Tanzania has a variety of options for mountain trekking. Standing at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet), Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the most popular trekking location on the continent. Trekkers can summit Kilimanjaro, climb the fertile slopes of Mount Meru or hike on the active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai. Each trek ranges in landscape and difficulty. We can design a trek to match your needs and interests.
At 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. It is a dormant volcano with a diverse landscape ranging from rainforest to high-altitude mountain desert. There are seven routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro: Lemosho
, Mweka, Rongai
, and Umbwe
. Each route is unique, ranging in difficulty, scenery, and popularity amongst climbers. We can help you pick the best route for you or your group.
Mount Meru, an active stratovolcano, stands at 4,565 metres (14,977 ft) in Arusha National Park. Meru is often overlooked due to its proximity to Mount Kilimanjaro, but is a great option for travelers who would like to experience breathtaking mountain scenery and high-altitude trekking without making the significant financial investment of climbing Kilimanjaro. It is also a great acclimation climb for those planning to summit Kilimanjaro. The mountain rises up out of the savannah and is home to elephants, buffalo, monkeys, and leopards. Meru takes 3 to 4 days to climb and at the summit you have panoramic views of the land below and views inside the volcanic crater itself.
Ol Doinyo Lengai
Ol Doinyo Lengai, meaning “Mountain of God” in Maasai, is an active volcano in the Arusha region of Tanzania. The mountain is 2886 meters (9524 feet) tall and although the climb takes only 5 to 6 hours, it is physically demanding. Ol Doinyo Lengai is typically climbed at night to avoid the heat, with trekkers reaching the summit for sunrise. Because of its highly unusual topography, the mountain is a wonderful location for naturalists and geology enthusiasts. Ol Doinyo Lengai has carbonatite lava, which erupts at relatively low temperatures and often has a lower viscosity than water, making the mountain unlike any other active volcano in the world.