20 Highest Mountains in Africa

Africa is a continent with a dry and green region with various climates. Many of the tallest mountains may be found in Uganda, Congo, and Ethiopia. The Ruwenzori Range, located between the Congo and Uganda, is home to many of the world’s tallest mountains, which are only a few kilometers apart and form a triangle. Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, is Africa’s highest mountain or point, rising 5,895 meters above sea level.

20. Jbel Toubkal

Elevation / Prominence: 4167 / 3755 meters

Location: Toubkal Atlas, Morocco

19. Bada

Elevation / Prominence: 4195 / 1605 meters

Location: Arsi Mountains, Ethiopia

18. Mount Abune Yosef

Elevation / Prominence: 4260 / 1909 meters

Location: Lasta Massif, Ethiopia

17. Amba Farit

Elevation / Prominence: 4270 / 2061 meters

Location: Kollo Massif, Ethiopia

16. Mount Elgon

Elevation / Prominence: 4321 / 2458 meters

Location: Mount Elgon, Uganda

15. Tullu Demtu

Elevation / Prominence: 4377 / 2527 meters

Location: Bale Mountains range, Ethiopia

14. Portal Peaks

Elevation / Prominence: 4391 / 565 meters

Location: Ruwenzori range, Uganda

13. Bwahit

Elevation / Prominence: 4437 / 810 meters

Location: Semien Mountains range, Ethiopia

12. Mikeno

Elevation / Prominence: 4437 / 1190 meters

Location: Semien Mountains range, Ethiopia

11. Kidis Yared

Elevation / Prominence: 4453 / 730 meters

Location: Semien Mountains range, Ethiopia

10. Karisimbi

Karisimbi is the highest mountain of Rwanda and shared one of its parts with DR Congo, which is ascent in 1904 by Berthelmy. This Mountain created by the volcano and still with Dormant Volcanic status and scramble in difficulty.

Elevation / Prominence: 4507 / 3312 meters

Location: Virunga Mountains range, DR Congo and


9. Ras Dashen

Ras Dashen is the highest mountain in Ethiopia, with extinct volcanic status, is located in the Semien Mountains range, Ethiopia. It was first reached by 1841.

Elevation / Prominence: 4,550 / 3,997 meters

Location: Semien Mountains range, Ethiopia


8. Mount Meru

Mount Meru is created by a volcanic eruption located just 44 km from Kilimanjaro, the surrounding of the mountain is home to a large population of animals, the summit is rocky and the bottom surrounded by green forest.

Elevation / Prominence: 4,565 / 3,170 meters

Location: Mount Meru range, Tanzania


7. Mount Gessi

Mount Gessi also on the part of the Ruwenzori range in Uganda, the closest mountain is mount Emin and first reached in 1906, it has twin peaks called Yolanda and Bottego.

Elevation / Prominence: -85 F

Location: Fort Selkirk, Yukon, Canada


6. Mount Emin

Mount Emin or on the range of Ruwenzori in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the parent mountain of Mount Speke, it reached first in 1906, is one of the six mountains of the Ruwenzori range, there are two summits called Umberto and Kraepelin.

Elevation / Prominence: 4798 / 495 meters

Location: Ruwenzori Mountains range, DR of Congo


5. Mount Baker

Mount Baker or Edward peak is on the Ruwenzori range covered by ice in the winter season, located in Uganda and just 2.8 kilometres from the border of Congo, the Mount Baker was first reached in 1906.

Elevation / Prominence: 4,844 / 474 meters

Location: Ruwenzori Mountains range, Uganda


4. Mount Speke

Mount Speke lies in the Ruwenzori Mountain range, the fourth highest peak in Africa and second in the Ruwenzori range after Mount Stanley, located in Uganda and first ascent in 1906.

Elevation / Prominence: 4,890 / 730 meters

Location: Ruwenzori Mountains range, Uganda


3. Mount Stanley

Mount Stanley is the third highest mountain in Africa located between the Republic of the Congo and Uganda, and the highest point of both countries, the mountain first ascent in 1906.

Elevation / Prominence: 5,109/3,951 meters

Location: Ruwenzori Mountains range, Republic of Congo and Uganda


2. Mount Kenya

The second highest point in Africa, there are three main summits in the Mount Kenya range including Batian (5,199 meters), Nelion (5,188 meters) and Point Lenana (4,985 meters), first ascent in 1899, located about 150 km from Nairobi, nearly centre of Kenya.

Elevation / Prominence: 5,199 / 3,825 meters

Location: Mount Kenya range, Central par of Kenya


1. Mount Kilimanjaro

This is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and tallest in Africa at 5,895 meters above sea level, Kilimanjaro created by a volcanic eruption and the three cones on the top called Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, the highest point is Kobo, with this in mind Mawenzi and Shira not counted as separate mountains as that lies in the same range.

Elevation / Prominence: 5,895 / 5,885 meters

Location: Kilimanjaro range, Tanzania

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