Tanzania Mountain Climbing / Trekking
Tanzania’s numerous parks and reserves offer many climbing options for the avid explorer.
The most frequent expeditions are obviously to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, but there are also other destinations such as the Crater Highlands. Trekking companies will happily put together an itinerary that suits your preferences and our ”things to bring” section will help to make sure that you are adequately prepared. It is advisable, especially when climbing at higher altitudes, to take things slowly and allow your body to acclimatize.
Tanzania mountains vary in height, location, climate etc. Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa have attracted many climbers from around the globe. Mount Meru (4566m.) and Ol Donyo Lengai (active volcano) are also popular. Other mountains in Tanzania are Mt. Hanang (3417m.), Longido (2629m.), Usambara Mountains, Mt. Lemagrut, Mt. Lolmalasin, Mt Oldean, Uluguru Mountains, etc.
Every mountain is unique from each other, and this makes it important to be well informed before deciding which one to climb. In Tanzania, most climbers opt for Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Meru is Africa’s fifth highest peak with fabulous views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Momela Lakes from the summit. The challenging ascent to the crater of Ol Donyo Lengai passes through some fantastic scenery with panoramic views of the Rift Valley. The trek to the top of Lengai is very steep and a true challenge which is attempted only by hikers with good level of fitness.
Choose your preferred Tanzania climbing destination:
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing
Situated at Kilimanjaro region, northern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. At 5 895 metres, Kilimanjaro provides a challenge for hikers. The mountain range has four hiking routes-with each offering a different and exhilarating experience.
Your Kilimanjaro dream climb is entirely your own to design. African Savannah Trekkers will work with you to customize exactly the triumphant Tanzanian mountainous quest experience you want.
Mount Meru Climbing
Mount Meru standing at 14,980 feet (4,565 meters), but is still an impressive freestanding volcano located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which makes a superb four day climb to the top. It last erupted in 1910 therefore can be classified as an active volcano.
This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.
Ngorongoro Crater Highland Trekking
While it isn’t possible to hike within the famous Ngorongoro caldera itself, a seven day Ngorongoro Highlands trekking adventure is a fantastic way to explore the surrounding area, learn more about local tribal cultures, and see some unique animals along the way.
Camping along the way at local villages, this is a hiking experience for those who want to truly immerse themselves in Tanzania’s rich culture.
Mount Oldonyo Lengai Climbing
A number of people climb Oldoinyo Lengai each year. It is not a technical climb, but it is a very demanding and sometimes dangerously steep walk and scramble. You should be fit, strong and above all VERY determined. Everyone who has climbed has their own experience to tell and their own advice to give; here is mine.
South of Lake Natron in the eastern rift valley of North Tanzania, lies Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai (locally regarded as the sacred Mountain of God in the Maa Language), an active volcano.