Africa is the second largest continent on Earth in terms of both area and population. The continent has a wide range of different climate zones and terrain. The most famous region is the large Sahara Desert, which is the second largest desert on Earth. There are many mountainous regions of the continent and there are many well-known mountain ranges in many African countries. If you have ever wondered which mountain is the highest on the African continent, keep reading to find out.
What mountain is the highest in Africa?
The highest mountain in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro, which is found in Tanzania. The highest peak of the mountain stands an impressive 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level. The mountain is a dormant volcano with three volcanic cones named Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. As far as recorded history goes, the mountain was first successfully climbed by German professor Hans Meyer on October, 5, 1889. He was accompanied by Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller and a local army scout Kinyala Lauwo.
Did you know?
The highest point of the mountain is called Uhuru Peak. This means “Freedom peak” in Swahili and was named after Tanganyika (now Tanzania) gained its independence from Britain in 1961.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the 4th highest of the Seven Summits (highest mountain on each continent).
Kinyala Lauwo, who was the guide for the first successful climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, is believed to be the first person to climb the mountain at an earlier date.