Go Ice Climbing on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Ice climbing is not a sport often associated with Africa, but you’ll find a few avid alpinists just above the cloud line on the continent’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbers must first ascend the mountain on a five- to ten-day hike before tacking the ice with their own gear. To call it a once in a lifetime opportunity would not be an exaggeration. Roughly 85 percent of the glacial ice atop Mount Kilimanjaro disappeared between 1912 and 2011, and scientists believe the remainder could be gone entirely by 2020.
How to get here: Organize a tour with a guide and porter ahead of time. Most will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and lead you up the mountain to the ice.