Highest mountain peaks of Africa

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Kilimanjaro from the air.

This is a list of the highest mountains of Africa. It aims to include the 75 highest mountains with a prominence of at least 500 m. Some regions are still poorly described and the list is likely to be both incomplete and not completely accurate. This is especially true for the Ethiopian Highlands, where heights on maps and in the literature differ between each other by up to 500 m. All elevations have been checked or chosen to match the SRTM-based contour lines in the Google terrain maps.

Rank[1] Mountain[2] Height (m)[3] Prominence (m)[4] Range Country Coordinates[5] Parent mountain[6] First ascent[7]
1 Kibo (Uhuru Pk) 5895 5885 Kilimanjaro Tanzania 03°04′33″S 37°21′09″E / 3.07583°S 37.35250°E / -3.07583; 37.35250 1889
2 Mount Kenya (Batian) 5199 3825 Mount Kenya Kenya 00°09′07″S 37°18′30″E / 0.15194°S 37.30833°E / -0.15194; 37.30833 Kibo 1899
3 Mawenzi (Hans Meyer Pk) 5148 850 Kilimanjaro Tanzania 03°05′33″S 37°27′21″E / 3.09250°S 37.45583°E / -3.09250; 37.45583 Kibo 1912
4 Ngaliema / Mt Stanley
(Margherita Pk)
5109 3951 Rwenzori DR Congo
Uganda
00°23′08″N 29°52′21″E / 0.38556°N 29.87250°E / 0.38556; 29.87250 Kibo 1906
Mount Kenya (Lenana) 4985 130 Mount Kenya Kenya 00°09′18″S 37°19′03″E / 0.15500°S 37.31750°E / -0.15500; 37.31750 Nelion 1899
Ngaliema / Mt Stanley
(Savoia Pk)
4977 110 Rwenzori Uganda 00°22′26″N 29°52′34″E / 0.37389°N 29.87611°E / 0.37389; 29.87611 Margherita 1906
5 Duwoni / Mt Speke
(Vittorio Emanuele Pk)
4890 720 Rwenzori Uganda 00°23′53″N 29°53′33″E / 0.39806°N 29.89250°E / 0.39806; 29.89250 Stanley 1906
6 Kiyanja / Mt Baker (Edward Pk) 4844 507 Rwenzori Uganda 00°21′40″N 29°53′34″E / 0.36111°N 29.89278°E / 0.36111; 29.89278 Stanley 1906
7 Mount Emin (Umberto Pk) 4798 495 Rwenzori DR Congo 00°25′42″N 29°54′00″E / 0.42833°N 29.90000°E / 0.42833; 29.90000 Speke 1906
8 Mount Gessi (Iolanda Pk) 4715 565 Rwenzori Uganda 00°25′19″N 29°55′06″E / 0.42194°N 29.91833°E / 0.42194; 29.91833 Emin 1906
Mount Luigi di Savoia
(Sella Pk)
4627 345 Rwenzori Uganda 00°19′48″N 29°53′16″E / 0.33000°N 29.88778°E / 0.33000; 29.88778 Baker 1906
9 Mount Meru (Socialist Pk) 4566 3170 Mount Meru Tanzania 03°14′39″S 36°45′00″E / 3.24417°S 36.75000°E / -3.24417; 36.75000 Kibo 1904
10 Ras Dashen 4550 3997 Semien Mountains Ethiopia 13°14′12″N 38°22′21″E / 13.23667°N 38.37250°E / 13.23667; 38.37250 Kenya 1841
11 Karisimbi 4507 3312 Virunga Mountains DR Congo
Rwanda
01°30′22″S 29°27′01″E / 1.50611°S 29.45028°E / -1.50611; 29.45028 Stanley 1903 [8]
Ancua / Ankwa / Weynobar 4462 380 Semien Mountains Ethiopia 13°16′09″N 38°24′44″E / 13.26917°N 38.41222°E / 13.26917; 38.41222 Ras Dashen
12 Kidis Yared 4453 730 Semien Mountains Ethiopia 13°18′01″N 38°19′40″E / 13.30028°N 38.32778°E / 13.30028; 38.32778 Ras Dashen
13 Mikeno 4437 1190 Virunga Mountains DR Congo 01°27′47″S 29°25′11″E / 1.46306°S 29.41972°E / -1.46306; 29.41972 Karisimbi 1927 [8]
14 Bwahit 4437 810 Semien Mountains Ethiopia 13°14′37″N 38°13′03″E / 13.24361°N 38.21750°E / 13.24361; 38.21750 Kidis Yared
15 Portal Peaks (Kihuma) 4391 565 Rwenzori Uganda 00°24′18″N 29°57′30″E / 0.40500°N 29.95833°E / 0.40500; 29.95833 Gessi 1945
16 Tullu Demtu[9] 4377 2527 Bale Mountains Ethiopia 06°49′36″N 39°49′09″E / 6.82667°N 39.81917°E / 6.82667; 39.81917 Ras Dashen
17 Mount Elgon (Wagagai) 4321 2458 Mount Elgon Uganda 01°07′06″N 34°31′35″E / 1.11833°N 34.52639°E / 1.11833; 34.52639 Kenya 1911
Mount Elgon (Sudek) 4302 150 Mount Elgon Kenya
Uganda
01°05′59″N 34°34′26″E / 1.09972°N 34.57389°E / 1.09972; 34.57389 Wagagai 1890
18 Amba Farit 4270 2061 Kollo Massif Ethiopia 10°57′02″N 39°06′16″E / 10.95056°N 39.10444°E / 10.95056; 39.10444 Bwahit
19 Abune Yosef / Guliba Amba 4260 1909 Lasta Massif Ethiopia 12°08′28″N 39°11′01″E / 12.14111°N 39.18361°E / 12.14111; 39.18361 Ras Dashen
Ioll / Yoll 4220 350 Kollo Massif Ethiopia 11°00′31″N 39°05′46″E / 11.00861°N 39.09611°E / 11.00861; 39.09611 Amba Farit
20 Bada 4195 1605 Arsi Mountains Ethiopia 07°54′34″N 39°23′35″E / 7.90944°N 39.39306°E / 7.90944; 39.39306 Tullu Demtu
21 Kaka / Kecha / Chiqe 4193 1215 Arsi Mountains Ethiopia 07°21′50″N 39°09′28″E / 7.36389°N 39.15778°E / 7.36389; 39.15778 Bada
22 Jbel Toubkal 4167 3755 Toubkal Atlas Morocco 31°03′36″N 07°54′54″W / 31.06000°N 7.91500°W / 31.06000; -7.91500 Stanley 1923
23 Muhavura 4127 1530 Virunga Mountains Rwanda
Uganda
01°22′58″S 29°40′40″E / 1.38278°S 29.67778°E / -1.38278; 29.67778 Karisimbi 1898 [8]
24 Hey / Hay 4125 660 Semien Mountains Ethiopia 13°18′58″N 38°27′05″E / 13.31611°N 38.45139°E / 13.31611; 38.45139 Weynobar
25 Guna 4120 1510 Guna Massif Ethiopia 11°42′26″N 38°14′13″E / 11.70722°N 38.23694°E / 11.70722; 38.23694 Abune Yosef
26 Choqa / Choke / Birhan 4100 2225 Choqa Mountains Ethiopia 10°42′51″N 37°50′59″E / 10.71417°N 37.84972°E / 10.71417; 37.84972 Bwahit
Ouanoukrim 4088 420 Toubkal Atlas Morocco 31°02′11″N 07°56′49″W / 31.03639°N 7.94694°W / 31.03639; -7.94694 Toubkal
27 Chilalo 4071 610 Arsi Mountains Ethiopia 07°54′55″N 39°15′44″E / 7.91528°N 39.26222°E / 7.91528; 39.26222 Bada
28 Mount Cameroon 4070 3931 Cameroon line Cameroon 04°13′00″N 09°10′20″E / 4.21667°N 9.17222°E / 4.21667; 9.17222 Stanley 1861
29 Inatye 4070 500 Semien Mountains Ethiopia 13°15′38″N 38°09′52″E / 13.26056°N 38.16444°E / 13.26056; 38.16444 Bwahit
30 Ighil Mgoun 4068 1904 Central High Atlas Morocco 31°30′30″N 06°26′38″W / 31.50833°N 6.44389°W / 31.50833; -6.44389 Toubkal
Weshema / Wasema? 4030 420 Bale Mountains Ethiopia 06°58′15″N 39°37′01″E / 6.97083°N 39.61694°E / 6.97083; 39.61694 Tullu Demtu
31 Oldoinyo Lesatima 4001 2081 Aberdare Range Kenya 00°18′40″S 36°36′58″E / 0.31111°S 36.61611°E / -0.31111; 36.61611 Mt Kenya
32 Jebel n'Tarourt / Tifnout / Iferouane[10] 3996 910 Toubkal Atlas Morocco 31°04′53″N 07°45′52″W / 31.08139°N 7.76444°W / 31.08139; -7.76444 Toubkal
33 Muggia 3950 500 Lasta Massif Ethiopia 12°04′25″N 39°22′41″E / 12.07361°N 39.37806°E / 12.07361; 39.37806 Abune Yosef
34 Dubbai 3941 1540 Tigray Mountains Ethiopia 12°51′32″N 39°29′52″E / 12.85889°N 39.49778°E / 12.85889; 39.49778 Abune Yosef
Taska n’Zat[11] 3912 460 Toubkal Atlas Morocco 31°09′49″N 07°38′53″W / 31.16361°N 7.64806°W / 31.16361; -7.64806 Tarourt
Aksouâl[12] 3903 450 Toubkal Atlas Morocco 31°07′05″N 07°51′30″W / 31.11806°N 7.85833°W / 31.11806; -7.85833 Toubkal
35 Mount Kinangop 3902 530 Aberdare Range Kenya 00°37′37″S 36°42′28″E / 0.62694°S 36.70778°E / -0.62694; 36.70778 Lesatima
36 Cimbia 3900 590 Kollo Massif Ethiopia 10°52′27″N 39°16′05″E / 10.87417°N 39.26806°E / 10.87417; 39.26806 Amba Farit
Anrhemer / Ingehmar 3892 380 Toubkal Atlas Morocco 31°09′05″N 07°47′36″W / 31.15139°N 7.79333°W / 31.15139; -7.79333 Aksoual
37 Ieciuol ? 3840 560 Kollo Massif Ethiopia 10°53′02″N 39°28′10″E / 10.88389°N 39.46944°E / 10.88389; 39.46944 Cimbia
Kawa / Caua / Lajo 3830 475 Bale Mountains Ethiopia 07°13′02″N 39°38′49″E / 7.21722°N 39.64694°E / 7.21722; 39.64694 Weshema
Pt 3820 3820 450 Kollo Massif Ethiopia 10°54′55″N 39°20′15″E / 10.91528°N 39.33750°E / 10.91528; 39.33750 Cimbia
38 Jbel Tignousti 3819 930 Central High Atlas Morocco 31°29′52″N 06°43′00″W / 31.49778°N 6.71667°W / 31.49778; -6.71667 Mgoun
39 Filfo / Encuolo 3805 770 Arsi Mountains Ethiopia 07°22′08″N 39°21′19″E / 7.36889°N 39.35528°E / 7.36889; 39.35528 Bada
40 Kosso Amba 3805 530 Lasta Massif Ethiopia 11°47′32″N 39°26′14″E / 11.79222°N 39.43722°E / 11.79222; 39.43722 Pt 3950
Jbel Ghat 3781 470 Central High Atlas Morocco 31°31′17″N 06°44′30″W / 31.52139°N 6.74167°W / 31.52139; -6.74167 Tignousti
41 Baylamtu / Gavsigivla 3777 1120 Lasta Massif Ethiopia 12°21′10″N 39°03′48″E / 12.35278°N 39.06333°E / 12.35278; 39.06333 Abune Yosef
42 Ouaougoulzat 3763 860 Central High Atlas Morocco 31°39′17″N 06°15′20″W / 31.65472°N 6.25556°W / 31.65472; -6.25556 Irhil MGoun
43 Somkaru 3760 530 Bale Mountains Ethiopia 06°49′25″N 39°16′56″E / 6.82361°N 39.28222°E / 6.82361; 39.28222 Tullu Demtu
44 Abieri 3750 780 Semien Mountains Ethiopia 13°31′25″N 38°21′22″E / 13.52361°N 38.35611°E / 13.52361; 38.35611 Ras Dashen
45 Arin Ayachi 3747 1400 East High Atlas Morocco 32°28′36″N 04°55′37″W / 32.47667°N 4.92694°W / 32.47667; -4.92694 Ouaougoulzat
46 Teide 3718 3718 Tenerife Canary Islands 28°16′21″N 16°38′32″W / 28.27250°N 16.64222°W / 28.27250; -16.64222 Island high point 1582
47 Visoke / Bisoke 3711 585 Virunga Mountains DR Congo
Rwanda
01°27′29″S 29°29′07″E / 1.45806°S 29.48528°E / -1.45806; 29.48528 Karisimbi 1908 [8]
48 Sarenga 3700 1160 Tigray Mountains Ethiopia 12°40′12″N 39°29′45″E / 12.67000°N 39.49583°E / 12.67000; 39.49583 Dubbai
49 Woti / Uoti 3700 1050 Eastern Escarpment Ethiopia 09°43′36″N 39°43′46″E / 9.72667°N 39.72944°E / 9.72667; 39.72944 Pt 3840
Pt 3700 (Kulsa?) 3700 490 Arsi Mountains Ethiopia 07°24′37″N 39°01′08″E / 7.41028°N 39.01889°E / 7.41028; 39.01889 Kecha
50 Loolmalassin 3682 2040 Crater Highlands Tanzania 03°02′56″S 35°49′15″E / 3.04889°S 35.82083°E / -3.04889; 35.82083 Meru
51 Biala? 3680 870 Lasta Massif Ethiopia 12°27′17″N 39°00′12″E / 12.45472°N 39.00333°E / 12.45472; 39.00333 Baylamtu
52 Azurki / Azourki 3677 790 Central High Atlas Morocco 31°44′48″N 06°15′40″W / 31.74667°N 6.26111°W / 31.74667; -6.26111 Ouaougoulzat
53 Pt 3645 3645 910 Lasta Massif Ethiopia 11°30′02″N 39°32′11″E / 11.50056°N 39.53639°E / 11.50056; 39.53639 Koso Amba
54 Sabyinyo 3634 1010 Virunga Mountains Rwanda
DR Congo
Uganda
01°23′15″S 29°35′30″E / 1.38750°S 29.59167°E / -1.38750; 29.59167 Karisimbi 1907 [8]
55 Mount Gurage / Guraghe 3620 1400 Gurage Mountains Ethiopia 08°16′37″N 38°21′55″E / 8.27694°N 38.36528°E / 8.27694; 38.36528 Uoti
Angour 3616 444 Toubkal Atlas Morocco 31°10′29″N 07°49′31″W / 31.17472°N 7.82528°W / 31.17472; -7.82528 Anrhemer
56 Jbel Igdat 3615 1609 West High Atlas Morocco 30°57′39″N 08°25′50″W / 30.96083°N 8.43056°W / 30.96083; -8.43056 Toubkal 1888
57 Jbel n'Anghomar 3609 1420 Central High Atlas Morocco 31°20′11″N 06°59′51″W / 31.33639°N 6.99750°W / 31.33639; -6.99750 Ighil MGoun
Yegura / Amba Moka 3605 420 Lasta Massif Ethiopia 11°29′45″N 39°27′39″E / 11.49583°N 39.46083°E / 11.49583; 39.46083 Pt 3645
58 Pt 3600 (Kitir?) 3600 870 Eastern Escarpment Ethiopia 10°38′22″N 39°41′53″E / 10.63944°N 39.69806°E / 10.63944; 39.69806 Uoti
59 Pt 3600 3600 610 Lasta Massif Ethiopia 11°38′40″N 39°32′52″E / 11.64444°N 39.54778°E / 11.64444; 39.54778 Koso Amba
60 Bar Meda high point 3580 520 Eastern Escarpment Ethiopia 10°22′28″N 39°48′15″E / 10.37444°N 39.80417°E / 10.37444; 39.80417 Pt 3600 (Kitir ?)
61 Jbel Erdouz 3579 690 West High Atlas Morocco 31°02′46″N 08°24′25″W / 31.04611°N 8.40694°W / 31.04611; -8.40694 Igdat
62 Mount Gugu 3570 940 Mount Gugu Ethiopia 08°12′18″N 39°58′00″E / 8.20500°N 39.96667°E / 8.20500; 39.96667 Bada
63 Gesh Megal (?) 3570 520 Gurage Mountains Ethiopia 08°23′16″N 38°23′29″E / 8.38778°N 38.39139°E / 8.38778; 38.39139 Gurage
64 Gughe 3568 2013 Balta Mountains Ethiopia 06°12′13″N 37°23′21″E / 6.20361°N 37.38917°E / 6.20361; 37.38917 Gurage
65 Megezez 3565 690 Eastern Escarpment Ethiopia 09°17′11″N 39°32′00″E / 9.28639°N 39.53333°E / 9.28639; 39.53333 Uoti
Pt 3555 3555 475 Lasta Massif Ethiopia 11°33′29″N 39°34′12″E / 11.55806°N 39.57000°E / 11.55806; 39.57000 Pt 3645
66 Jbel Tinergwet 3551 880 West High Atlas Morocco 30°48′46″N 08°49′41″W / 30.81278°N 8.82806°W / 30.81278; -8.82806 Igdet
67 Amba Alagi[13] 3550 820 Tigray Mountains Ethiopia 12°57′44″N 39°34′13″E / 12.96222°N 39.57028°E / 12.96222; 39.57028 Dubbai
68 Nakugen 3530 1510 Cherangany Hills Kenya 01°16′10″N 35°29′50″E / 1.26944°N 35.49722°E / 1.26944; 35.49722 Elgon
69 Gara Guda /Kara Gada 3530 900 Salale Mountains Ethiopia 09°48′31″N 38°38′09″E / 9.80861°N 38.63583°E / 9.80861; 38.63583 Megezez
70 Amonewas[14] 3530 870 Choqa Mountains Ethiopia 10°58′13″N 38°15′46″E / 10.97028°N 38.26278°E / 10.97028; 38.26278 Choke
71 Amedamit[15] 3530 760 Choqa Mountains Ethiopia 11°07′29″N 37°21′23″E / 11.12472°N 37.35639°E / 11.12472; 37.35639 Choke
72 Igoudamene 3519 550 Central High Atlas Morocco 31°35′08″N 06°25′47″W / 31.58556°N 6.42972°W / 31.58556; -6.42972 Mgoun
Abuye Meda[16] 3505 230 Eastern Escarpment Ethiopia 10°29′34″N 39°45′37″E / 10.49278°N 39.76028°E / 10.49278; 39.76028 Bar Meda high point
73 Thabana Ntlenyana 3482 2390 Drakensberg Lesotho 29°27′46″S 29°15′59″E / 29.46278°S 29.26639°E / -29.46278; 29.26639
74 Mont Mohi 3480 1592 Mitumba Mountains[17] DR Congo 02°57′12″S 28°47′04″E / 2.95333°S 28.78444°E / -2.95333; 28.78444 Karisimbi
Gahinga 3474 425 Virunga Mountains Uganda
Rwanda
01°23′12″S 29°38′47″E / 1.38667°S 29.64639°E / -1.38667; 29.64639 Muhavura 1906 [8]
75 Nyiragongo 3470 1440 Virunga Mountains DR Congo 01°31′04″S 29°15′13″E / 1.51778°S 29.25361°E / -1.51778; 29.25361 Karisimbi 1894 [8]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Only mountains with a prominence of 500 m or more are ranked.
  2. ^ Many mountains are known by multiple names, each with multiple spellings
  3. ^ Most "round" heights for mountains in the Ethiopian Highlands are crude estimates from contour lines on Google terrain maps.
  4. ^ The prominence data were extracted from a combination of maps and Google terrain data. Values for mountains with prominences over 1,500 m were copied from this website.
  5. ^ Extracted from the Google terrain maps
  6. ^ Here defined as the first higher 500-m-prominent mountain connected via the highest saddle.
  7. ^ First documented ascent by Europeans. Most mountains in this list are not technically difficult to climb and have been first-ascended by locals.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g André Meyer, Exploration of the Albert National Park - Mission for vulcanic studies, Brussels 1955. Page 23
  9. ^ Tullu Demtu and Batu are two hills 6 km apart on a high plateau in the Bale Mountains and separated by a ca. 4135 mt high depression. According to SRTM data Batu appears the somewhat lower of the two (ca. 4350 m)
  10. ^ Once thought to be the highest peak of the High Atlas. Until recently estimated at 4,001 m
  11. ^ Often said to be 3,805 m high, but 3,880 contour lines are consistent with the 3,912 m height.
  12. ^ Brown favors a 3,842 m height, with 3,903 as alternative, but broad 3,860 m contour lines are consistent with the higher value
  13. ^ Often given a height of 3,949 m, which is not supported by SRTM data
  14. ^ Often given a height of 3,664 m, which is not supported by SRTM data
  15. ^ Often given a height of 3,619 m, which is not supported by SRTM data
  16. ^ Often given a height of 4,000 m, which is not supported by SRTM data
  17. ^ Within the Itombwe Massif subrange

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