The Africa 50 Finest Mountains ranked by primary factor.

The list below identifies and ranks the 50 African mountains with the largest prominence or primary factor. A vertical ascent on foot of at least 600 meter should be honored in order to qualify as a legitimate climb, many peaks will require more.

The primary factor of a mountain is the minimal vertical drop from its summit before one can ascend a higher peak. In terms of map contours, this vertical drop is defined by the first contour that encircles a higher peak and the preceeding (higher) contour line which has the peak in question as the highest point inside its closed curve. Between these two contour lines lies the (usually unique) defining saddle of the mountain.

This list is based on data compiled by Aaron Maizlish and Jonathan de Ferranti, more information can be found here.
Note that the rank by prominence is different by one above number 18, since this list does not include The Sinai HP, as it is located in the Asian part of Egypt. Also note, that the Canary Islands, Madagascar, Cape Verde and Reunion have been placed in the island category.

Confirmed or suspected corrections are most welcome by email to: petter@ii.uib.no

Two stars behind the rank means that I have climbed it (2/50).

RankHeightNamePrimary factorCountry
1**5895 Kilimanjaro 5885 Tanzania
24543 Ras Dashen 3990 Ethiopia
34095 Mount Cameroon 3956 Cameroon
45110 Mount Margherita 3952 Uganda/Congo Democratic Repuplic
55199 Mount Kenya 3825 Kenya
6**4167 Jebel Toubkal 3757 Morocco
74519 Volcan Karisimbi3324 Rwanda
84565 Mount Meru 3170 Tanzania
93011 Pico Basile 3011Island Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
103415 Emi Koussi 2904 Chad
114400 Sante YeTerara Chaf / Batu 2527 Ethiopia
123042 Jebel Marra 2512 Sudan
133011 Mount Oku 2491 Cameroon
144321 Mount Elgon 2458 Uganda
153482 Thabana Ntlenyana 2390 Lesotho
162908 Tahat 2328 Algeria
173002 Sapitwa Peak 2319 Malawi
184100 Choke Terara 2225 Ethiopia
193418 "Argun" 2208 Ethiopia
202653 Kimhandu 2121 Tanzania
213187 Kinyeti 2120 Sudan
224001 Oldoinyo Lesatima 2081 Kenya
234270 Amba Farit 2061 Ethiopia
243420 Hanang 2050 Tanzania
253682 Loolmalassin 2040 Tanzania
262024 Pico de Sao Tome 2024 Island Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe
273568 Gughe 2013 Ethiopia
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282948 Gelai Peak 1930 Tanzania
292248 Ramlo 1920 Eritrea
304260 Abune Yosef 1909 Ethiopia
314071 Ighil M'Goun 1904 Morocco
322456 Koudiet Tirbirhine 1901 Morocco
333083 Moroto 1818 Uganda
342606 Konigstein 1802 Namibia
352858 Kitumbeine Hill 1770 Tanzania
363334 Chepunyal Hills 1759 Kenya
372419 Serra Namuli 1757 Mozambique
382464 Shengena 1750 Tanzania
392187 Jebel Shayib al Banat 1747 Egypt
403301 Tulu Welel 1742 Ethiopia
412623 Emogadong 1730 Sudan
422300 Sungwi 1730 Tanzania
431995 Dutoitspiek 1730 South Africa
442308 Lalla Khedidja 1720 Algeria
453063 Kadam 1690 Uganda
462560 Mount Smith 1690 Ethiopia
472980 Mtorwi 1688 Tanzania
481945 Bintimani 1665 Sierra Leone
493340 Adrar Bou Nasser 1642 Morocco
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503358 "Aggio" 1630 Ethiopia
512328 Djebel Chelia 1612 Algeria
523405 "Argun North" 1610 Ethiopia
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532489 Mount Tama 1610 Angola
543615 Jebel Igdet 1609 Morocco
552021 Moussa Ali Terara 1607 Djibouti/Eritrea
564195 Bada 1605 Ethiopia
572725 "Kabobo" 1604 Congo Democratic Repuplic
582731 Belaya 1601 Ethiopia
592120 Karkoor 1598 Somalia
603315 Pic Tousside 1593 Chad
613480 Mont Mohi 1592 Congo Democratic Repuplic
623359 Mai Gudo 1589 Ethiopia
633095 "Wuhevi" 1570 Congo Democratic Repuplic
643950 Dubbai 1550 Ethiopia
652325 Seweweekspoortpiek1543South Africa
662285 Mount Kulal 1542 Kenya
672261 Gran Caldera de Luba1539Equatorial Guinea
684127 Muhavura1530 Rwanda/Uganda
692279 Karenga 1529 Tanzania
702592 Inyangani 1515 Zimbabwe
714120 Guna Terara 1510 Ethiopia
723240 Delo 1510 Ethiopia
732620 Moro de Moco 1510 Angola
743405 Gara Muleta 1502 Ethiopia
752848 Mount Ngiro 1501 Kenya
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