Tanzania Trekking and Hiking

Tanzania is not only famous for its wonderful wildlife and pristine parks, but it also reputed for trekking and hiking. This giant of African tourism, with its prestigious national parks and magnificent mountains presents both spectacular safari experiences as well as exciting trekking adventures.

Trekking in Tanzania undoubtedly revolves around Kilimanjaro Mountain for many people. However, with so many mountains, both standalones and ranges, there are so many trekking and hiking options in Tanzania.

Trekking and Hiking Attractions in Tanzania

Ranking at number one, is the world-famous Kilimanjaro Trekking. Mount Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak is the highest in Africa and the towering Kilimanjaro, is the tallest standalone mountain in the world. Mount Meru, dubbed ‘Kilimanjaro’s Little Brother’ presents another awesome trekking experience in Arusha, the ‘Geneva of Africa’.

Other notable Tanzania trekking and hiking attractions in the Northern Circuit are the Usambara Mountain range, which is best known for its different trekking challenges, and for blending trekking and cultural tourism. There is also Ol Doinyo Lengai, meaning “Mountain of God”, in Maasai language. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area, on the other hand presents trekking experiences with the Ol Moti Crater and Empakai Crater trails.

Mount Longido is another trekking attraction on the Northern Circuit for enthusiasts who prefer the off-the-beaten routes kind of adventures.

The Western Circuit trekking and hiking adventures are found in the remote Mahale Mountains, whose Chimpanzee Treks are one of a kind globally.

The Uduzungwa Mountains in the Southern Circuit, though a least known trekking destination in Tanzania, is ideal for intermediate trekkers. The mountain range has beautiful waterfalls and boast of ten species of primates.

The Ideal Period for Trekking and Hiking in Tanzania

The beautiful country of Tanzania has trekking and hiking opportunities throughout the year, but not all trails are accessible.

In the rainy seasons, which fall between November and mid-December, as well as between end of March and May, some trekking trails become impassable. Dry seasons from June to October, are therefore, by far the most ideal periods for a Tanzania trekking.

Do you have a strong liking

For trekking and hiking?

If indeed it is really so,

Get ready we go!


  • 4-5 pairs of underwear
  • Top to bottom base layer – Icebreaker or SmartWool
  • Short sleeve and 1 – 2 long sleeve trekking shirts
  • 1 – 2 pairs of hiking trousers
  • 1 polartec freece Jacket
  • 1 insulated winter jacket
  • Insulated trekking pants
  • 1 hard shell Jacket
  • Light weight raingear


  • Sun Hut, idealy with a neck cover
  • Warm beanie or Fleece Headband
  • Bandana or Neck Geiter
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses

Hands and walking

  • Light-weight inner gloves
  • Warm outer-gloves / Mitts
  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Mid-weight trekking boots
  • Camp trainers / trekking sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of trekking socks
  • 1 pair of warm / thick trekking socks

Bags and daypack

  • 80-90L waterproof dufle bag
  • 20-30L daypack
  • Daypack raincover

Sleeping Accessories

  • 4-season sleeping bag
  • Insulated sleeping Mat

General accessories

  • Large volume water bottle or Hydration bladder
  • Water purification tablets
  • Baby wipes
  • Sweat resistant suncream
  • Blister platers
  • Insect repellent
  • General medication (paracetamol, Imodium)
  • Technology
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries and camera memory card
  • Other bits and Bobs
  • Energy bars
  • Energy drink supplement
  • Zip Lock Bags for Important Possessions (Passport, Money etc)
  • Trekking Towel
  • Toiletries, including one roll of toilet paper.
  • Passport, VISA, Insurance, Yellow Fever Card (if applicable)
  • Small Lock for your Dufle Bag.