Best time to visit Tanzania

Hiking in Tanzania

Hiking in Africa can't be compared with anywhere else. Here you'll have the chance to enjoy stunning nature and some of the most unique plants and trees in the world

Best time: June–October


Hiking in Tanzania offers a number of awesome choices. You can pick from various terrains and all levels of difficulty. There is something for both the experienced and the adventurous as well as those seeking something more relaxed. Tanzania's amazing parks, mountains, forests, waterfalls, and lakes feature a huge number of wild animals and birds searching for food and water or simply resting among the fresh grass and trees.

Tanzania is known for its unique national parks. Don't miss your chance to visit Serengeti, the largest national park in Tanzania. Every year tens of thousands of tourists visit this amazing park, especially during migration season.

One more popular spot is Ngorongoro Conservation Area with the famous volcanic Ngorongoro Crater. One more large territory covered with forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps is the Lake Manyara National Park. If you want to see baobab trees, Tarangire National Park is the place to go. The largest game reserve in Africa is located in Selous. It covers about 5% of the total area of Tanzania with more than 50,000 square kilometres. It is a large area with open grassland, woodlands, rivers, hills, and plains and tons of wild animals.

Mount Meru is also a great choice for a nice hike. Located in Arusha National Park, this is one of the most beautiful mountains and is the second highest in Tanzania. On your route to the peak of the volcano you'll pass through parkland, forest, and a giant heather zone. Here you'll also find the Momela Lakes, which consist of seven crater water basins.

If you want to see the most untouched places in Tanzania, visit the Ruaha National Park and Katavi National Park. They are less accessible and thus the landscape here remains untouched and offers the most unspoiled wildlife. Several seasonal lakes, Katuma River, a waterfall, and lots of excitement on the way is guaranteed. Every hiking experience in Tanzania offers not just paths, but lots to see and discover on your way.

The best season to marvel the beauty of Tanzania's treks is the dry season that runs from June to early October when the weather is most suitable and opportunities to see large animals are plentiful. Heavy rains occupy the country from November to December, and from March till May. Thus you might want to skip this time if you are an avid hiker.

Practical info

What national parks in Tanzania are known for hiking?

Serengeti, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Selous, Ruaha, and Katavi are great national parks to experience Tanzania's beauty through hiking. Each offers outstanding and different landscapes, wildlife, flora, and vegetation. For instance, Tarangire is the perfect spot to observe baobab trees, while Ngorongoro houses a volcano. Serengeti is the largest park and offers breathtaking views particularly during migration season. Show more

What is the ideal time to visit Tanzania for hiking?

The perfect time to hike in Tanzania is between June and early October, which is the dry season. During this weather-friendly period, less rain and fewer mosquitoes exist, and the temperature is cooler. Therefore, you can easily spot large animals. It is advised not to hike between November to December and March to May in the rainy season. Show more

What are some unique plant and tree species to see while hiking in Tanzania?

Hiking in Tanzania offers an awe-inspiring view of several unique plants and tree species. For example, Tarangire National Park has the Baobab trees, Mount Meru offers the giant heather trees, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area has the Aloe vera plants. Furthermore, you'll also witness diverse vegetation including grasslands, swamps, woodlands, and forests. Show more

When does the rainy season occur in Tanzania and should it be avoided while hiking?

Rainy seasons in Tanzania usually occur between November to December and March to May. During this period, hikers may experience harsh weather characterized by heavy rain, high temperatures, and mosquitoes. Therefore, it's challenging and uncomfortable to hike in this season. Thus, it's recommended to avoid hiking during these months. Show more

How difficult is it to hike to Mount Meru, Tanzania?

Mount Meru is an exceptional mountain in Tanzania that provides a unique hiking experience. The journey to the peak of the volcano includes parklands, forests, and giant heather terrains. It's regarded as moderately difficult to hike this mountain, usually taking 4-5 days and requiring good endurance levels. Although challenging, the beautiful scenery and fantastic views make the effort worthwhile. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin