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.


Popular Tanzania Safaris

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

 | 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...

 | HerdTracker’s February Wildebeest Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)

HerdTracker's February Wildebeest Calving Season Safari in Tanzania (9 days)

Travelling to Tanzania during the calving season is a sight to behold and something unique to the region...

 | The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)

The Serengeti on Foot (9 days)

There's no better way to get close to nature and feel alive than on foot, and no better place to walk than the remarkable Serengeti...

Landscape | Machame Route Up Kilimanjaro (7 days)

Machame Route Up Kilimanjaro (7 days)

For the average climber, Machame is probably the most reliable route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the roof of Africa...

 | Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Best of Africa Safari (16 days)

Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders – to the endangered mountain gorillas and East Africa's Great Migration...

Close up view of Wildebeest | Medium Budget, Maximum Game Viewing in Tanzania’s North (11 days)

Medium Budget, Maximum Game Viewing in Tanzania’s North (11 days)

Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti for a four-in-one safari you'll remember forever...

 | World Cup of Wildlife Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

World Cup of Wildlife Migration Safari with HerdTracker (9 days)

This is the stage on which the greatest wildlife show on earth and plays out, as it is by far the greatest mass movement of land mammals on the entire globe....

 | Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined

Gorilla trekking and the Great Migration Combined

Unforgettable experience in the jungles of Rwanda to track the last Mountain gorillas on earth and view the awesome Great Migration river crossings...

 | 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....

Lion cubs | 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 ...

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