With a height of 3,417 meters above sea level, Mount Hanang is Tanzania’s third-highest peak after Kilimanjaro and the Meru Mountains. Tranquil Kilimanjaro organizes several trekking treks there. This peak is located inside the central Tanzanian government nature reserve known as Mount Hanang Nature Forest Reserve (MHNFR), which has a total area of 5,871 hectares and a length of 35.676 kilometers. The nature reserve is located in the Manyara region’s Hanang District, around 4 kilometers north of Katesh Township, the district’s administrative hub, and about 240 kilometers from Arusha City.
The reserve contains a number of steep hills that grow steeper as you move uphill. The majority of the western side is made up of granite in steep slopes.
On the western side, ridges and valleys continually cut through the forest, and the forest is located in valleys, while on the southern and eastern sides, the forest covers the ridges and valleys. In the Hanang District, which has significant rivers and streams, the MHNFR is the main source of water. Soils range from dark to grey-brown to reddish-brown to orange-red in color. Oceanic rains and continental temperatures are present in the reserve.
Due to its extensive altitudinal range and rainfall, the reserve has a comparably dense flora cover and species. There is montane forest on the western, southern, and northern slopes, as well as dry montane forest between 1,980 and 2,780 meters above sea level. Between 2,100 and 2,700 meters above sea level, there is grassland and bushland. At the edge, a thicket appears.
At the reserve’s edge are thickets, while above 2,700 meters are areas of moorland, heath, and upland.
Klipspringer, vervet monkeys, bush pigs, olive baboons, spotted hyenas, leopards, as well as numerous snakes, birds, and insects, are among the wild animals found there.
For the inhabitants of the Hanang District of the Barbaig and Iraqw tribes, the reserve serves as a significant place of prayer. Usually, large ficus trees with thorns are employed for this. The highest of Mt. Hanang’s three peaks, at 3,676 meters above sea level, provides unique locations from which to see the Hanang District’s native environment. Additionally, the Balang’dalalu and Gendabi soda lakes, the Lake Basotugang subterranean water, the Acacia woodland, and the 28,000 ha wheat complex can all be plainly observed.
The Minjingu phosphate factory and the Makuyuni commerce center on the Arusha to Babati route are two amazing sights to behold from the summit. Additionally, Mount Hanang Forest Nature Reserve is situated not far from the Great Rift Valley, a popular location for tourists looking to see large game and take pictures.
2 Days Mount Hanang Hike Overview:
- The starting and ending point for this 2-day hike is in Arusha. Alternatively, we can arrange for additional lodging and internal flights and have this journey begin and conclude in Dar es Salaam or Nairobi if you like.
- This is a private excursion that is only for you, and it may leave on any day.
- All-season 2-person tents, a mattress, and a pillow are included in the full service, non-participation camping offered by this tour.
- This trip may be carefully tailored to meet your needs. Request a personalized itinerary from us that is customized specifically for you.
View the sun rising from Mount Hanang’s peak.