4 Mind-Blowing Hikes in and Around Dar es Salaam

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Dar es Salaam, the gateway to the southern safari circuit of Tanzania and the country’s former capital, is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer. Whether you’re looking for shopping centres, historical monuments or adventurous activities – this city has it all! Its proximity to Zanzibar also makes it a great spot for tourists.

If you’re in Dar, you should check out these 4 mind-blowing hikes:

  1. Pugu Hills Nature Forest

Pugu Hills is one of the oldest forests in the world! It’s home to a beautiful small lake, amazing trails and a Bamboo circle where you can meditate peacefully. The Jane Goodal trail was recently inaugurated, so don’t forget to check it out! The trails are easy to hike on and you don’t need a very high fitness level for them.

The forest itself is pretty amazing and it takes only 20 minutes via car to get to the Forest from the city. You’ll also get to see many beautiful birds and butterflies on your hike.

  1. Usambura Mountains

The Usambara Mountains provide a unique hiking experience where you get to experience scenic views, mingle with the locals and learn more about their culture, and reconnect with nature.

On your way to the top, you’ll get to pass by the village Lushoto, where you can observe the rich culture of the locals. They’re very welcoming and hospitable!

The hike takes about 3 days to complete so it’s a great way to escape from the bustling city life and reconnect with nature.

  1. Jozani Forest

Jozani Forest is located in Zanzibar, which is just a ferry-ride away from Dar es Salaam’s shore.

Take a hike through the mangrove swamp here. You can also spot Red Colobus monkeys, which are pretty rare around the world. In fact, this forest contains the highest population of these monkeys in the world.

To get the most out of your experience, make sure you book a tour guide so that they can tell you all about the monkeys and how to track them. Also, keep a bottle of water with you because it can get very hot and humid.

  1. Udzungwa Park

Take a hike to the stunning Sanje waterfalls. You can even swim at the foot of the falls! Alternatively, you can also take the circuit hike, which is a bit longer and more difficult than the hike to and from the waterfall.

Moreover, the forest canopy protects you from the scorching heat, so you can have a relaxing hike through the Park. Moreover, you can spot Red Colobus Monkeys here as well!

Visit the local village and take a tour of the sugarcane and rubber plantations.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Dar es Salaam and have fun at these mind-blowing hiking trails! Don’t forget to wear comfortable hiking shoes and keep plenty of water with you.

Don’t forget to check out the 2021 Tanzania Travel Guide for more details!

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