Explore Tanzania With Wildland Trekking

From the sublime beaches of Zanzibar to the expansive plains of the Serengeti and the shadowing peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the richness of this East African country has something extraordinary for everyone. Home to richly diverse and ancient cultures, more than a third Tanzania’s landmass is protected conservation land.

Named for its unification of two separate entities Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania was formed in 1964. Located in East Africa, Tanzania is bordered by 885 miles of Indian Ocean coastline to the east within which is the Archipelago of Zanzibar. The densely forested northeastern part of the country is home to the continent’s tallest peak and world’s highest free-standing volcano, Mt. Kilimanjaro. This mountainous region gives way to an expansive plateau in the center of the nation, home to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro National Park, and the wild landscapes of the savanna.

Experience this expansive wilderness for yourself by summiting Kilimanjaro or taking a wildlife safari on one of Wildland Trekking’s premium multi-day trips.


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When to Go

The climate in Tanzania is moderate to hot, depending on the region and time of year. Higher altitude areas have temperatures ranging from 50-68°F, while the remainder of the country rarely sees temperatures fall below 68°F. Rainfall is most persistent from October through April, amplified from October through December and March through May – during the seasonal migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone. Limited climatic variation occurs on the coastline, aside from the rainy season, with temperatures averaging 86°F. You can expect long days of sunshine and sea breezes mitigating the daytime humidity. We schedule our Wildland Trekking Tanzania tours to take advantage of the less rainy times of the year.

High Season

June, July, August, and September are the winter months in Tanzania, marked by cooler and drier conditions. The climate lends itself to sparse foliage and diminishing water sources, drawing the wildlife to congregate around remaining flowing rivers and oases, making them easier to view. Drier conditions also contribute to fewer mosquitoes, which can make your stay in Tanzania much more comfortable! While accommodations are fully operational at this time of year, the hotels in popular areas get booked up quickly. To take advantage of these ideal weather conditions, Wildland Trekking offers both the Kilimanjaro Trek and the Wildlife Safari during the high season.

Shoulder Season

October through February marks the shoulder season in Tanzania, with very high summer temperatures from December through February. However, Tanzania’s coastline experiences its high season from November to February as a popular destination for visitors from the Northern Hemisphere. There is some relief from the heat in late October with the short rains of the mvuli and the seasonal trade winds (kusi) blowing. The shoulder season is marked by incredible wildlife activities, with many birds migrating to East Africa from Europe between October and April, and calving (with associated predation) happening from January through March.

Low Season

March, April, and May bring heavy rains, which create muddy roads and limit accessibility in some areas. The landscape becomes lush with the much-needed water. Accommodations during this time can be limited due to low visitation, and some venues may offer discounted rates.

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Trip Dates

Wildland Trekking only schedules a select few excursions to Tanzania per year to take advantage of ideal weather and accommodations conditions. You can view our trip dates available by searching during your desired moth to travel on our Tour Calendar page, or by visiting the specific trip page for either Kilimanjaro or Safari and scrolling down to the Trip Dates and Booking section. Our trips are scheduled well in advance, maximizing the time you have available to coordinate your own schedule and prepare for the trip.

Check the Weather

With relatively predictable weather patterns, planning for the conditions is mostly straight-forward. However, temperatures and conditions vary by region, so be sure that you are prepared for all expected weather conditions. You should always check current conditions leading up to your trip to be the most prepared.

Pack Smart

Researching historical temperature averages by month for the region(s) you plan to visit is the best way to prepare for your trek or tour. You can also reference the Tanzania packing list for our clothing and gear recommendations. Lightweight, breathable waterproof layers will be helpful if traveling during the wetter seasons, as will bug repellent and sunscreen.

We will share a comprehensive guide and packing list once you register for a trip. Additionally, you will have access to our top-of-the-line gear for the trek to maximize your comfort and enjoyment.

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Trip Styles

Portered Trek

Rising 19,340 feet above the surrounding valleys, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and one of the Seven Summits of the world. Our trek to the summit travels along both the Rongai Route and the Marangu Route. These paths offer an off-the-beaten-path experience for greater tranquility and unparalleled views. We’ve created a 10-day itinerary to aid in our guests’ acclimatization to altitude and elevation. Therefore, our trips have a high success rate in reaching the summit!

We offer the option to extend your time in Tanzania by adding-on the Wildlife Safari and Cultural Tour. This additional tour will visit the Maasai and Hadzabe tribes, and observe savanna wildlife.

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Jeep Safaris

Immerse yourself in the colorful cultures of Africa! You’ll learn about traditional ways of life by camping with the Massai tribe on the Simanjiro Plain and visiting the hunter-gatherer Hadzabe tribe and the Datoga people on Lake Eyasi. Driving from there to the savanna, we will view exotic wildlife roaming the plains before finishing the 6-day tour with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera and a World Heritage Site.

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Deeper Dive: Our Top Recommended Trips

Kilimanjaro Trek: Our #1 Recommended Tanzania Trip

The awe-inspiring wildness and diversity of Tanzania abound throughout the country, but reaching the “Roof of Africa” is not something to be missed. Join us on a portered trek to reach the summit of this free-standing volcano! You’ll enjoy full meals, comfortable camping accommodations, and lesser-visited routes.

Trip Highlights:

  • Attempt Africa’s highest peak!
  • World-class hiking with amazing views
  • Comfortable tents and camps
  • Fresh, local & organic cuisine
  • Amazing natural and cultural history
  • An array of African wildlife
  • Add-on safari for a complete African adventure experience

We have developed a well-tested acclimatization process giving you an extra rest day to experience the local culture and increase your chances of a successful summit. Have a look at the itinerary below to get a sense of how we structure this trek:

Day 1

We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport in between Moshi and Arusha, Tanzania, and shuttle you roughly 1.5 hours to the Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort (or a comparable hotel) to check into the hotel rooms before having our orientation meeting and dinner.

DAY 2

This morning we will enjoy our first Tanzanian breakfast at the resort before beginning a day of exploring and learning the cultural history of the local people. The main purpose of today is to serve as an acclimatization and rest day. Our hotel is located at roughly 4,900 feet above sea level, which is a great place to begin acclimatization.

After a thorough sleep-in and breakfast, we will set out on local tours. Lunch and dinner today are at our hotel. Tonight, after dinner, your guides will host the orientation meeting for your Kilimanjaro trek and explain packing and other important information for a successful and safe hike!

DAY 3

Today is the official start of our expedition to climb Kilimanjaro! Our first stop will be at the Kilimanjaro National Park’s Marangu Gate to sign in for our trek. Then, we head out on a roughly 3-hour drive to the village of Nale Moru (6,397 ft.) where our trek begins. In Nale Moru, after meeting our entire crew and team, we will have a hot lunch. We begin hiking on a path that starts to climb gently and consistently through the beautiful, temperate forests that drape the foothills of Kilimanjaro. We continue hiking until we arrive at Simba Camp for the night (8,500 feet).

DAY 4

This morning we have a gradual hike up to Second Cave (11,300 ft.) and have lunch upon our arrival. We will soak up amazing views of Kibo Peak on Kilimanjaro and the Eastern Ice Fields sitting on the crater rim. (12,057 ft.). After lunch, we will visit a large cave and pre-historic lava tube, where we can hike and explore if time permits. We will then continue to camp at Kikelewa cave, where we will have snacks and hot drinks before being served an amazing dinner.

DAY 5

This morning we have a wonderful breakfast and depart Kikelewa Cave and ascend until we reach Mawenzi Tarn campsite (14,114 ft.) The hike today is relatively short, and we will make it to camp before lunch. After a hot lunch, we will go on an acclimatization hike up the surrounding area. We will be back at camp with time to wash up before dinner.

DAY 6

Today will serve as a layover and rest day. We will have a sleep in and some light exercise as we hike near Mawenzi Peak. This rest day at this altitude will aide our group in acclimatization for the subsequent summit day. We will eat a hot lunch and big dinner before going to sleep early to prepare for the next day.

DAY 7

This morning we leave camp with beautiful views of Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks. At 14,000 ft. it can be challenging to hike, so we will take our time and begin trekking across the high altitude desert to the campsite at Kibo. Upon arrival at the Kibo around mid-day, we will eat lunch and then rest in our tents before enjoying dinner around 6 pm. After dinner, we will go to sleep until around 11:30 pm. We will then have hot drinks and biscuits before starting our ascent up to the Kilimanjaro summit!

DAY 8

As we begin our summit attempt, we will only bring what we need. We will continue hiking with our goal to reach the edge of the crater, Gillman’s peak, and then the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak. Looking down on the valleys and forests surrounding Kilimanjaro as the sun rises, most hikers feel this is one of the most memorable half-hours of their lives. After taking photos at Uhuru peak, we will begin our descent back to basecamp. Upon arrival at basecamp, we will rest and have lunch before beginning our 3-hour (gentle) descent to Horombo camp.

DAY 9

Today is the last day of our trek on Mount Kilimanjaro, and it’s a long hike. We will be descending to where we registered at the Marangu Gate and have a celebratory lunch upon arrival. We stop at the Mandara Huts for a long break before continuing down to the park entrance. For those guests who made the summit of Kilimanjaro or climbed to Gillman’s point, you can collect your certificates before saying goodbye to our support staff.

For the guests only hiking Kilimanjaro (and not joining the safari), you will be at the Weru Weru River Lodge tonight.

Those of you moving on to the Cultural Tour and Wildlife Safari will transfer to the Milimani Lodge for dinner and a good night’s rest.

DAY 10

We will transport guests only hiking Kilimanjaro back to Kilimanjaro International Airport after breakfast. Therefore, please book your flight for no earlier than 9 am. For guests joining the Safari, today is Day 1 of the Safari, so we will leave early and transfer to our first day’s activities (detailed on the Safari trip page.)

OPTIONAL ADD-ON SAFARI

Make the most of your time in Africa with an add-on Safari tour that takes place after your trek to Kilimanjaro (on Day 10)! Six days in length and all-inclusive, our Safari Add-on tour is an opportunity to experience Africa’s amazing wildlife and unique, colorful cultures.

Learn more and book your Kilimanjaro Trek today!

 

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Need to Know

Wildland Trekking is pleased to handle all logistics during your trip. All your pre- and post-trip plans are up to you, however. With that in mind, let’s cover essential travel information for Tanzania

Primary Departure City For Tanzania Adventures

Both of our Tanzania trips begin and end at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, located between Moshi and Arusha, Tanzania. A Wildland Trekking representative will be waiting at the airport to take you to your first night’s accommodation. If you’re planning on arriving early to explore Tanzania before your trip, please plan to arrive at the airport on Day 1 before 3 pm for the Kilimanjaro Trek or the day prior to Day 1 by 3 pm for the Wildlife Safari. Otherwise, coordinate your rendezvous with your guide and see our travel resources page for more information.

Booking Advice

Because we only run a few trips to Tanzania per year, be sure to get your spot by booking early. We also advise that you book your trip with us before reserving your flight. Doing so will ensure that your booking is confirmed prior to making other travel arrangements. 

General Travel Advice for Tanzania

Tanzania is rich with attractions and opportunities for adventurous visitors. However, limited or inconsistent tourism infrastructure makes completely independent travel a less viable option for travelers. Therefore, let’s cover a few things you should know before you arrive to make sure that you get the most out of your adventure.

Transportation and Lodging

We organize all the transportation for you during the trip. However, if you are continuing by yourself afterward, you will be faced with the options of either a self-driven exploration, local transport (dalla-dalla or taxi), hiring a driver, or light aircraft. If time is a concern, going with the latter option will be most efficient and link major highlights with daily flights. Remember that distances are long, and typically rough, between destinations. Consequently, be sure that your itinerary allows plenty of time to arrive and enjoy your destination. 

Lesser used modes of transportation include bicycle touring on secondary roads, boat transport between islands of the archipelago, train travel, and either express or ordinary bus; there are limited options for luxury buses. Note that road accidents are likely the biggest safety risk while traveling in Tanzania, so use caution in choosing your method of transportation.

Visa Information for Tanzania

If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a tourist visa to visit Tanzania. This visa is available for $100. You can apply for a visa online before travel, including payment, and print the approved grant notice to show authorities upon arrival. Alternatively, travelers may obtain a visa upon arrival. However, be prepared with cash in case electronic payments are currently unavailable. See the U.S. Department of State’s Tanzania page for the most recent visa and travel information

Deeper Dive: More Need to Know Info

Vaccinations

As with any international travel, you will want to be sure that your vaccinations are up to date. We recommend you speak to a travel doctor before you go, as well as your primary care physician, if you have regular medications or chronic illness.

Because Tanzania is a developing country in the tropics, there are some health risks that you need to consider. First, make sure you’ve had all your routine shots and boosters against the usual suspects – including: measles, mumps, rubella, diptheria, tetanus, polio, and influenza – along with any other immunizations that your doctor recommends.

Additional vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include: 

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid 
  • Boosters for tetanus, Diptheria and measles

The CDC also recommends talking to your doctor about how to prevent malaria when traveling in Tanzania. All areas of the country below 5,906 ft in elevation are considered at-risk for malaria. Always remember, the best way to stay protected is to prevent being bitten. Be sure to pack mosquito repellent and protective clothing to decrease your chances of being bit. Other recommendations are to carry a yellow fever vaccination certificate – although this is not required to enter the country unless you’re arriving from an infected area.

Be sure to speak to a travel doctor with experience in tropical diseases to make sure you have all the facts. You can also read more about your options on the CDC’s Tanzania guide.

Currency

The currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, which is accessible from the many ATMs located in major towns. Cash is the primary method of payment. This even applies to many hotels, although Visa and Mastercard are required for paying fees at most national parks.

Cultural Tips

Homosexuality is culturally taboo in Tanzania. In fact, it is illegal in the country. Public displays of affection between people of the same or opposite sex are frowned upon, and prosecutions for homosexuality are commonplace. 

Traveling to Africa will likely expose you to ways of life and poverty that you’ve never witnessed or even imagined still existed. Be emotionally prepared to experience your reality take a turn, and stay open-minded about the diverse ways of life that persist. 

Trip Insurance

While we hope that our wilderness adventures will go off without a hitch and only leave us with beautiful memories, sometimes unexpected events happen. Any unforeseen circumstances that could harm, hinder, or otherwise harass your travel plans are covered if traveling with comprehensive travel insurance, which is why we strongly recommend it! These circumstances may include accidents that require medical evacuation, natural disasters, extreme weather, or any number of other events that we cannot predict in advance.

We offer several trip insurance packages that cover all reasonable risks you may encounter on your journey. If you choose to travel with a different insurance provider, please be sure to check the exact nature of your coverage to ensure you are adequately protected.

Packing List

Wildland Trekking will provide most of the items you will need on the trail, such as packs and food. However, we ask that you supply a few gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person, and essential items like sunscreen, bug repellent, lip balm, and toiletries. Most of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks is also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour.

Conditioning

Mt. Kilimanjaro is known to be one of the most accessible summits, but elevation and long days can make it challenging. This trek is active, requiring hiking from 4 up to about 12 miles per day. If you don’t hike regularly, we recommend you physically and mentally prepare yourself for your adventure. 

Take advantage of our training tips as the perfect starting point to prepare yourself. Start easy, tailor the workouts to your particular circumstances, and you will be ready to enjoy your trekking vacation in no time!


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Have more questions? Send us an email or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453). We’re here 7 days a week from 9:00 to 4:30 Mountain Time to make sure your trip planning goes as smoothly as possible.

 

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Trip Information

For more information about all your options, check out our Tanzania page on the website with the button below! Individual trip pages have detailed itineraries, trip specifics, travel information, and more.

 

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