There is so much more to Kilimanjaro than her summit. Even before you cross the national park boundary, the cultivated foothills give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, and the endangered Abbot’s Duiker. Higher still lays the moorland zone, studded with giant lobelias. Above 12,000 feet, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy lichen. Finally, the last vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow, which is the beauty of the roof of Africa.