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Best Hiking Trails in Tanzania

Overview

Mount Kilimanjaro gets all the glory in this East African country but there are other hiking regions within Tanzania that are worth exploring.  Tanzania is also a world famous destination for safaris.  

Capital: Dodoma

When To Hike in Tanzania?

Year Round: The best months depend on the region.  Filter through the map to see the best months by region.
Varies
Varies: Rainy season depends on the region.

Climate: Sub tropical and tropical – in the north and east, there are two rainy seasons (short and long rains) and some areas have a single rainy season.  There are a lot of isolated volcanoes, particularly in the northeast, which can have their own weather pattern.

 

Tanzania Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: While there are well known areas for hiking (such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru), other mountain regions might not have as much hiking planning resources.  You will need a guide for most hikes you want to do. 

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Tanzania for hiking:

  • Arusha
  • Katesh
  • Morogoro
  • Njombe
  • Tukuyu

Most popular hikes in Tanzania

The main areas for hiking are in the northeast of the country; but there are also other areas throughout the country that are less well-known. Highest Mountain: Kilimanjaro (5895 m).

Filter out hiking places of Tanzania by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Uluguru Mountains

  • May – Nov
  • Morogoro town is good base
  • Lupanga Peak

Mahale Mountains National Park

  • May – Oct
  • On Lake Tanganyika
  • Chimp tracking
  • Mt Nkungwe (2462 m)
  • No roads to the park, you have to fly

Gombe National Park

  • May – Oct
  • Famous for Jane Goodall; chimp tracking

Around Mbeya

  • Apr – Oct
  • Kitulo Plateau National Park
  • Ngosi Crater Lake

Kipengere Range

  • Apr – Oct
  • Njombe and Tukuyu are good bases 

Udzungwa Mountains

  • May – Nov
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park 
  • Mwanihana Peak
  • Sonje Waterfalls

Mount Hanang

Usambara Mountains

  • Dec – Mar; June – Sept
  • Hiking trails here, village to village hiking

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ol Doinyo Lengai

Arusha National Park

  • Jan – Feb; May – Oct
  • Mainly composed of Mt Meru (4566 m, Tanzania’s 2nd highest mountains)
  • Ngurdoto Crater
  • Arusha is a good base for trekking and other activities

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

  • Jan – Feb; June – Oct
  • Highest peak in country and continent
  • Various routes up to the summit; must go with licensed guide
  • Many resources available to plan trip to summit
  • June – October time period driest and most popular time vs. January – February

Long Distance Trails of Tanzania

  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Mount Meru
  • Others

Tanzania's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Tanzania Hiking Books: 

  • Trekking Kilimanjaro: Ascent preparations, practicalities, trekking routes to the ‘Roof of Africa’, by Alex Stewart, 2018, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/3vRohBc
  • Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa’s Highest Mountain, by Henry Stedman, 2018, Trailblazer Publications – https://amzn.to/3xrDzgH
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro With Africa’s Top Guide, by Erick Kivelege and Christopher Hurst, 2021, BookBaby – https://amzn.to/4aIkghr
  • Kilimanjaro & East Africa: A Climbing and Trekking Guide, by Cameron Burns, 2006, The Mountaineers Books – https://amzn.to/3vF0Aw6
  • Lonely Planet Tanzania, by Mary Fitzpatrick and Ray Bartlett, 2018, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/43Pg0KX

 

Tanzania Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Tanzania:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Mount Meru
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai
  • Lupanga Peak – Uluguru Mountains
  • Mwanihana Peak – Udzungwa Mountains
  • Mount Hanang
  • Empakaai Crater – Ngorongoro Highlands
  • Magamba Peak – Usambara Mountains

 Easy Hiking Trails in Tanzania:

  • Olmoti Crater
  • Sanje Waterfalls – Udzungwa Mountains
  • Materuni Waterfalls

 

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What Else To Do

  • Wildlife watching (ie. Serengeti)

Other Important Points