An active Tanzania adventure

There are plenty of good active holiday options in Tanzania, including hiking and mountain climbing, chimpanzee trekking, walking safaris, snorkelling and scuba diving, and even the iconic Kilimanjaro Marathon.

Chimpanzee trekking makes getting active fun

Hiking, trekking and mountain climbing lead the way in terms of active holiday pursuits available in Tanzania. Whether you set foot on the summit of one of Tanzania’s highest mountains or just walk through the indigenous forests on the lower slopes for a few hours, trekking in this country has something for everyone: volcanoes, mountain ranges, high plateaus, craters, lakes and forests offer superb possibilities for everything from short hikes or longer multi-day treks.

Hiking through Tanzania's indigenous forests

Without a doubt, Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, with its six official climbing routes, is Tanzania’s most popular trekking attraction. Kili climbs last from five to ten days with Lemosho and Rongai being the routes of choice. Neighbouring Mount Meru (4,566 metres) is less well known, but just as attractive a trekking proposition, especially considering that it is located inside the Arusha National Park with animals like elephants, buffaloes, giraffes and colobus monkeys to ensure that your trek is both active and adventurous. Other lesser known volcanoes and climbable mountains in northern Tanzania include: Mount Lomalasin (3,648 m), Mount Hanang (3,417 m), Ol Doinyo Lengai (2,878 m) and Mount Longido (2,637 m).

A herd of elephant in Arusha National Park

Even if you harbour no summit ambitions, there are plenty of quality hiking options with a three- to five-day trek through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Lake Natron, which affords an opportunity to experience Maasai culture en route, being amongst the best of them. Other multi-day hiking options are available in the western Usambara Mountains. In southern Tanzania, you can go hiking through the pristine and untrammelled Udzungwa Mountains National Park, or trekking for chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains or Gombe Stream national parks.

Usambara Mountains

Another great way to stretch your legs is on a Big Five walking safari inside one of Tanzania’s protected areas. The top five options for this exhilarating undertaking are: Serengeti, Tarangire, Katavi, Ruaha and the Selous. Dangerous game abounds, so make sure to go with a reputable operator and have a well-trained and experienced walking guide leading you on your foray into the wilderness. This active experience is far more than simply exercise, it is an opportunity to reconnect with nature and appreciate the rejuvenating power of wilderness, while the constant possibility of big game encounters adds a strong dimension of anticipation and exhilaration.

Walking safaris in the African bush are a great activity

For visitors who prefer water-based activities, snorkelling with the whale sharks off Mafia Island or scuba diving in the azure waters surrounding the Spice Islands are great options to explore.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings (10 days)

day 1

Arrival in Arusha
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 2

Sabora Plains | Serengeti
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 3

Sabora Plains | Grumeti River
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 4

Enjoy lunch at Sasakwa
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 5

Olakira Camp | Mara River
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 6

Olakira Camp | Mara River
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 7

Olakira Camp | Mara River
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 8

Rekero Camp | Masai Mara
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 9

Rekero Camp | Masai Mara
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 10

Rekero Camp | Masai Mara
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)
  • Spectacular July to September Wildebeest River Crossings  (10 days)

day 11

End of Journey

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Popular Tanzania Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | June to July Wildebeest Migration Safari in Tanzania with Herdtracker (9 days)

June to July Wildebeest Migration Safari in Tanzania with Herdtracker (9 days)

If the great migration is on your travel bucket list, then this memorable safari in Tanzania is ideal for you....

 | Honeymoon Safari in the Serengeti National Park (6 days)

Honeymoon Safari in the Serengeti National Park (6 days)

Enjoy a romantic honeymoon at the Ngorongoro Crater where you can spot the Big Five and experience the wildlife-rich Serengeti National Park...

Stopping for drinks | Affordable Green Season Safari in Tanzania (8 days)

Affordable Green Season Safari in Tanzania (8 days)

From Lake Manyara to the Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti, this Tanzania safari offers real value and shows off the burgeoning green world of Tanzania's rainy season migration ...

 | Wildebeest Migration, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar Journey (12 days)

Wildebeest Migration, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar Journey (12 days)

This blockbuster Tanzania safari will show you the best of the country's outstanding wildlife and the beach paradise of Zanzibar...

 | Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days)

Great Migration Safari in the Serengeti (9 days)

Join HerdTracker on a Tanzania migration safari in the Serengeti National Park....

 | June to July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania with HerdTracker (9 days)

June to July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania with HerdTracker (9 days)

HerdTracker invites you to join them on a migration safari in Tanzania's Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park....

 | Tanzania couples safari

Tanzania couples safari

Enjoy the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the paradise of Zanzibar...

 | Group Safari into Northern Tanzania (7 days)

Group Safari into Northern Tanzania (7 days)

Travel is so much better with friends. Experience the best parts of Tanzania through breath-taking landscapes, nature and wildlife at its best...

 | Tanzania June/July Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

Tanzania June/July Great Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

Explore the wonder of the great wildebeest migration from the best Tanzania has to offer...

Game viewing | Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

Green Season Wildebeest Migration Safari (11 days)

This four-in-one calving season safari includes not only the Serengeti, but Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the Ngorogoro Crater...



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