10 Hiking Trails In & Around Tanzania

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Tanzania is famous for its incredible and scenic hiking trails that are packed full of adventure and fun! If you’re looking for an adrenaline-infused hiking trail, Tanzania is the place to be.

Listed below are the top 10 best hiking trails in Tanzania.


  1. Mt. Kilimanjaro – Machame Route

The Machame route is one of the most famous hikes and trek routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The hike takes about six to seven days. This route is quite popular due to its attractive views and varying sceneries with changing weather. Be sure to pack a good pair of shoes as the route is difficult and steep but exciting.


  1. Materuni Waterfalls, coffee tour & Kikuletwa Hot Springs

Hiking to the Materuni waterfall is a beautiful experience. The route towards the waterfall is very pleasant and picturesque. Materuni is one of the minor villages in northern Tanzania. It is the tallest waterfall in the area, pouring out crystal clear water. The village has been blessed with an abundance of natural beauty.


  1. Mt. Meru

Often overshadowed by the Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru is Tanzania’s second tallest peak and offers exclusive rugged slopes for hiking like no other. The duration of the trek is four days and three nights. The trail has terrifying drop-offs and steep slopes and is definitely not for the faint-hearted or beginners.


  1. Olmoti Crater

If you are looking for a shorter and less tiring hike, then this place is ideal for you. The Olmoti Crater is a short pleasant hike, which takes up to no more than 40 minutes to reach the top. The views from the top include a lively river valley below and some herbivorous wildlife grazing on grass in the Ngorongoro Crater.


  1. Udzungwa Mountains

The Udzungwa Mountains are known for their admirable habitat. While hiking towards the top of the mountains, you will spot some of the most vibrant and unique species of birds and six primate species that are found here. The best time to visit this route is during the dry season, i.e., from June to October.


  1. Uluguru Mountains

Situated in Tanzania’s agricultural region, this trek’s main attraction is the bird sanctuary, rainforest, and peaks of lush greenery. It is one of the most loved and favorite treks of the hikers in Tanzania as the views from the top are very rewarding and peaceful. This trail is easy and perfect for non-hikers to go on their very first hike.


  1. Ol Doinyo Lengai

Climbing towards an active volcano is one of the most thrilling hiking experiences you’ll ever have. This place is an adventure seekers paradise as the ash-covered slopes, and white lava flows, giving it a majestic and breathtaking look. Don’t forget to carry water with you, as the weather can get very hot.


  1. Mt. Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route

The Marangu route is truly a hiker's paradise! The route consists of foggy forest, hills, a desert-like alpine area in the saddle, and rocky paths and snow when you are near the top; all these scenic sites make the hiking journey delightful and thrilling. The hike to Marangu is about 72km (45miles).


  1. Mt. Hanang

Located in Lake Manyara, Mt. Hanang is an untapped natural beauty. It's ideal for people looking for a budgeted, quiet and peaceful hike since it is not yet discovered by many. The beautiful and serene views of the plains from the top are pure bliss.


  1. Pugu Hills

Pugu Hills - a trail for beginners. The 4 hours hike through the forest provides tons of opportunities to capture the unique birds that you might spot during their endemic migration. It is perfect for those who are seeking to simply relax and reconnect with nature.


So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tanzania and have a great time hiking!

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