Named for the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro National Park incorporates over 1,688 square kilometers (652 square miles) of lush green periphery around the legendary volcanic mountain. Situated way down south of the equator, the national park is home to several rare and exotic animals and birds. Owing to the highest standing mountain of its kind, that it houses at its heart, the park is one of the most visited places, not only in Kenya, but also the whole of Africa. It is also home to one of the richest biodiversity in the world, this ecosystem includes buffaloes, elephants, leopard, antelope and varied kinds of primates.
A magnificent silhouette against Africa's horizon, the colossal Mount Kilimanjaro lies at the heart of the eponymous national park. It is a sight to behold any time of the year, with its summit reaching a spectacular height of 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), making this Africa's highest peak. It is also the world's tallest freestanding mountain; a towering hulk of rock that rises from the otherwise flat terrain. Mount Kilimanjaro is actually a dormant volcano, with three volcanic cones - Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo - that descend into lush greenery and sprawling grasslands. The base of the mountain is sheathed in dense forests, the native habitat for a number of species including buffaloes, leopards, monkeys and elands. Each year, this towering beauty is known to attract more than 25,000 trekkers, of which only a few are able to scale the daunting slopes to the summit.