Kilimanjaro for all
Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano in Kilimanjaro National Park is composed of three distinct volcanic cones:
Kibo 5,895 m (19,341 ft); Mawenzi 5,149 m (16,893 ft); and Shira 3,962 m (13,000 ft. It is the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level and was declared as a World Heritage – natural site by the UNESCO in 1987. Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming thousands of years ago, when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. Although it is dormant, Kibo has fumaroles that emit gas in the crater.
The Shira Plateau is one of the most fascinating and scenic areas on Kilimanjaro. The Shira Cone rises about 200 meters above the plateau. Beyond it, to the west, is the Shira Ridge, a steep rise reaching almost 400 meters above plateau level at its trig point. The southern ridge of the Shira Plateau has two dramatic peaks called Cathedral and the Needle. The drive to and from Shira offers magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley, studded with mountains. Among them Mt. Meru and Longido are especially prominent. The Shira zone of parasitic cones extends along to the north of the road, from plain to plateau. The vegetation changes along the track are striking. The plateau is grassland, heath and moor, with especially large senecios (up to 10 meters high) in valleys near the Cone. Elands can often be seen on the plateau, and you may see signs of buffaloes, leopards and other animals.
Exploring the Shira Plateau on foot is a NEW activity we offer getting as close to a Kilimanjaro challenge which fits the stamina of almost everybody. That's why this activity is called: Kilimanjaro for ALL! Enjoy the tremendous landscapes when you walk in a relaxed manner and have a nice lunch picnic on top of Africa!
Kilimanjaro For All
A Hike on the Shira PlateauDownload (PDF)