Mountain trekking opportunities abound in northern Tanzania where the Great Rift Valley has spawned some of Africa’s greatest mountains. We look forward to taking you trekking in our very special corner of the world, including:
Mount Kilimanjaro – This iconic snow-capped dormant volcano is Africa’s highest peak at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level. Trekking on Kilimanjaro takes you through five different climatic zones, from tropical rainforest at the base to arctic conditions with permanent glaciers near the summit.
Mount Meru – Another dormant classical cone-shaped volcano, Mount Meru, rising only 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Kilimanjaro, stands 4,565 meters (14,968 feet) above sea level, making it Africa’s seventh highest mountain. Trekking on Mount Meru, inside Arusha National Park, gives you superb wildlife spotting opportunities, with dramatic views of Kilimanjaro at every turn.
Oldony’o Lengai – Known by the Maasai at the ‘Mountain of God’, Oldony’o Lengai is an active volcano and the world’s only carbonatite cool-lava stratovolcano. Described by Wired Magazine as the most unique volcano on the earth, its carbonatite lava contains calcium, sodium and carbon dioxide creating silvery black magma eruptions which glow dark red at night!
Mount Longido – The wild forested slopes on Mount Longido are the backdrop to our private bush campsite and the bespoke Maasailand treks we offer in this area. Trekking in the bush on animal trails, where no other tourists go, gives us the chance of seeing wild game species which are not seen in the national parks, and meeting true pastoralist Maasai along the way…. An authentic experience not unlike going back in time.
It’s hard to believe these diverse and unique landscapes coexist within such a relatively small area. Moreover, these geographical phenomena and the biodiversity they shelter exist only here in the north of Tanzania.
Trekking allows you to become part of the landscape and get up close and personal with the wildlife and nature. It’s a privilege to visit these wilderness areas, a grounding and humbling experience that creates the memories of a lifetime.
Wow, what a great experience! The final walk up the summit ridge was a just an amazing feeling and luckily, weather conditions on the top cleared up after starting from School Hut in lightly falling snow.
Everything ran like a well-oiled machine. We just couldn’t fault it! We really liked the team approach across porters and guiding staff. I know that these things don’t just happen and you should be proud of your staff and their efforts. Would I recommend a Nature Discovery Kili trek to friends and family – absolutely! That to me is always the test after completing something like this.
Your advice as to the Shira Plateau route was spot on. Excellent to get the necessary acclimatization time in and nobody suffered from altitude sickness. Having experience that at Everest Base Camp, I was very pleased (and relieved) to come through unscathed this time.
Some specific comments:
Hire gear was great.
Food was exceptional, both as to variety, quality and quantity. Our chef, Felisiana August was superb and turned out meals of a consistently high standard. Both the menu design was excellent and we were continually surprised as our waiter Good Luck announced each evening what we were having.
Guide team: Onest Mtui is the sort of person you just trust and respect. Quietly spoken, very knowledgeable, and as we headed up the mountain on summit day with the ground covered in snow, you just knew that he was right on top of his game. Excellent man and we all really enjoyed his company.
Assistant guide William Bwenje is someone that you need to keep in mind when you are looking to promote new head guides. Both Michael and I were impressed with his depth and maturity. He anticipated problems, worked with people who needed assistance, demonstrated really good leadership qualities and has a very good grasp of English. The overall caliber of your people on our trek was just superb.
So in summary, I must compliment you and all the team on a job well done.
Nature Discovery were a phenomenal outfit: professional, knowledgeable and excellent fun. We climbed in a huge group to set a Guinness World Record for the highest altitude football game ever played (Equal Playing Field) but the silent heros and heroines were Nature Discovery crew. Every single individual, from the guides to the porters to the cooks to the sanitary crew made our dreams come true. If you want an ethical, professional, well managed, fun loving outfit, go with Nature Discovery!
My two sons and I just got back from a successful summit climb on Kilimanjaro. We had a fabulous time, with the full support and friendship of our Nature Discovery crew. We were confident we had the highest quality group on the mountain. They were professional, knowledgeable, and experienced. We couldn’t have asked for a better trip!