Mama Africa is known for her diverse landscape, beautiful people, culture, wildlife, and mountains – yes mountains. Adventurers and climbers from around the world have set their sights on scaling the tallest peaks on the continent. While the Asian continent has the largest mountain peaks in the world, the African mountain ranges offer a unique opportunity for those that want a truly unique experience. Let us review the five tallest mountains in Africa.
What are the 5 tallest mountains?
- Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – 5,895 meters (19,341 feet)
Mount Kilimanjaro – which means white mountain in Swahili -is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It is part of a volcanic mountain range located in Tanzania and it attracts thousands of climbers every year. While it’s considered a non-technical climb, the altitude can pose a challenge. Climbers need to take proper precautions to prevent altitude sickness and acclimate to the high altitude.
- Mount Kenya, Kenya – 5,199 meters (17,057 feet)
Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa and the highest peak in Kenya. It’s located in the central region of the country and is a popular climbing destination. Climbing Mount Kenya requires a good level of fitness and some technical climbing skills. The mountain has three main peaks, and the highest peak, Batian, is a challenging climb.
- Mount Stanley, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo – 5,109 meters (16,763 feet)
Mount Stanley is the third tallest mountain in Africa and is located on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s part of the Rwenzori mountain range and is known for its stunning scenery. Climbing Mount Stanley requires a high level of fitness and some technical climbing skills. The trek to the summit is a multi-day expedition that takes climbers through dense forests and steep terrain.
- Mount Speke, Uganda – 4,890 meters (16,043 feet)
Speke consists of four peaks and has a vibrant and thriving ecosystem. Climbing the peaks is treacherous since they contain sharp edges so only advanced climbers should attempt to make the climb. Torrential weather also makes it a challenge – so those that do make it to the top are a rare breed.
- Mount Baker, Uganda 15,892 feet (4,844 meters)
Mount Baker – also known as Kiyanja by the locals, is another Ugandan peak, in the Rwenzori range which contains three of the five tallest mountains in Africa. There is plenty of snow and ice which makes this climb a challenge, but it is still a popular attraction because of the stunning views and landscape. The climb takes about 7 days to complete.
Are you ready to climb?
Africa has a variety of iconic mountains. Kilimanjaro is known worldwide and is a popular destination, but there are so many more ranges and peaks that offer an outstanding opportunity for climbing enthusiasts. Whether you are an experienced climber or a beginner, the mountains in Africa have you covered – come and see for yourself.