Zebra Rocks

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    Altitude:4010 m.a.m.s.l.

    The Zebra rocks are a collection of rocks on mt. Kilimanjaro with a striped pattern that resembles that of a Zebra. Predominantly a lava cliff, the rocks were formed when unusually mineral rich rain water flowed down on the rocks, turning them partially white or black in some places.

    The rocks are currently used as a tourist attraction and also as a destination for an acclimatization hike. Usually, climbers on the 6 day Marangu route are given the option of hiking to the rocks on day 3 so as to acclimatize themselves to the high altitude before coming back down to Horombo huts campsite. Where as those on a 5 day variation of the route continue on to Horombo huts on day 3.

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    Location of Zebra Rocks

    Zebra rocks are situated about a 30 minutes walk from Horombo huts when heading to Mawenzi campsite, a rarely used campsite at the eastern base of Mawenzi. This is on a separate route that runs alongside the Horombo - Horombo huts route for part of the way. Like Horombo huts, Zebra rocks is also close tot the border between the moorland and alpine desert regions of the mountain, an area that does receive some rainfall and has a few small animals such as birds and rodents.

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