About West Kilimanjaro
The land to the north and west of Mount Kilimanjaro is a broad steppe of wild bush, Masai villages and farms, which has been largely overlooked until recently.
But where Amboseli is busy with visitors, West Kilimanjaro is virtually empty. There may not be quite the same game densities on this side of the border just yet, but there is a great deal of glorious space.
Large numbers of animals inhabit the plains of West Kilimanjaro. This vast beautiful area has pockets of farmland, much of which is slowly being given over to wildlife conservation projects where farmers, local Masai people, and wildlife live in harmony.
Commonly seen game, besides the elephant, include large herds of eland, herds of zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, impala, dikdik, warthog, grants and Thompson gazelle, olive and yellow baboon, and blue and vervet Monkeys. Regularly seen at night are genet, lesser and small eared galago, spring hare, bush duiker and bushbuck. Roaming this area are also lesser kudu, gerenuk, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, several species of mongoose, klipspringer, steinbuck and jackal. You may also be lucky enough to spot leopard, cheetah, hyena, African wild cat, civet, bat eared fox, aardvark, porcupine and aardwolf and for birdwatchers, nearly 400 bird species can be found.
West Kilimanjaro Hotels
If you are planning a West Kilimanjaro holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Hatari Lodge West Kilimanjaro
A long cherished wish of Africa enthusiasts came true in September 2004: The former private homes of actor Hardy Krüger and his farm manager, Jim Mallory, are at the centre of an extremely comfortable new lodge.
Kambi ya Tembo Lodge West Kilimanjaro
Kambi ya Tembo, which faces the snow-capped peak of the Kilimanjaro consists of luxury tented accommodation with en suite facilities, each one under the shade of an old massive Acacia Tortilis tree.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
West Kilimanjaro Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to West Kilimanjaro.