An almost perfectly shaped volcano rising sheer from Tanzania’s far north-east plains, Mt Kilimanjaro is one of Africa’s most magnificent sights. Snowcapped and not yet extinct, at 5895m (19,335ft) it’s the highest peak on the continent. From cultivated farmlands on the lower levels, the mountain rises through lush rainforest to alpine meadow and finally across a barren lunar landscape to the twin summits. The rainforest is home to animals including elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and monkey. You may also stumble across herds of eland on the saddle between the summits of Mawenzi and Kibo. It’s a travellers’s dream to scale the summit, watch dawn break and gaze out over a truly great expanse of bushland – but scaling a 5895m monolith is no Sunday school picnic. There is a wide range of organized treks along the Marangu trail. For the main trekking route, there are heaps of minibuses every day between Moshi (on the main highway) and the starting point of Marangu.