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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Kilimanjaro. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is Kilimanjaro so important!

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Top 10 Kilimanjaro facts that will blow your mind.

  1. The song 'Africa' by Toto is actually about a boy "trying to write a song on Africa, but since he's never been there, he can only tell what he's seen on TV or remembers in the past". This explains the apparently inaccurate line about Kilimanjaro rising above the Serengeti.

  2. Studies in 'ice cores' found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the mountain which supplies the Nile with its water - have revealed that a drought did take place around 3600 years ago - around the time the Bible sets Joseph's story in Egypt

  3. Brad Pitt's younger brother, Douglas Pitt, is the first American to have scaled Mount Kilimanjaro and descended on a mountain bike.

  4. Pizza Hut delivered a pizza to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, gaining a Guinness World Record for highest altitude Pizza

  5. Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, once wore a rhino costume while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a charity to save endangered rhinos.

  6. There is a remaining glacier within Africa; the remnant of an ice cap on Kilimanjaro

  7. The last major eruption on Kilimanjaro occurred approximately 360,000 years ago.

  8. A Frenchman named Valtee Daniel is the oldest person to ever reach Kilimanjaro's summit, at the age of 87.

  9. In 1967 Canadian Club launched their "Hide A Case" ad campaign. Cases of CC were hidden in exotic locations such as Mount Kilimanjaro, Angel Falls, Mount St. Helens, and the Swiss Alps. A small number of cases, such as one hidden above the Arctic Circle have never been found

  10. Hans Meyer named Kibo's highest summit Kaiser-Wilhelm-Spitze, but when Tanzania was formed in 1964 Kibo's summit was renamed Uhuru.

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The species that do thrive on Kilimanjaro include blue monkeys, olive baboons, bus pigs, leopards, mongoose, honey badgers, aardvarks, bushbabies, tree hydraxes, and civets.

There is an effort to plant trees at the base of Kilimanjaro to help decrease erosion and to protect water sources, initiated in 2008 by Tanzania's National Resources and Tourism minister.

To stay seated on the Kilimanjaro Safari Ride at Disney World; because if you fall in the crocodile pit, employees are told to drive away quickly in order to not upset the other guests

Kilimanjaro covers an area 100km long by 65 km wide.

Wim "Iceman" Hof climbed most of Mt. Everest, Kilimanjaro, completed a full marathon above the arctic circle in Finland, dressed in nothing but shorts.

Kilimanjaro does not have a bamboo zone, which is common to most of the tall mountains in East Africa. This means it does not have a good food supply for the animals common to the region.

The most recent volcanic activity on Kilimanjaro occurred about 200 years ago.

An Irish teacher climbed a 2,365 ft mountain and walked the equivalent of nine marathons with a Washing Machine on his back, and plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with the Washing Machine to raise funds for Mental Health Services.

Kilimanjaro's wettest season is from March to May. From April to October it is usually dry with little rain except on the lowest slopes.

Europeans began climbing Kilimanjaro in the 1800s, but nobody reached the summit until October 6th, 1889. Hans Meyer, a German geology professor, and the Austrian Ludwig Purtscheller, along with a scout Yoanas Kinyala Lauwo arrived at the summit that day and confirmed that Kibo's crater exists. This was Hans Meyer's third attempt.

There is a book in a wooden box at the top of Kilimanjaro at Kibo. Most of the climbers who reach Kibo's summit - Uhuru Peak - record their thoughts in this book.

The park is considered to be one of the most popular parks in Kenya due to its views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the huge elephant herds that live in its boundaries.

A man who lost his legs at the age of five from a genetic disorder climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair while raising funds for charity

A man with no legs named Spencer West climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro on his hands

The cone Kibo is Kilimanjaro's summit. The cone Mawenzi is at 16,893 feet, and the cone Shira is at 13,000 feet.

Visitors to Amboseli National Park can enjoy amazing views of the world's highest free-standing mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro, which is located in the distance.

Douglas Pitt, Brad Pitt’s younger brother, was the first American to climb and descend Mount Kilimanjaro on a mountain bike.

Wim Hof climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Everest (22,000 feet) wearing shorts. He also ran a full marathon above the Arctic Circle wearing nothing but shorts.

The highest summit on Kibo is Uhuru Peak.

There are several climbing routes on Kilimanjaro to reach its summit including Mweka Route, Lemosho Route, Rongai Route, Machame Route, and Marangu Route.

Since 1912 the snow caps on Mount Kilimanjaro have diminished by more than 80%. It is estimated that within 20 years the snow caps will have completely melted.

a man with no legs climbed to the summit of Kilimanjaro on his hands

A South African man named Bernard Goosen who was born with cerebral palsy has scaled Kilimanjaro twice in his wheelchair.

The highest flying bug ever recorded was a single termite found at 19,000 feet, or roughly the height of Mount Kilimanjaro

Karl Egloff scaled the 22,837-foot Aconcagua mountain in record time by making the entire 50-mile endeavor in 11 hours, 52 minutes, and Kilimanjaro’s Kibo rim (19,340 feet) in just 6 hours, 42 minutes.