Mount Kilimanjaro

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Above the gently rolling hills and plateau of northern Tanzania rises the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, its slopes and glaciers shimmering above the rising clouds. Kilimanjaro is located near the town of Moshi and it is a protected area, carefully regulated for climbers to  enjoy without leaving a trace of their presence.

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The mountains ecosystem are as strikingly beautiful as they are varied and diverse. On the low land slopes, much of the mountain is farm land with coffee, banana, cassava and maize crops grown for subsistence and cash sale. Climbing the  mountain is the highlight of most visitors experience in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the grandeur, the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the rift valley and Maasai steppe, that belong to Kilimanjaro. Hiking on the rooftop of Africa,” the highest point on the continent at 5896 meters- is the adventure of the life time especially because if paced well, everyone from seasoned trekkers to first time enthusiasts can scale the snowy peak.

Mt. Meru

The dramatic crater of Mt Meru is often neglected in favor of its famous neighbor to the east but a visit to this spectacular mountain located within Arusha National Park is an unforgettable experience. Its lower slopes are covered in dense highland forest, where colobus monkeys play and buffalo graze concealed beneath the thick foliage. An ash cone forms a subsidiary peak and momela lakes and ngurdoto Crater are visible from Meru Slopes.

Ngorongoro high lands

the ngorongoro crater is often called African Eden and the 8thNatural wonder of the world, a visit to the crater is a main draw card for tourist coming to Tanzania and a definite world class attraction. Within the crater rim, large herds of Zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. at dawn, the endangered black Rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew laden grass in the morning mist. This truly magical place is home to Olduvai Gorge, where the  Leakey’s discovered the hominoids remains of a 1.8 million year old Skeleton of Australopithecus bodies, One of the distinct links of human revolutionary chain.

Udzungwa Mountains

Located west of Dar es Salaam, the Udzungwa Mountains rise up from the western edge of the Selous Game Reserve. Vervet monkeys play high in the forest canopy, and small forest antelope can be viewed at the right time of day. Botanical diversity is exceptional, and the park is host to a large number of endangered bird species. Views from the peaks of the mountains, towards the Selous Game Reserve and the distant Indian Ocean coast, are incredible and well worth the effort.Five distinct trails cover the forests and mountain peaks within the park, and offer varying levels of difficulty for everyone from novices to experienced trekkers. Better yet, there are no roads through the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, so hikers have the area all to themselves

Uluguru Mountains

Overlooking the agricultural area around Morogoro, the Uluguru Mountains are part of the Eastern Arc range and are named after the Luguru tribe, a matrilineal group that farms on its verdant slopes. The area has some of the oldest forest in Africa, and because the ecosystem has remained undisturbed by climactic and geographical changes for an estimated 25 million years, hiking in the area is particularly rewarding. A plethora of endemic bird and insect species are found here, but permits are required to reach most of the peaks and permission must be sought in advance.

Monduli Mountains  

Just a few hours drive from Arusha, the Monduli Mountains make a lovely day trip or can be part of a longer hiking itinerary. Maasai pastoralists herd their cattle along the slopes and cultural tourism programmes give visitors the opportunity to learn about traditional medicines and local Maasai culture. The surrounding views of the Rift Valley, Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro are incredible

Ol Donyo Lengai

Overlooking Lake Natron and the bushland of Kenya to the north, Ol Donyo Lengai, which means ‘the home of God’ in Maasai, is an active volcano and one of Tanzania’s most spectacular and undiscovered climbs. The volcano erupts sporadically, sending small streams of grey lava down the crater rim and spitting hot ash high into the air. The climb, undertaken overnight so hikers can experience sunrise over the Rift Valley escarpment, is highly challenging.

Pare Mountains

Part of the Eastern Arc range in north-eastern Tanzania, the remote Pare Mountains are extremely rewarding to the avid trekker searching for hiking trails off the beaten path. Home to the Pare tribe, agriculturalists and pastoralists who have largely retained their traditional way of life, a hike through the Pare Mountains takes visitors through local villages and beautiful forests and offers the chance to see a little-visited part of the country

Livingstone Mountains

The Livingstone Mountains are a low-altitude chain that border Lake Nyasa. Remote and difficult to reach, climbing is largely uncharted and for the most part the area remains unexplored by trekkers and guides

Usambara Mountains

The Usambara Mountains are part of the Eastern Arc chain in the north-eastern part of the country. Their western and eastern ranges are divided by a 4-km wide valley of small villages and farms, and hiking trails cover the foothills and larger peaks. Day walks and overnight treks take visitors through some of the most concentrated areas of biodiversity in Africa. Bird watching is especially rewarding, and the views from the mountaintops stretch over the Masaai Steppe and, on a clear day, as far as the Indian Ocean.