Want to know more? Then read the PureTravel Tanzania and Kilimanjaro travel guide – then if you’re ready for the challenge, why not find out more about Tanzania and Kilimanjaro tours. There is more information on All you ever wanted to know about Tanzania as well.However there wasn’t a queue of prospective climbers until 1912 when a path was made from Marangu and huts were constructed at Horombo and Mandera by Dr E Forster for the German Kilimanjaro Mountain Club. The Kilimanjaro site established a forest reserve in 1921 which measures 929 sq km / 92,906ha. The site also became a park in 1973, which was opened in 1977 by President Nyerere and measures 756 sq km / 75,353ha. Kili also achieved UNESCO World Heritage status in 1989. Modern day Kili Tackling mighty Kili has become something of an obsession amongst adventure travelers and more recently, celebrities climbing for Comic Relief. Rising to (5,895m/19,340ft) at Uhuru Peak, it is the tallest peak in Africa. Snow-topped Kili can be tackled all year round although rains in April, May and November can hamper your chances of success. Climbers experience a whole raft of terrains during their ascent; managed farmland, tropical rain forests, alpine meadows and finally for those energetic enough to reach the summit, there is a snow and ice tipped plateau. There are now five major trekking routes up Kili, which all offer different views and challenges; Machame, Marangu, Lemosho, Rongai and Umbwe. These routes lead to the south circuit path where the final 1,200m ascent can be tackled. Start from the Kibo hut at 2am and you should be atop the roof of Africa just in time to watch the awesome sunrise. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the highest freestanding peak in the world. So when are you going to tackle the highest walkable mountain in the world?