Geographical feature

Shira Plateau

Expansive and ancient volcanic plateau on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tanzania
Location
Dry season
Best Time to Visit
3,900 m
Altitude

About Shira Plateau

The Shira Plateau is one of the most striking features of Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa. Formed by the collapse of the Shira volcano, one of Kilimanjaro's three volcanic cones, the plateau offers trekkers a unique high-altitude hiking experience across one of the oldest parts of the mountain. Situated at an ...

When to go

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Seasons

June - October
Best time to go
Offers the best conditions for hiking and enjoying expansive views across the plateau.
March - May
Low Season
The wet season, with rain and clouds potentially obscuring views but enhancing the plateau's beauty.
November - February
Shoulder Season
Short rains bring milder weather and fewer trekkers, offering a more solitary experience.
June - October
December - February
High Season
Dry and clear, ideal for trekking with excellent visibility.

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Trekking to the Shira Plateau is considered safe with experienced guides. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, and malaria prophylaxis are recommended for travelers to Tanzania, along with measures to prevent altitude sickness.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
The plateau is part of the Kilimanjaro trekking experience, with access typically involving a multi-day hike from Kilimanjaro's base.
Getting Around
Exploration of the Shira Plateau is primarily on foot, allowing trekkers to fully immerse in the natural beauty and serenity of the high-altitude environment.
Visas
Visitors to Tanzania, including those embarking on a climb to Kilimanjaro, require a visa, obtainable on arrival or through the online eVisa system.
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