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Tanzania’s Waterfalls: A Guide to Natural Wonders

From pristine beaches to breathtaking mountain ranges, Tanzania fascinates visitors from all over the world. The diverse Tanzanian nature never stops impressing with its diverse flora and fauna, unspoilt and unique to the region.

Another highlight of these natural gems is a collection of waterfalls this East African country has to offer. Here, you can leave the hustle and bustle of the Tanzanian hotspots behind and simply listen to the pure force of nature… and of course take a very refreshing shower.

If you’ve already imagined yourself standing under the cascading waterfalls, let’s dive deeper and explore the best waterfall locations in Tanzania. But we must warn you: the following pictures might make you want to pack your suitcase still today…

7 Must-Visit Waterfalls in Tanzania

Sanje Waterfalls

To get to Sanje waterfalls, you first need to conquer a somewhat challenging 4-hour hike through the jungle in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Yes, the trail is steep, but as soon as you reach the waterfalls, you’ll know they were worth the sore legs. As you pass through the dense forest, remember to look down and up. Why? On the trail you might encounter some elephant tracks and in the trees you could spot the rare black and white colobus monkey swinging from tree to tree. When you reach the checkpoint, you can either hike to the top of this Tanzanian waterfall or descend to the bottom of it, where you can jump into the (cold) water.

Udzungwa Sanje Waterfall in Tanzania

Kalambo Falls

Kalambo Falls is the second tallest free-leaping waterfall in Africa. The water cascades at a height of 235 metres (772 feet) and flows into Lake Tanganyika. Getting to the spot for the perfect view takes about three hours on a steep trail. As you continue climbing the canyon, you can catch a glimpse of local villagers tending to their chores and immerse yourself in the diverse nature of the region. Despite the long hike, reaching the cliff from where you can admire the Kalambo Falls is worth every drop of sweat. Another cool plus: you would be standing on the border of Tanzania and Zambia. 

Kalambo Waterfall in Tanzania

Kisasa Waterfall

The Kisasa Waterfall is a majestic natural wonder located in the Usambara Mountains and is waiting to be discovered. Lush greenery and refreshing crystal-clear water are guaranteed on the spot. Once you make your way through the rainforest, you can relax and simply admire powerful waterfalls cascading down the rocks. Have a well-deserved and yummy picnic and jump into the refreshing water, before heading back with new memories and a big smile.

Kikuletwa Hot Springs

The name says it all. Just that in this case, it doesn’t. The oasis of “hot springs” between Moshi and Arusha, is, in fact, filled with refreshing water. So, before you embark on the journey through the jungle to discover this place, make sure to grab your bathing suit and take a dip in the crystal-clear water. You can relax there and may even feel the slight warmth coming from the groundwater fed by Mount Kilimanjaro. The cherry on the cake are the Blue Monkeys you might spot in the surrounding fig trees.

Kikuletwa Hot Springs in Tanzania Moshi

Materuni Waterfall

If you have a few days left in Moshi, you can also visit the Materuni Waterfall. The overall difficulty of the trail is low to average. Most of the trek is flat, only a short distance is inclined, and usually visitors reach the waterfall within an hour. Apart from admiring the magnificent Materuni Waterfall, you’ll also have a chance to speak to the locals, learning more about their culture. Unlike other locations, you can support local businesses by purchasing coffee and lunch on the way.

Materuni Waterfall in Moshi, Tanzania

Ngare Sero Waterfall

The Ngare Sero Waterfall can be found in the Lake Natron area, nearby a Maasai village. The trail leading to the waterfall is manageable and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. In other words: it’s a must-see for many visitors exploring the region. On your way to this Tanzanian waterfall, prepare to get wet, since you’ll have to make your way through a hip-high river (hint: protective gear for your gadgets is key). But don’t worry, since it’s quite hot, you’ll be dry again in no time. Once you reach this magical destination, take as much time as you want to walk and swim under the Ngare Sero Fall’s cascading water.

Marangu Waterfalls 

Marangu Waterfalls are also known as Ndoro and Monjo, which literally translates into ‘nature’ and ‘water always’. Hiking to that beauty spot is fairly easy, even if you travel during rainy season. However, you should equip yourself with non-slippery shoes just to be on the safe side. If you want to end your Kilimanjaro climbing adventure with a smaller but also wow highlight, the Marangu Waterfall is the palace to be. You’ll notice how the local community is thriving here, and you’ll get the chance to taste local coffee. What’s not to love?

Marangu Waterfalls in Tanzania

You’ve already grabbed your suitcase after “Kalambo Waterfall”? We’ve warned you 😉

But jokes aside. If you want to marvel at these wonders of nature for yourself, take a cool shower underneath the water and spot wildlife highlights on the way, get in touch. We’ll make sure, you’ll get to experience all of this in no time.

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