Heading to Mount Kilimanjaro is overwhelmingly the most popular hiking attraction in Tanzania, with many people opting to climb the peak and add a safari on to the end of the trip.
There are seven different routes to the summit of the peak – Lemosho, Lemosho Western-Breach, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe – all of which take between 5 and 10 days. Of these, the Marangu is considered the easiest and is the most popular.
Aside from Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, in Arusha National Park, is another popular hiking option. At 4,556 meters (14,947 feet), Meru is the fifth highest peak in Africa and second tallest in Tanzania. It is frequently used as an acclimatization hike for those heading to Kilimanjaro.
The peak is not technically difficult to climb and only takes three days. However, there is considerable elevation gain, so it is best to be in good physical condition before attempting to do so.
During the hiking season, average daily temperatures are usually in the mid to upper-20s (upper 70s to lower 80s). The two dry seasons barely experience any rain.
Any trip to Tanzania’s hiking hotspots likely begins with a flight into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Most guides will opt to meet you here and provide transport to the start of the trip.
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