Altitude: 4630 m.a.m.s.l.
A volcanic rock tower on mount Kilimanjaro
that was formed by the volcanic activity that happened on the mountain many years ago.
It is about 90m tall from the base and also is what is known as a volcanic plug.
At some point in the distant past, lava shot out of a vent at the base of where the tower now stands, cooled, and hardened, thus stopping the venting of lava from beneath.
In the previous years, the tower used to be a point of interest for rock climbers, both novices and experts who would scale it to enjoy what is a 360 degree view of the surroundings and the peaks
However, this practice has since been banned for safety reasons.
At the base of this tower is the Lava tower camp
, which was formed as a resting point for these climbers
The camp is still used as a general resting point for people on the Shira, Lemosho, Northern circuit and Machame
routes, while on their way to the summit.
What to do there
Camping, hiking, picnics, rock climbing, trekking.Best time to visit
Any time not in the colder season of March to June every year