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  • The best mountains in Africa outside of Kilimanjaro

    2013-07-09

    People decide to visit Africa for a variety of reasons. Some may choose to embark on one of the continent's popular safaris and catch a glimpse of the world's most famous creatures, while others may elect to get a history lesson in Egypt. Still, others go for a sense of adventure by climbing one of many peaks that dot the landscape. While most people are familiar with Mount Kilimanjaro - the continent's highest mountain - there are several others that are well-suited for those looking for a challenging hike, according to CNN.

    Mount Toubkal
    Part of the Atlas Mountain Range in Morocco, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa at more than 13,600 feet. The journey to the top is certainly a challenging one, as the mountain features some rugged terrain that may be difficult for novice climbers. Still, making the ascent during the summer months does not require any technical climbing skills, and the view from the top is hard to beat. Additionally, there are some compelling stops along the way, including beautiful gorges and rolling hills.

    Mount Meru
    Although it is smaller than its neighbor Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is still an imposing peak. At nearly 15,000 feet it is the second-tallest mountain in Tanzania behind Kilimanjaro, and although the views from the top are undoubtedly breathtaking, the trip up is perhaps its most appealing aspect. Much of its base is covered in rainforest, offering you the chance to come close to many of the region's most compelling plants and animals.

    "It's lesser known, but Mount Meru is for the true enthusiast who wants to experience what very few people actually do," Sunit Sanghrajka, president of U.S.-based travel group Alluring Africa, told CNN.

    The Drakensberg
    This stunning range is home to the highest mountains in South Africa, but it also offers a wide variety of treks that appeal to both novice and experienced hikers. The lush green landscape contains rivers, waterfalls and nearly 300 different species of birds. Although there are a number of popular trails, the Giant's Castle region is among the most widely visited. This area features the Bushman's River Trail, which is home to some of the best known cave art sites in the entire continent.

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