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When we plan our trips to Tanzania, we don’t all have a month or more at our disposal. That’s why we can’t all climb all the way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Why is that? Because it takes at least five days, and because climbing up a steep mountain for five days straight is not something everyone is willing to do, and that’s perfectly understandable. So, what are some day hikes to do in Tanzania?
Let’s first understand that it would be a shame to come to Tanzania and not enjoy a good day hike. The beautiful scenery, the opportunity to spot some wildlife, the rise in self-esteem when reaching the endpoint and, of course, the main draw of such an activity in such a country, the sense of adventure!
So, without further ado, here are our five best day hikes to do in Tanzania.
1. Makarot Peak
Starting in the beautiful acacia trees valley, this walk is a steady climb with views of Lake Eyasi and Endulen, and the plains of the Serengeti unfurling below you. Buffalos and baboons might appear to see who’s passing through their land.
Length: 6 hours
2. Empakaai Crater
This walk is a steep one, but the reward is worth the sweat. The crater is an old volcano now filled by a huge salt lake. Now, add to this image about a million of colors, from the lush green vegetation all around, to the pink flamingos lining the shore, without forgetting all kinds of birds and the ever-changing shades of blue of the lake itself. Now, you know why it’s definitely one of the top day hikes to do in Tanzania.
Length: 5 hours
This hike leads to a magnificent waterfall at the base of Mount Meru. The way winds through the small villages around Arusha until it enters the rainforest. There, the real adventure begins, with a river crossing, oh-so-green vegetation and mist, until the final waterfall. Waterproof will be the key word when getting ready for this one. There’s even a way to go stand behind the Navuru Waterfall!
Length: 6 hours
This hike in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park is very popular because of the wildlife that can easily be seen there, including colorful insects, butterflies and the very rare Sanje Mangebys primates! The endpoint is a beautiful waterfall with a 40m drop.
Length: 4 hours
5. Hanang Mountain
This last one is not messing around. It’s a 6-hour steep climb to get to the top of the 4th highest mountain in Tanzania. But, as you would expect, the view from up there is worth every aching toe and drop of sweat.
Length: 10 hours
Just remember that Tanzania is not somewhere you can just go traipsing about on your own. You need to hire a local guide, as well as bring lots of water, good hiking shoes and all of your willpower. Then, you’re ready to go. Open your eyes wide and step into the jungle for day hikes to do in Tanzania. To the next adventure!
Written by Cora for Triperiod. Rights to all content with Triperiod.