Group of elephants standing on the dry plains of West Kilimanjaro

West Kilimanjaro Tours and Travels

About West Kilimanjaro

The land to the north and west of Mount Kilimanjaro is a broad steppe of wild bush, Maasai villages and farms, which has been largely overlooked until recently. Where Amboseli is busy with visitors, West Kilimanjaro is virtually empty, allowing visitors to absorb their surroundings without the noise and chaos of hordes of other travellers. 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 and some incredible scenery to feast your eyes on.

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West Kilimanjaro is positioned in such a way that it acts as a sort of corridor for wildlife. The most frequent visitors to this region are the elephants of Amboseli Park in Kenya who walk down through this area until they reach Mount Kilimanjaro and the Arusha National Park. Other creatures that can often be spotted around here are giraffes, impalas, warthogs and zebras. There are also a multitude of different species of birds including ostriches and eagles. Needless to say, this region is a dream come true for birdwatching enthusiasts.

There are numerous conservation efforts taking place in West Kilimanjaro. One particular focus is to protect the big cats of the area and, thanks to these efforts, cheetahs, lions and leopards can all be seen much more regularly. The Born Free project also operates in this area and focuses on eliminating illegal poaching and trophy hunting. Since their work started in 2000, the giraffe and elephant population in the region has dramatically increased and unlawful killing of these animals has been almost entirely wiped out.

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

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Camp

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, became the centre of a luxurious new lodge. Located at the edge of Arusha National Park, close to the setting of the movie "HATARI!" and overlooking the world famous Mount Kilimanjaro and its neighbouring dormant volcano, Mount Meru, this lodge provides guests with comfort, elegance and a true taste of Africa.

Kambi ya Tembo Lodge West Kilimanjaro

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Kambi ya Tembo, which faces the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro consists of luxury tented accommodation with en suite facilities, each one under the shade of an old massive Acacia Tortilis tree. Guests are welcomed with a drink on arrival and can continue their gastronomic journey in the onsite restaurant. Kambi Ya Tembo Luxury Tented Camp is located at Sinya, a private concession of more than 75,000 acres, bordering Kenya at Amboseli National Park.

Ndarakwai West Kilimanjaro

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Ndarakwai Camp is a permanent tented lodge with spacious, rustic tents with thatched roofs, en suite bathrooms equipped with safari-style showers and a large separate dining area. The camp places a huge emphasis on sustainability and has successfully made itself almost carbon neutral. They also pay close attention to the issues of poaching and employment within the local communities. Ndarakwai Camp is on Ndarakwai Ranch, nestled in a lush forest that lines the seasonal Ngare Nairobi River (North).

Shumata Camp West Kilimanjaro

Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Each tent has its own veranda with breathtaking views of miles and miles on end of beautiful African laandscape, overlooking the private Amboseli plains, the seven sisters and Kilimanjaro. The rooms are tastefully decorated in true safari style and furnished with traditional beds, cushions and a hanging closet, reminiscent of the 1920s explorer look. The camp is located at the foot of Kilimanjaro, deep in the traditional Maasai land, in an area known as Private Amboseli.

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.

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