For the hikers out there, this article is meant for you. There are many mountains in Africa that resulted from volcanic activities hundreds of years ago. If you want to explore the many mountains, you should definitely start with the highest ones. Here are the top 10 highest mountains in Africa
10. Mount Elgon
- Countries: Kenya and Uganda
- Peak: 2458m
It is located on the border of Uganda and Kenya, north of Kisumu and west of Kitale. The highest point of the mountain is located entirely in Uganda and geologists estimate that the mountain is at least 24 million years old.
9. Mount Oku
- Country: Cameroon
- Peak: 3,011m
It is located in the Oku region of the Western High Plateau of Cameroon. It is also the second highest mountain in mainland Central Africa.
8. Jebel Marra
- Country: Sudan
- Peak: 3042m
The Jebel Marra are a range of volcanic peaks in a massif located in the center of the Darfur region of Sudan. Jebel Marra is Sudanse Arabic which means woman mountains; due to the outline of a reclining woman when viewed from the south-east. Interesting.
7. The Drakensberg
- Countries: Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa
- Peak: 3482m
The Drankensberg stretches for over 1000km from the Eastern Cape Province in the South then successfully forms the border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape and the border between Lesotho and KWaZulu-Natal Province. Thereafter it forms the border between KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, and the next as the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Province. Whew! Did you catch all that?
6. Atlas Mountains
- Countries: Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia
- Peak: 4167m
The Atlas Mountains are a mountain range that stretches around 2,500km through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The range’s highest peak is Toukbal with an elevation of 4167m in southwestern Morocco.
5. Simien Mountain
- Country: Ethiopia
- Peak: 4550m
The mountains consist of plateaus separated by valleys and rising to pinnacles. The tallest peak is Ras Dejen (4,550m) and its formation is almost similar to that of South Africa’s Drakensberg.
4. Mount Meru
- Country: Tanzania
- Peak: 4562m
This dormant mountain is located 70km west of Mount Kilimanjaro (more on it later) just north of the city of Arusha. One should however should not confuse the location of the mountain with its name. There is a county and town in Kenya called Meru. Whoever thought of calling this mountain Mount Meru should apologize to the thousands of kids who get the location wrong.
3. Mount Stanley
- Countries: DRC and Uganda
- Peak: 5109m
It is the highest mountain of both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. The peak and other surroundings are high enough to support glaciers.
2. Mount Kenya
- Country: Kenya
- Peak: 5199m
Can you believe that Mount Kenya edges Mount Stanley by 90 metres? That’s a close one. Unlike Mount Meru, the naming of the mountain is actually right as it is actually found in Kenya. What’s interesting is that the country’s name was derived from the mountain’s name.
1. Mount Kilimanjaro
- Country: Tanzania
- Peak: 5895m
It is the highest mountain in Tanzania and Africa. Many tourists come from all over the world just to hike in this mountain. However, it has also been a case study for scientists who have observed a significant reduction of its glaciers which has been associated with global warming.
Which mountain would you want to climb or hike? Let us know in the comments below.