Top 10 highest mountains in Africa

You may already know that Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent, but what about the other nine?

Africa is home to hundreds of mountain ranges that are well worth a visit. Today, however, we fill you in on the ten highest mountains in Africa.

Fancy visiting Africa’s Atlas Mountains or Ethiopia’s Highlands? Or maybe you’d rather check out the Rwenzoris in west Uganda or the Eastern Rift mountains in the African Great Lakes.

Wherever you choose to discover, the continent of Africa is home to some seriously impressive peaks.

10. Mount Karisimbi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda – 4,507 m (14,786 ft)

Mount Karisimbi borders the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
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Number ten on the list of highest mountains in Africa is Mount Karisimbi.

This 4,507 m (14,786 ft) peak runs along the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Located in the volcanic Virunga Mountains in Volcanoes National Park, this mountain is distinctive for its resident mountain gorillas who call the Alpine forest here their home.

9. Mount Simien, Ethiopia – 4,533 m (14,872 ft)

Mount Simien is one of the highest mountains in Africa.
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Mount Ras Dejen is the highest point of the Simiens Mountains in the Ethiopian Highlands.

With an elevation of 4,533 m (14,872 ft), Mount Ras Dejen can be recognised by its sheer rock cliffs, jagged peaks, and deep valleys. Boasting vibrant biodiversity, parts of the region here are listed as African World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

8. Mount Meru, Tanzania – 4,566 m (14,980 ft)

Mount Meru in Tanzania is often overshadowed by Kilimanjaro.
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Socialist Peak is the highest point in Tanzania’s Meru Mountain Range at an incredible 4,566 m (14,980 ft) in height.

Popular with mountain climbers, this fantastic peak is not to be overshadowed by its more famous neighbour Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is also a volcano, and its last eruption occurred over 8,000 years ago.

7. Mount Gessi, Uganda – 4,715 m (15,469 ft)

Mount Gessi is one of the highest mountains in Africa.
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Located in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountain Range, Mount Gessi stands at an impressive 4,715 m (15,469 ft). A diverse landscape of lush ecosystems and volcanic rock, this mountain is like something from another world.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park runs along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and it is home to five of Africa’s ten highest peaks.

6. Mount Emin, Democratic Republic of Congo – 4,798 m (15,741 ft)

Mount Emin is truly inspiring.
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The sister mountain of Mount Gessi, Mount Emin, is the sixth highest peak on the continent.

Standing at 4,798 m (15,741 ft) in height, Mount Emin is situated on the Democratic Republic of Congo side of the Rwenzori Mountain Range.

5. Mount Baker, Uganda – 4,844 m (15,892 ft)

Mount Baker is one of the highest mountains in Africa.
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Halfway through our list of the highest mountains in Africa is Mount Baker. Also located in the Rwenzori Mountain Range, alongside Mount Emin and Mount Gessi, Mount Baker stands at 4,844 m (15,892 ft) in height.

Home to various ecosystems that live beneath the mountain’s Alpine forest, Mount Baker has a phenomenal array of diverse flora and wildlife.

4. Mount Speke, Uganda – 4,890 m (16,043 ft)

Mount Speke in Uganda is a must-visit.
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Yet another feature from Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountain Range is Mount Speke, the fourth highest mountain on the African continent.

Standing at 4,890 m (16,043 ft) in height, Mount Speke’s summit consists of four peaks: Vittorio Emanuele, Ensonga, Johnston, and Trident.

3. Mount Stanley, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo – 5,119 m (16,794 ft)

Mount Stanley is one of the highest mountains in Africa.
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The final inclusion from the Rwenzori Mountain Range is Mount Stanley.

With two twin peaks, Margherita and Alexandra, this mountain is very unique, with an array of glacial lakes and glaciers near its summit. Enclosing the Bujuku Valley below alongside Mount Speke and Mount Baker, this is a truly incredible peak.

2. Mount Kenya, Kenya – 5,196 m (17,047 ft)

Mount Kenya is beautiful.
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In second place in our list of Africa’s highest peaks is Mount Kenya, at an immense 5,196 m (17,047 ft) in height. This extinct volcano has two main peaks, Batian and Nelion, which are often snowcapped.

Due to its unique features, Mount Kenya serves a significant role in the nearby ecosystem and supplies water to almost seven million people across Kenya.

Thanks to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, various conservation efforts are taking place to protect its vital flora and fauna.

1. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – 5,895 m (19341 ft)

Mount Kilimanjaro tops our list of highest mountains in Africa.
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Topping our list of the highest mountains in Africa, as you may have already guessed, is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Africa’s highest mountain stands at 5,895 m (19341 ft) in height and is popular with hiking enthusiasts from all over the world.

This iconic mountain rises high above the plains and grasslands of northern Tanzania and is an incredible sight to behold.

Siân McQuillan
Siân McQuillan is a writer and travel lover from County Down, Northern Ireland. While she enjoys travelling to other countries and exploring new places, she loves nothing more than discovering all the wonders her home country of Ireland has to offer. When not writing about her travel experiences, Siân can be found exploring the great outdoors and will more than likely be somewhere near the Mourne Mountains or the Causeway Coast.

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