What you should know about Tanzania Hiking tours?

Contact Jewel safaris today for many of our Tanzania hiking safaris. Tanzania has the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, mountain Kilimanjaro but there are also other places to go hiking in Tanzania, and some of these include; mountain Meru, Udzungwa mountains, Mahale Mountains, Ngorongoro conservation area.

Top hiking destinations in Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mountain Kilimanjaro in a distance.

Mountain Kilimanjaro is situated near Moshi town, south of the Kenyan border with magnificent natural phenomena and unmatched natural beauty.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

The significant meaning of the word “Kilimanjaro” is described in different theories. It’s claimed that Kilimanjaro has been understood as a mountain (Kilima) of greatness (Njaro). It was also suggested that it could possibly mean ‘The white mountain’ from a Kichagga word ‘Njaro’ to mean whiteness.

Kilimanjaro Mountain is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain possesses three cones: Kibo being the highest, dormant, and could erupt again. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct.

Mount Kilimanjaro is well known for its exceptional mountain climbing experiences. So many tourists from all over the world travel to Tanzania to hike the summit of the tallest free-standing mountain. Different routes/trails provide a possibility for tourists to conquer this hike to the summit.

Western routes: Lemosho, Shira, and Northern Circuit

The Lemosho route is considered one of the best since it has registered high victories to the peak.

Northern route: Rongai

Southern route: Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe

The Marangu Route is the oldest route to use while hiking. It is also convenient since it has sleeping huts and dormitories for hikers.

The Machame route is the longest route but it is also considered a better alternative by hikers.

The Umbwe route and Rongai route are considered among the hardest routes.

The areas around the mountain experience both dry and wet seasons. It is risky during the wet season because of the slippery trails and mud. The best time to visit and hike Mount Kilimanjaro is during the dry season in the months of December to March and June through September and October. The clear sky bestows a beautiful view. 

You can contact Jewel safaris to make all arrangements necessary to trek this iconic mountain.      

Mount Meru

Mt Meru for your hiking thrill

Mt. Meru is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania found in Arusha National Park.

Mount Meru (Tanzania)

Mount Meru (Tanzania)

Meru is smaller than Kilimanjaro, and a trek can be done within 3 -4 days. However, do not underestimate the mountain’s steepness, sheer drop-offs on the final ascent and the effects of altitude make it an equally challenging climb. 

The hike gives you an opportunity to spot animals like zebras, warthogs, giraffes, buffalos, elephants, monkeys, and several other animals. 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro crater’s captivating view

Ngorongoro conservation area Tanzania

Ngorongoro conservation area Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the finest place to spot the most famous mammals like the big five but also other animals. Several bird species can also be spotted in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Hiking takes place in the highlands of Ngorongoro; Olmoti and Empakaai. Hike through thick mountain forests and the savannah landscape with sightings of animals and encountering the local Maasai people.

Udzungwa Mountains

Tanzania spectacular hiking site.



Located in Southern Tanzania within the Iringa region. The hiking trails range from short walks to challenging climbs.

The most popular hike is the climb to the top of the popular Sanje waterfalls and gets an outstanding view of the mountain and the rainforests.  Along the way, you will enjoy taking pictures of the surroundings and at the waterfalls, you find plunge pools underneath the waterfalls where you can take a swim after the long and hectic hike. 

All of these hiking safaris can be done all year round. However, during the rainy season hiking is not recommended since the trails are slippery.

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