MAASAI VILLAGE & KIKULETWA HOT SPRINGS

Come with us and visit a real Maasai village. Unlike many other Maasai villages in the area, which have been built only for tourist purposes, Kambi ya Chooka is an authentic village founded by local Maasai. We start early in the morning and are accompanied by our English-speaking guide.

The road takes us through beautiful landscapes: African bushland where we see dried-up river beds, baobab and acacia trees and sugar cane plantations. Once we arrive in the village, please remember to be a respectful guest and don‘t take pictures of the villagers without asking.

During the visit you will have a chance to mingle with the Maasai and chat with them, but your social skills and creativity will determine how much they open up to you. Your English-speaking guide will assist you and translate into Kimaasai, as the Maasai themselves do not speak any other languages. Whilst you walk through the village with your guide, you will learn more about the culture of the Maasai.

This will include a lesson on traditional Maasai medicine and the opportunity to taste the local Maasai tea. We will also have the opportunity to visit a Maasai home.

In the early afternoon, we will leave the village and continue to the Kikuletwa Hot Springs, which are near the village of Rundugai.

The Kikuletwa Hot Springs are certainly one of the most beautiful places in Tanzania – the hot springs are surrounded by fig and palm trees and winding roots – a real hidden paradise. The crystal clear, turquoise waters invite you for a refreshing swim.

Although called a hot spring, water in Kikuletwa is not hot, but rather refreshing since the water source is from the Kilimanjaro mountain itself. After enjoying a swim, we will have a picnic lunch. Once we have relaxed fully, we will return to Moshi in the late afternoon.

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COFFEE TOUR AND WATERFALLS DAY TRIP

Materuni is the home of the Chagga tribe and is still an authentic tribal village. This charming place is just 15km away from Moshi Town and is the last village before the Kilimanjaro National Park.

You will be picked up in Moshi in the morning, by our English-speaking guide, who will drive you to Materuni Village. Upon arrival, you will register at the village office and your trip can begin.

First you will visit the waterfalls, which are around a 40 minute walk away. On the way, your guide will inform you about the culture of the Chagga, village life and explain the surrounding fauna and flora. The views are truly breathtaking, and with some luck you will see the summit of Kilimanjaro. When you reach the waterfalls, you will see that they are more than 80 meters high. The pool at the bottom of the waterfall is an inviting place for a refreshing swim so don‘t forget your swimwear!

After having enjoyed the scenery, you slowly return with your guide to Materuni village, where you will experience a traditional Chagga lunch. You also will have the opportunity to taste our local banana beer – definitely not to be missed!

But that’s not all. Next the coffee experience awaits you. Here you will learn how coffee is cultivated, dried, roasted and further processed. You will also be invited to help with the grinding of the coffee, which is traditionally accompanied by Chagga songs and dances – a fun way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Before you say goodbye and return in the afternoon to Moshi, you can savour the coffee you made and appreciate the views of the surrounding rainforest.

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LAKE CHALA DAY TRIP

Lake Chala is a unique caldera lake and is thought to be the deepest inland water body in Africa. This lake is fed by underground springs from Mt. Kilimanjaro. After breakfast we will go for a walking safari, walking at Lake Chala is a magical to experience a great diversity of life. Chala area is untouched part of a truly ancient land and a must visit place for seeing wild mammals, canoeing and fishing with the locals.

Activities include

  • Walking safari
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Camping ( to extend 30$ Including meals and camping facilities )
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SHIRA PLATEU 3850M ASL HIKING

Get a taste of trekking on Mt. Kilimanjaro without climbing all the way to the top! This day hike to the beautiful Shira Plateau begins at  Londorosi gate 2250 m and takes you through the shrub-steppe on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You’ll hike for approximately 7 hours, with little elevation gain, to shira 1 and  shira 2 elevation 3850m above the sea ,camps used by people trekking . You’ll have your picnic lunch and you can watch the hustle and bustle of guides, porters, cooks and clients arriving and setting up camp for the night. It’s a great spot for photos, too, with views to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. In the early afternoon, you’ll hike back to the vehicles for your return trip to Arusha.

Important Information:

  • Pickup: 7am

Highlights:

  • Guided hike
  • Explore the unique, higher-elevation landscapes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  • Enjoy stunning vistas of the plains below and the peaks above.
  • Picnic at Shira Base Camp and take in the bustle of camp life on the mountain.
  • Includes the expertise of a knowledgeable mountain guide.
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FULL-DAY ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

You will be picked up in the morning by our English-speaking guide at your hotel. Together, you will head to the entrance of Arusha National Park, the Ngongongare Gate. After the formalities are finished, the day’s adventure can start.

Arusha National Park is one of the smaller parks of Tanzania and is a popular destination for day trips due to its proximity to Moshi and Arusha. Despite its size, the park offers a spectacular landscape and a diverse wildlife population.

Giraffes, zebras, antelopes, buffalos, warthogs, baboons, colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and other animals can be seen all year round – as well as a large variety of bird species. With luck, you will also see leopards, elephants and hyenas.

The park’s three most significant features include Mount Meru (Tanzania’s second highest peak at 4566m), the notably different coloured Momella Lakes, and the 3km wide Ngurdoto Crater, which was formed about fifteen million years ago. Because of its stunning beauty, many scenes of the Hollywood classic “Hatari” starring John Wayne and Hardy Krüger were filmed here.

First we will drive to the Momella Gate where an armed ranger will be waiting for you to accompany you on a walking safari. Here you will have the unique opportunity to observe the wild animals close up. Only a few other national parks in Tanzania give you such an opportunity and it is something that should not be missed.

After thoroughly enjoying the walking safari, you will have lunch at a picnic spot with a wonderful view over the Momella lakes. In the afternoon you will continue with an exciting game drive, where you will see the Ngurdoto Crater and other places. During the drive, your experienced guide will tell you everything you need to know about the park, the landscape and the animals.

In the late afternoon, just before the park closes, your driver will escort you back to the hotel. On the way back, you can enjoy the sunset and your memories of the day.

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NGORONGORO CRATER DAY TRIP

At 0600 hrs in the morning, be ready for a pick up  from your stay in Arusha or Moshi town, your driver guide will collect your picnic lunches, drive 190 km on tarmac road to Ngorongoro Conservation entry gate.

From the gate, drive to the Crater Rim and spend few minutes for awesome view of the Crater from the top, descend into the crater floor for a day game drives. Ngorongoro Crater is one the largest intact caldera in the world and one of the most spectacular sights in the whole of Africa. All the BIG FIVE Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo and Elephant live in this wonderful caldera, others are Zebra, Hippo, Wildebeest, Hyena and more… Birds includes flamingos on the Soda lake, Geese, Storks, Vultures and more other bird families.

Your picnic lunch will be served in the Crater picnic site at Ngoitokok swamp, a Hippo pool, after lunch proceeds with afternoon game viewing. At 1500 hrs ascend the Crater and drive back.

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