Mount Kilimanjaro is the crown of Tanzania, the highest peak in Africa, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, and one of the largest volcanoes. The base of the mountain is approximately 70 kilometres. A trek up Kilimanjaro provides astonishing views out over the surrounding landscape and offers an omissible chance to stand on the ‘Roof of Africa’. The ascent of Kilimanjaro (5892 metres) is achievable by any fit trekker – the key to reaching the top on a Kilimanjaro trek is good altitude acclimatisation. Kilimanjaro can be climbed all year round, however, it is not recommended during the rainy season from March to May and during the short rains in November. There are 5 main hiking trails to choose from - Marungu, Machame, Umbwe, Shira and Mweke. The most common route is Marungu, taking an average of 5 days and covering approximately 85 kilometres.
Another rewarding trek is Mount Meru (4562 metres), which goes through a series of different vegetation zones, with an abundance of wildlife at lower levels and wonderful views across to Mount Kilimanjaro.
Usambara Mountains run 100 kilometres from west to east and range from 20 to 40 kilometres in width from north to south. There are glorious hiking opportunities, which provide stunning viewpoints over the forested mountains. The tropical forests are home to endemic bird species, including the Naduk eagle owl, the Usambara alethe and the Usambara weaver.
Udzungwa Mountain National Park is one of Tanzania’s most outstanding and pristine, paradise and unique wilderness forests. The park is home to a variety of primates as well as a high biodiversity of plants and animals. The main attraction is the diverse plant, mammal, reptile, amphibian, bird, butterfly and insect life, which is not found anywhere else in the world. There are gentle walks to nearby waterfalls or day-long treks.