In 2011, when I was still in college, I was given the opportunity to volunteer in South Africa for the summer. A professor at the time, from Niger, encouraged me to travel around Africa after I finished teaching, as travel within the continent is inexpensive and exciting. I remember being in his class, plagued with senioritis, looking at a map and googling "things to do in Tanzania." The first thing that came up was Kilimanjaro. I turned to my friend next to me and whispered, "I'm going to hike Kilimanjaro this summer." And I did. If you're interested in hiking Mount Kili, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, check out these tips!