Tanzania is not only about beautiful animals and luxury hotels; the country’s regions are surrounded by some of the largest volcanic mountains that are both active and extinct supported by a number of fauna and flora.
There are more than 20 Volcanic Mountains in Tanzania; JovagoTanzania shares the best top 5 Volcanic Mountains in the country.
1. Ol Doinyo Lengai Mountain (2962 meters high)
The local people, Masai, call it ‘Mountain of God’.It has been recorded with more than 10 eruptions since 1883, the latest one recorded in 2013. Several earthquakes and ashes from the mountain make them believe it is their God’s acts of aggression or happiness during the time.
2. Kilimanjaro Mountain
This is the highest Mountain in Africa and it rises approximately 19,341 ft above the sea level. The Mountain erupted between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. The interesting thing is that it has three volcanic cones; Kibo- the highest peak which is dormant and the remaining two Mawenzi and Shira are extinct.
3. Mount Meru
This Mountain is located just 70 Kilometers west of Kilimanjaro Mountain. It is the fourth highest mountain in Africa and it had a minor eruption recorded back in 1910. The earliest activity of Volcano in Meru is estimated over 1.5 million years ago. The mountain is a topographic centerpiece of Arusha National Park in Northern Tanzania.
4. Mount Rungwe (9780 ft.)
This is another dormant volcanic mountain which is found under Rungwe forest reserve, where the Eastern and Western arms of a Rift Valley meet. It is found in Mbeya region, Southern Tanzania.
5. Gelai Volcano Mountain
The Mountain is found around the Crater highlands regions in the southern edge of the rift valley. The earliest activity of eruption can be dated back in less than one million years ago.