Encounter African Trails Trip Options
- Walking and canoeing at Lake Duluti Forest Reserve
- Walking around Lake Eyasi, home of the Hadzabe bushmen
- Hiking excursions in the Pare Mountains south of Moshi
- Visiting Lake Natron and the only active volcano in Tanzania, Oldonyo Lengai
- Hiking in the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro with the opportunity to see several beautiful waterfalls
- Hiking in the Usambara Mountains of Tanga Region
- Hiking in the foothills of Mt Meru (see Cultural Trails page)
LAKE DULUTI FOREST RESERVE – HIKING & CANOEING
Lake Duluti is a papyrus-lined crater lake that was formed as a result of volcanic activity. The lake is located ten kilometers east of Arusha town in the village of Tengeru.
On this five hour tour, you will spend the morning on a nature walk and bird-watching expedition through the Lake Duluti Forest Reserve. On a clear day you will have excellent views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
After lunch we will take you on a canoe trip to explore the lake and admire its prolific birdlife, trees and papyrus plants.
Weaver Bird on the shore of Lake Duluti Canan Flower at Lake Duluti
Lake Eyasi is home of the Hadzabe tribe, the last hunter-gatherers in Africa. The lake is located on the remote southern border of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and lies at the base of the 800 m Eyasi Escarpment (part of the Western Rift Valley wall). A visit to the lake is an excellent add-on to a safari to either Ngorongoro Crater or Lake Manyara. The day long excursion includes a walk around Lake Eyasi, after which you will have a chance to visit the Hadzabe bushmen and participate in hunting activities, see how poison arrows are made and how honey is collected.
Pare Mountains - Lake Jipe
Lake Jipe is located at the base of the Pare Mountains just two hours south of Moshi town, straddling the border of Kenya and Tanzania. The small lake is home to many local water birds as well as hippopotami and crocodiles. Gazelles, elephant and the odd lion and cheetah may also be seen here. Because of the distance from Moshi / Arusha, it is recommended that this trip be a minimum of three days. After arriving, you will start by hiking through the Pare Mountains seeing village life of the Pare people. You may choose to overnight in either a homestay or guesthouse. The next day you will walk around Lake Jipe and take a tour in a local canoe. This will provide an excellent opportunity to see several East African birds found only at this lake. On the morning of day three you will leave to return to Moshi or Arusha.
The Pare Mountain range is vast; if you wish to spend additional days hiking, this can also be arranged.
View of the Lake
Lake Natron & Oldonyo Lengai
Approximately 1.5 million years old, Lake Natron is the only known breeding ground of East Africa’s 2.5 million endangered lesser flamingoes. Situated on the Rift Valley floor, Natron is overlooked by the active volcano of Oldonyo Lengai. Due to the distance from Arusha (five hours) it is recommended that this trip be combined with a safari to Ngorongoro Crater or Lake Manyara. After arriving at the lake you will walk along its shores, seeing the rare environment that makes this place suitable for flamingo habitation and breeding. You will overnight in either a guesthouse or campgrounds. The next day will see you walking to the many pools at the base of the volcano ending in hot springs. In the afternoon, you will leave to carry on with your travels either to safari or return to Arusha.
It is also possible to climb to the summit of the volcano. This is approximately a nine hour round trip trek which leaves at midnight to reach the summit at sunrise. See the Trekking Trails page for more information.
FOOTHILLS OF MT. KILIMANJARO
This adventure can be a one- or two-day tour, depending on your schedule and interests. The tour can start out of Arusha or Moshi town.
Highlights of this adventure include:
- Walking on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro and enjoying the bustle of Marangu Gate where the majority of Kilimanjaro climbs start and finish
- Visiting the waterfalls & splendid views of Materuni and Marangu villages
- Meeting with the Chagga people, the inhabitants of Moshi & Marangu
- Observing the countryside, agriculture and lifestyles of this area
Waterfalls at the slopes of Kilimanjaro, a refreshing place for a nice lunch!
HIKING IN USAMBARA MOUNTAINS
The Usambara Mountain range is located in the lush region of Tanga, approximately five hours south east of Arusha. Due to the distance of this location, it is recommended that you take a minimum of four days including travel. This trip involves hiking throughout the range, overnighting in different locations. You will hike through the Magamba rainforest and villages to reach the viewpoint overlooking the border of Tanzania and Kenya. It is also possible to mountain bike in this area.
FOOTHILLS OF MT. MERU
It is possible to hike through the foothills of Mt. Meru. See the Cultural Trails page for more information on these trips.