Places for Trekking in Tanzania that you Must Visit on Your Next Trip

 Tanzania is home to a rugged landscape with many dormant and active volcanoes that allow for challenging treks with scenic views. Make sure you’re well-prepared for trekking before you embark on your vacation to Tanzania.

Here are some of the best places for trekking in Tanzania that you must visit on your next trip:

 

  • Ol Doinyo Lengai

Ol Doinyo Lengai is an active volcano that emits the world’s coldest lava (note: even the coldest lava has a temperature of about 500 degrees Celsius). It’s because of this reason that the lava has a black tint to it. The trek up the volcano is only for advanced level hikers and can take about 5-6 hours.

 

  • Olmoti Crater

Located about an hour away from Ngorongoro Crater, the Olmoti Crater is often overlooked. Depending on your fitness level, it will take you about an hour to climb to the view point. You can observe wildebeests and giraffes here. It’s a great trekking trail for beginners.

 

  • Empakai Crater

Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Empakai Crater is another excellent trekking option for beginners. Stand by the rim’s edge and observe the beautiful Empakai Lake below you. On your way to the crater’s floor, you might encounter wildebeests, zebras and antelopes. It takes about half an hour to descend to the floor and about an hour to get back up.

 

  • Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, and also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Thus, climbing Kilimanjaro is no easy task and it challenges your strengths and weaknesses. There are 6 main routes available to climb Kilimanjaro, each with a different difficulty level and scenery. If you’re not up for reaching the peak of the mountain, you can just trek to the base camp and go back as well.

 

  • Mount Meru

Mount Meru is often overlooked because of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. However, Mount Meru offers and equally challenging climb along with scenic views. If you’re looking for a short hike that leads you to a rewarding mountain top, this is your place to be. On your way, you can spot buffaloes, giraffes and warthogs.

However, you need to have adequate experience in trekking and hiking if you want to climb the mountain.

 

  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Udzungwa Mountains National Park is home to diverse wildlife including lions, leopards, African wild dogs and elephants. The Park is home to many trekking trails, ranging from short, picturesque walks to the challenging hike to reach the Mwanihana Peak. The most popular trail is the one leading to the Sanje Waterfalls. You can swim in the water beneath the falls and also observe Red Colobus monkeys on your way.

 

  • Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater is home to the Big Five of Africa. It’s a huge, scenic crater and you would need about two days to truly explore the beauty of the crater. Although Ngorongoro is a popular tourist destination, only a few tourists actually trek around the Crater so you’ll have a lot of privacy and you can enjoy your views away from the crowds.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tanzania and have a great time at these beautiful trekking destinations. Don’t forget to Take the Best of Kenya Safari while you’re still in East Africa!