Lonely Planet Writer

The discovery of Africa’s tallest tree may bring increased tourism to Mount Kilimanjaro

Africa‘s tallest tree has been discovered in the Kilimanjaro region, and the government hopes that it will attract more visitors to Mount Kilimanjaro and surrounding areas. The giant indigenous tree – entandrophragma excelsum – is 81.5 metres tall. It was discovered last year by Dr Andreas Hemp and Dr Claudia Hemp from the University of Bayreuth in Germany.

Africa's tallest tree has been found in Tanzania. Image: Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Africa’s tallest tree has been found in Tanzania. Image: Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

Its age is estimated at between 500 and 600 years and it was only recently that the tools were availed to measure its exact height. It is the sixth-tallest tree in the world and is likely to keep growing. The tallest tree in the world measures 115.7 metres and located in California.

Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro. Image by Kyle Taylor / CC BY 2.0

Mount Kilimanjaro was declared one of the seven wonders of Africa in 2013, and this new discovery is likely to increase local and international tourists to the area.

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