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Hiking in Tanzania: Explore 5 Amazing Hikes

Tanzania is a popular destination for avid hikers who seek unmatched views and unspoilt landscapes, inhabited by indigenous tribes and wild animals. Here, you’ll witness the limitless beauty of Mother Nature and conquer mountains, from which peaks you can take in the most breathtaking views. Find out, which five Tanzania hikes are so stunning that they’re worth sore legs.

Hiking to Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro

Uhuru Peak of Mount Kilimanjaro with acacia trees

Days required min. 5 days
Distance  ~67.5 kilometres/42 miles
Highest point 5,895 m
Difficulty  Hard

When thinking of hiking in Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro comes to mind instantly – it is Africa’s highest mountain, after all. As alluring as it might sound, this hike is not for the light-hearted and requires a lot of preparation. There are several trails leading to the top, with the climb itself taking at least five days. However, it’s very important to take into account your physical skills and trekking experience when choosing your ideal route. Also, adding one or two days to your hiking adventure will increase the chances of you standing on the Roof of Africa.

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Hike on Mount Meru to the First Camp (Miriakamba)

Miriakamba huts on Mount Meru

Days required 1 day
Distance  ~14.5 kilometres/9 miles
Highest point 2,541 m
Difficulty  Easy

If Mount Kilimanjaro is on your bucket list, but you want to start small, how about conquering a part of Mount Meru? On your way to the Miriakamba Huts, you’ll cross rainforests and get a chance to spot wild animals like zebras, monkeys, antelopes, elephants, and giraffes – so be sure to have your camera close.


Empakaai Crater Hike

Empakaai Crater Lake in Tanzania

Days required Half-day
Distance  ~6.5 kilometres/4 miles
Highest point 2,700 m to 3,200 m
Difficulty  Easy

Ngorongoro Crater appeared too crowded for your taste? Then go and explore a still outstanding but less busy option! We’re talking about the Empakaai Crater. But be aware: the view of the lake from the crater edge will take your breath away! Only for a little while, though. It will come back just in time to hike down to the lake, where you’ll be greeted by countless colourful flamingos. If the weather allows, you’ll even see Lake Natron and Ol Doinyo Lengai, the mountain of the Maasai gods.


Climb the Mountain of God: Ol Doinyo Lengai

Ol Doinyo Lengai in the clouds with straw huts in front

Days required 1 day
Distance  ~11.3 kilometres/7 miles
Highest point 2,878 m
Difficulty  Difficult

Ol Doinyo Lengai is a must-visit active volcano that offers one of the most fascinating Tanzania hikes ever. Not only does it have the coolest lava on Earth, but it also boasts a unique composition of lava that resembles black oil. In fact, Ol Doinyo Lengai is the only volcano to have natrocarbonatite lava that turns white as soon as it comes into contact with water.

As you ascend the mountain, you will get the point why the local tribe called it the Mountain of Gods – especially when you step onto the volcanic ash and witness the spectacular views from above. Make sure to wear slip-resistant shoes, since the descent is just as challenging as the ascent.


Walking Safari inside Arusha National Park

A group of people standing on the shore of Lake Momella, Tanzania

Days required Half-day
Distance  ~3-8 kilometres/2-5 miles
Difficulty  Easy

A half-day hike through the scenic Arusha National Park is perfect to rewind and reconnect with nature. Meeting wild safari animals eye-to-eye is the ultimate Tanzania hiking experience if you prefer not put in too much physical effort. Here, you’ll get a chance to take close-up photos of giraffes, zebras, warthogs, and other local wildlife whilst admiring Lake Momella, taking a dip in the waterfall, and even seeing the Ngurdoto Crater from afar.


If you cannot wait to lace up your hiking boots now, consider planning your journey when the weather is not boiling hot. That way, you can hike for longer hours and have a cool breeze cool you down on the way. June to October or January to February are ideal for a trekking tour around Tanzania since the weather is drier. Also, the off-season from January to February, would allow you to enjoy the landscape without the noise of the crowd.

Tanzania specialist will tailor your trip suitable for your physical preparation to make sure you get the most out of your adventures. And if you want to experience all of this with your kids, we’ll find children-friendly destinations to enjoy for the whole family. Simply message us, and together we’ll create the adventure of your life.

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