Tanzanian side.


Mount Kilimanjaro Location on google maps


Below I have a quick summary of the 7 Mount Kilimanjaro Routes.

Marangu Route: Hut accommodation is only available on this Kilimanjaro route.

Machame Route: The most popular Kilimanjaro route.

Rongai Route: The easiest Kilimanjaro route. This route ascends Mount Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya

Lemosho Route: The most beautiful Kilimanjaro route.

Northern Circuit Route: The newest and longest Kilimanjaro route.

Umbwe Route: The shortest, steepest and hardest Kilimanjaro route.

Shira Route: Approaches from the Western side of Kilimanjaro.

When planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, you are required to get yourself acclimatized for a few days. Visit Arusha or Moshi  a town at the foot of the mountain to relax and get yourself acclimatized.

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