mountains and lakes  

Mount Kilimanjaro

This fairytale mountain is the highest one in Africa, 5896 metres above sea level and permanently snow-capped, and is also the highest “free-standing” mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro has two peaks that can be seen in Tarangire on a clear day.

There are coffee plantations and cultivated land at the foot of the mountain. Those wishing to climb it have several routes to choose from. Marangu (1550 m above sea level) is the usual starting point.

Mount Meru

A dormant volcano rising above 4500 m. To climb to the summit takes about two and a half days and allow one day for the descent.

Oldoinyo Lengai
This is Africa’s only presently active volcano. It is situated near Lake Natron and its name means God’s mountain.

At this time there are no climbing or hiking tours avaliable at Oldoinyo Lengai.

Usambara Mountains
The Usambara Mountains are part of the Eastern Arc chain in the north-eastern part of the country. Their western and eastern ranges are divided by a 4 km wide valley of small villages and farms, and hiking trails cover the foothills and larger peaks. It is a hiker’s paradise, with dozens of varied treks from half a day to up to a week.

Bird watching is especially rewarding, and the views from the mountaintops stretch over the Maasai Steppe and, on a really clear day, as far as the Indian Ocean.
Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Meru

Oldoinyo Lengai

Usambara Montains

The lakes

The lakes of Tanzania are as dramatic as they are varied. On soda lakes like Lake Manyara and Lake Natron, wildlife gathers on the desolate salt flats and shimmering views take on a lunar landscape which at sunset descends into shades of various pastels.

The soda lakes are alkaline and brackish, home to large populations of flamingos, storks, and herons. Bird-watching and game viewing is popular activities, but must be done from a distance as the soda flats along the lake shore are difficult to walk or drive upon. Still, a visit to the soda lakes of Tanzania is an unforgettable experience. Game still thrive along their unpopulated shores and the sheer ethereal beauty of the water, colored silver and white by the mineral deposits, is an unforgettable part of the African experience.

Lake Natron
A soda lake at the base of the active Ol Donyo Lengai volcano, the area around Lake Natron is often described as having a desolate and almost lunar beauty. Walks around the lake and to the streams and waterfalls along the nearby escarpment make for a fantastic adventure off the beaten track. Here you can overnight at Lake Natron Tented Lodge from where you can visit the waterfalls or why not climb the volcano Ol Donyo Lengai and have your breakfast at the top.

Lake Eyasi
Lake Eyasi is a seasonal salt water lake that almost completely dries up in the dry season. It is situated between the Rift Valley escarpment and the Kidero Mountains.
The area is home to the Hadzabe Bushmen, some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the continent. The Hadzabe have inhabited the acacia forests and the scrubland for over 10 000 years and they still live as always.
We can arrange visits to the nearby clans, as well as other activities such as bird watching, walks and cultural tours. You spend the night at Tindiga Tented Lodge or at one of the lodges in Karatu village, only 2 hours drive from Lake Eaysi and near Ngorongoro gate.

Lake Victoria
By far the largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria’s fishing industries and the agricultural land around its shores has made the area an economic centre of Tanzania.

Lake Natron

Lake Natron

Lake Natron

Hadzabe tribe

Lake Eyasi

Lake Victoria

Although fishing is a traditional mainstay of the region, coffee and cotton production are increasing the economic importance of the area, especially in Mwanza. For visitors, attractions include trips to Rubondo Island National Park and participating in various cultural tourism programs on offer around the area.

The lake has some spectacular varieties of freshwater tropical fish, many of which are exported to aquariums all over the world. Its shores are peaceful and pristine, and offer a quiet alternative to the constant movement and bustle of a safari itinerary. Gently sloping hills lead to the soft blue waters of the lake, as fish eagles swoop at dawn and dusk eager for the small fish that swim in Victoria’s rich waters.

Bird watching and fishing trips make popular excursions and boating trips and hikes can be arranged. We recommend you to stay at Speke Bay Lodge or in Mwanza from where you can fly to most national parks and Zanzibar.



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