MOUNTAINS

Kilimanjaro

MT. KILIMANJARO

It is indeed a fascinating mountain and climbing it will take you through 5 different climatic changes as you push Africa's highest point, Uhuru Peak "Peak of Freedom" Kilimanjaro is a unique mountain with temperatures that range from +20 degree Celsius in the cultivated zone to -10 degrees Celsius and even more in the arctic zone. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of many visitors experience in Tanzania. Hiking on Africa's roof top is the adventure of a life time, and any enthusiast can be able to scale the snow peak.

The most important thing about climbing Kilimanjaro is the level of time for altitude acclimatization, no matter how difficult the route may seem.

MT. MERU

Mt. Meru is the topography center piece of Arusha National Park and is an active volcano located 70 kilometers (44 miles) west of Mt. KilimanjaroThe rewarding climb up Mt. Meru passes through forests of dripping Spanish moss and rises to open heath, spiked with giant lobelia plants. Its steep peak can be reached in 3 or 4 days.Its fertile slopes rise above surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including 400 species of birds and monkeys.

USAMBARA MOUNTAIN

The Usambara Mountain is situated in the northeastern part of Tanzania between Mount Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean Region of Tanga. It has been dubbed the "Galapagos" of the plant world. This incredibly beautiful and lush area is a welcome retreat from Tanzania's game parks and cities. Because of its pleasant climate, the mountains were favored by the Germans and the English during colonial times, as is evidenced by the numerous historic buildings from the past. The mountain region is ideal for hiking as well as some spectacular driving. From the distance the mountains is a colorful mosaic. On the fertile slopes around Soni and Lushoto farmers cultivate small plots but further away from the towns large areas are still covered by dense tropical forests.

The view points on the southern and western side of the Usambara are well known for their spectacular sceneries of the lower plains of Mkomazi and Handeni. Kilimanjaro can be seen on the horizon and at the end of the day the sunset turns the area into a tremendous pallet of unforgettable colors.

LUSHOTO

Lushoto is the major town and district center, albeit small, in the Usambara mountains, half way between the coast and the parks. It was founded by the German administration after the people of the area had been 'pacified' about 100 years ago. It offers magnificent opportunities for hiking and bird watching in the mountains , partly covered by afromontane forest. It is a great place to get away from the heat of the coast or the dust of the plains. With great people particularly hospitable and the town has a lovely vibe to it.

MKOMAZI

This small Game Reserve in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro plays a vital role in the Tsavo ecosystem, attracting much of the wildlife onto the lush carpet of perfect savannah during the Green Season. Foot Safaris, mobile bush camps and important conservation projects are further reasons as to why this area represents the future of safaris tourism.

OLDONYO LENGAI

This beautiful place is located just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, to the North east near Lake Natron. Oldonyo Lengai who's meaning in Maasai is ''Mountain of God'' has had major influence on the development on this area. Its ash has blown west wards onto the plains and has helped shaped the landscape and ecology. It is the only active volcano in the area, having erupted in 1966,1983 and recently in 2007.

MAHALE MOUNTAINS

Mahale Mountains is a remote pocket of paradise, a land of rain forested mountains that rise 7,500 feet above the sandy beaches of Lake Tanganyika. Among many other mammals, there are a thousand wild chimpanzees. These mountains provide magnificent trekking and kayaking opportunities.