With Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and some of the most famous savannah gamelands in the world at Lake Manyara, Tarangiri and Ngorongoro, Tanzania has plenty to offer to walkers and trekkers.
At 5895 metres Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. For many trekkers the lure to conquer Kilimanjaro is irresistible: the terrain and vegetation on the ascent is varied, with dense forest giving way to open meadows and finally to the rocky summit slopes. There are six official trekking routes up Kilimanjaro.
The Marangu Route is the busiest and fastest way up the mountain, but more rewarding and slower routes (with safer rates of ascent) include the Lemosho Route, said to be the quietest, safest and most beautiful path to the summit, and the Rongai Route, also relatively un-trodden and believed to be the easiest of all the ascents. From the rocky summit at Uhuru Peak the views over the surrounding plains are simply breathtaking: on a clear day it’s even possible to see the curvature of the Earth.
For a less challenging but equally rewarding trek, you can experience the thrill of walking through the sweeping savannahs and along the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania. Venturing with fully qualified guides into the wildlife-rich national parks, every animal sighting, every sound and every smell is accentuated by the fact that you’re on foot, well away from the beaten tourist trails and far from vehicle engine noise. You will come home feeling you’ve connected with the real Africa.