It’s a well-known fact that Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa… but what about Africa’s other large mountains?
There are dozens of mountain ranges in Africa, from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa. Africa also has some of the oldest mountains anywhere – the Barberton Greenstone Belt in South Africa is believed to the oldest mountain range in the world, dating back around 3.6 billion years.
The list below shows the 10 tallest mountains in Africa, along with the country or countries they’re located, and their highest peak name and elevation in meters. Some of the mountains listed have additional peaks that are higher than other mountains, but to keep the list simple we haven’t included these. For example, Mount Kilimanjaro has a second peak, Mawenzi, which at 5,148 meters is the third highest peak in Africa, but we’ve only included Kibo, Mount Kilimanjaro’s highest peak (and, of course, the highest peak in Africa).
Another note about this list of Africa’s highest mountains is that in the Ethiopian Highlands there are a number of peaks (Tullua Dimtu, Ancua, and Kidus Yared) (4453m), where surveyance is not robust, and heights on maps can differ by up to 500 meters. For this reason, we’ve only included the Rash Dashen peak.
So, with these caveats in mind, here is our list of the 10 highest mountains in Africa:
And that’s our take on Africa’s largest mountains. Have you visited any of these stunning peaks? Let us know in the comments section below!
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