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Kilimanjaro Day Trips: Culture, Coffee, Hot Springs & Waterfalls

  • Price: From $85 per person (5 people in a private 1 day Materuni waterfall, coffee & village walk without add-ons),* see all prices
  • Age restriction: No age restriction and a great experience for families, groups, couples and solo travelers.
  • Difficulty level: Low to medium fitness level of walking. Some muddy trails (in wet seasons).
  • Scenery: Waterfalls, nature, coffee & banana farms on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Walking to Materuni waterfalls

Overview

Kilimanjaro Day Trips

Embark on a captivating journey around Mount Kilimanjaro with our diverse day trips. Explore the fertile slopes of Kilimanjaro, home to the Chagga tribe, and discover their rich farming traditions in villages like Marangu and Moshi. Experience the aromatic allure of a Kilimanjaro Coffee tour, or wander through lush coffee and banana farms. Delight in the natural beauty of Materuni and Lemosho waterfalls, and soak in the serene Kikuletwa Hot Springs.

Each tour combines scenic village walks and authentic local cuisine, offering a truly Tanzanian adventure. From the vibrant waterfalls to the tranquil hot springs and traditional village life, our day trips are designed to give you a comprehensive taste of Kilimanjaro’s cultural and natural wonders.

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Route itinerary options

Click to expand the various itinerary options for this route. Itineraries indicated as * Recommended * are chosen for their duration, acclimatization and good route profile.

Day 1 - Moshi (or Arusha) to Materuni to Moshi (or Arusha)

Materuni Waterfalls

Transfer from Moshi or Arusha (08:00am to 10:00am) and drive to Materuni village on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Your day trip could include (time permitting) a village tour, guided waterfall adventure hike, coffee farm experience, banana beer making session, visit to the Kibosho church. A traditional (hot) lunch will be prepared fresh and served to you at lunch time. In the late afternoon you drive back to Moshi or Arusha.

  • Approx driving distance: 0.5-1 hour from Moshi / 2 hours from Arusha (one way) / 1-2 hours back to lodge
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Materuni village, waterfalls and activity fees
  • Optional extras: Pre or post tour accommodation
  • Meals included: Traditional hot lunch
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Day 1 - Moshi (or Arusha) to Marangu to Moshi (or Arusha)

 

Marangu WaterfallsTransfer from Moshi or Arusha (08:00am to 10:00am) and drive to Marangu village on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Your day trip can include (time permitting) visiting a waterfalls (Moonjo, Kinukamori, Ndoro or Kilasiya), banana farms, Chagga cave museum, banana beer breweing experience, local market visit (Monday or Thursdays) and plenty of Kilimanjaro view points. In the late afternoon you drive back to Moshi or Arusha.

  • Approx driving distance: 1 hour from Moshi / 3 hours from Arusha (one way) / 1-3 hours back to lodge
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Waterfall entry fees and Museum entry fees
  • Optional extras: Pre or post tour accommodation
  • Meals included: Traditional hot lunch or picnic lunchbox
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Day 1 - Moshi (or Arusha) to Old Moshi to Moshi (or Arusha)

Old Moshi Mambori WaterfallsYou start from your lodge (07:30am to 10:00am) and drive into the Old Moshi area around Kidia / Kiborloni. Your day today can include 3-4 of the following activities (all time permitting): Mambori Waterfall hike (medium fitness), village walk, Vanilla/Coffee/Spice/Banana farm tour, German historical sites & boma visit, famous Chagga Chief Mangi Meli historical Museum visit, old Lutheran stone built church visit, blacksmith visit, Kitimbirihu holistic place visit and Traditional food cooking tour. Around your activities and at lunch time you will have a local traditional lunch provided for you freshly made in the village. Later in the afternoon you will be dropped back to your lodge.

  • Approx driving distance: 0.5-1 hour from Moshi / 2-3 hours from Arusha (one way) / 1-3 hours back to lodge
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Full day village fees with up to 4 guided activities
  • Optional extras: Pre or post tour accommodation, extra activities
  • Meals included: Traditional hot lunch
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Day 1 - Moshi (or Arusha) to Chemka Hotsprings to Moshi (or Arusha)

Chemka HotspringsYou start from your lodge (08:00am to 10:00am) and drive into the Chemka Hotsprings (Rundigai village) area near Kilimanjaro Airport. Your day today can include a visit to the Kikuletwa chemka hotsprings (and a swim inside; bring your swim gear!), Rundugai village and a small waterfall nearby. You will have a picnic lunchbox provided for you however can also optionally purchase your own local food at the destination. Later in the afternoon you will be dropped back to your lodge.

  • Approx driving distance: 1-2 hours from Moshi or Arusha / 1-2 hours back to lodge
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Chemka Hotsprings entry fees, guided village walk
  • Optional extras: Pre or post tour accommodation, local lunch
  • Meals included: Picnic lunchbox
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Day 1 - Moshi (or Arusha) to Materuni to Moshi (or Arusha)

Moshi

Moshi town sign

Transfer from Moshi or Arusha (08:00am to 10:00am) and drive to Moshi Town on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Your day trip could include (time permitting) visit the main street (double road) / local vegetable and fish market / post office / bus station / Moshi airport / Moshi train stop / Supermarket / Moshi viewpoint / Makonde Arts (local artists) / Leather factory / Shirikisha handicraft workshop by deaf-mute individuals. Your lunch today can be at any number of local restaurants or coffee shops. In the late afternoon you drive back to Moshi or Arusha.

  • Approx driving distance: 0.5-1 hour from Moshi / 2 hours from Arusha (one way) / 0.5-2 hours back to lodge
  • Expected game drive: None
  • Activities usually included: Guided Moshi town tour
  • Optional extras: Pre or post tour accommodation
  • Meals included: Traditional hot lunch
  • Commonly seen animals: Unknown
  • Occasionally seen animals: Unknown
  • Rarely seen animals: Unknown

Overnight (optional)

(Speak to a tour consultant for your specific options)

Embark on an unforgettable Kilimanjaro day hike, a unique adventure that immerses you in the majesty of Africa's tallest peak without the need to summit. Our day tours are designed to cater to all levels of fitness, offering routes through the lush Marangu or Machame Rainforest, or across the expansive Shira Plateau. You can find the itinerary here: Kilimanjaro one day Hikes

Price, includes & add-ons

Click to see price indication for the various group options and group sizes avaialble. You can always request a custom quote: contact us.

Price per person (USD $)

  • 1 passenger (from/to Moshi)

    from $140 per person*
  • 2 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $110 per person*
  • 3 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $95 per person*
  • 4 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $85 per person*
  • 5 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $85 per person*
  • 6+ passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $80 per person*
  • Start and/or end the tour in Arusha

    from $100 per vehicle*
  • Start and/or end the tour at Kilimanjaro Airport

    from $50 per vehicle*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    Not available
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private day trips are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers. Local activity guides may be common with other groups on the day.
  • 1 passenger (from/to Moshi)

    from $185 per person*
  • 2 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $125 per person*
  • 3 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $115 per person*
  • 4 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $100 per person*
  • 5 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $95 per person*
  • 6+ passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $95 per person*
  • Start and/or end the tour in Arusha

    from $100 per vehicle*
  • Start and/or end the tour at Kilimanjaro Airport

    from $50 per vehicle*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    Not available
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private treks are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers.
  • 1 passenger (from/to Moshi)

    from $155 per person*
  • 2 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $120 per person*
  • 3 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $110 per person*
  • 4 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $100 per person*
  • 5 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $95 per person*
  • 6+ passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $85 per person*
  • Start and/or end the tour in Arusha

    from $100 per vehicle*
  • Start and/or end the tour at Kilimanjaro Airport

    from $50 per vehicle*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    Not available
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private treks are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers.
  • 1 passenger (from/to Moshi)

    from $70 per person*
  • 2 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $45 per person*
  • 3 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $40 per person*
  • 4 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $30 per person*
  • 5 passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $30 per person*
  • 6+ passengers (from/to Moshi)

    from $30 per person*
  • Start and/or end the tour in Arusha

    from $100 per vehicle*
  • Start and/or end the tour at Kilimanjaro Airport

    from $50 per vehicle*
  • Scheduled group (shared departure)

    Not available
  • * All prices are in USD ($) and serve as indications only for a standard package excluding pre/post accommodation, add-ons and comfort upgrades.

    Private treks are with their own dedicated crew, equipment and transfers not shared with other hikers.
  • Green season discount

    10% off*
    For day trips starting from 15 March 2024 to 31 May 2024 and 01 November 2024 to 15 December 2024.
  • * Special offers are only applicable to new bookings and valid only at the time of confirming an itinerary. All numbers after discounts will be rounded to the nearest whole number. Please check with your sales consultant if offers can be combined.

Standard packages usually include

  • All taxes, VAT and village / activity fees as applicable.
  • English-speaking local guide/s for village and town based tours.
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi (or Arusha with a supplement) based lodge to destination per group / 1 x transfer from destination to Moshi (or Arusha with a supplement) per group.
  • A picnic lunchbox or traditional lunch (recommended) with a choice of standard non-vegetarian or vegetarian or gluten-free or vegan or Hindu or Jain or Halal menu.
  • Shared public toilet facilities at destinations.
  • 500ml bottled drinking water per person.

Optional extras, add-ons and comfort upgrades

Although our standard package can be more than enough for most, we appreciate many desire certain comfort upgrades and add-ons and our tours can be customized to include as much or as little as you need.

A comfortable mid-range pre and post climb lodge just outside of Moshi town, especially convenient for the Rongai and Marangu routes.

A comfortable and budget friendly mid-range lodge in Moshi town center, convenient for all ascent and descent routes.

A convenient mid range pre-climb option for the Western routes (Lemosho, Shira, Northern Circuit) in Sanya Juu (near West Kilimanjaro).

A beautiful mid to high range post climb coffee lodge when descending via Mweka (Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe).

A western style high range lodge just outside of Moshi town centre and convenient for all ascent and descent hiking routes.

A superbly comfortable high range lodge near Arusha city center, for a luxury pre and post climb experience with a view of Mount Meru.

You can easily include your arrival and departure airport transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha Airport or Moshi Airport with our reliable fleet.

If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or other special occasion you can let us know in advance to prepare something special for your day.

A more premium menu to include more fruit, meat, vegetables and complex dishes. A customized premium menu can be included for your hike.

Standard packages usually exclude

FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about this route

Kalambo Falls is the highest waterfall in Tanzania, featuring a dramatic 215-meter drop on the Kalambo River near the Tanzania-Zambia border.

The Materuni Waterfall, located near Moshi, rises impressively to about 150 meters, making it one of the highest waterfalls on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

Materuni Waterfalls is approximately 15 kilometers from Moshi, situated in the lush landscapes of the Kilimanjaro region around the Rao area.

The Chemka Hot Springs are beautifully clear but their depth varies, with some parts deep enough for swimming. The exact depth can change due to natural factors and is not frequently documented.

The Kilimanjaro Coffee experience offers visitors a chance to see the coffee production process from bean to cup, including harvesting, drying, and roasting, all within the beautiful setting of Kilimanjaro's fertile slopes.

In the West Kilimanjaro Lemosho area, you can engage in a rich cultural tour that includes visiting both Chagga and Maasai villages, learning about their traditional ways of life, and exploring local crafts and dances.

Absolutely! Many of our day trips can be customized to fit a half-day schedule for those with tighter timelines. We recommend discussing your specific time constraints with us in advance so we can tailor the itinerary to ensure you enjoy a memorable experience without missing your flight.

Why book with Shah Tours?

Some of the reasons why you should book your hike with Shah Tours.

We are proud to operate hikes on and around Mount Kilimanjaro for 40+ years and with this comes a highly skilled and experienced team of local guides who are some of the most experienced and friendly guides.

We are proud to operate safaris in Tanzania for 40+ years and with this comes a highly skilled and experienced team of tour guides who will transfer you to and from the various day trips we offer around the Kilimanjaro region.

Many of our day activities around Kilimanjaro come with the option of a fresh, tasty and healthy local 'Chagga' style lunch which can include plantain stew, spinach curry, rice, grilled beef. Special diets can also be catered for on request.

Other routes

If this isn't the right tour for you, some of the below are alternative routes to consider.

Combine with

This package is usually combined with one of the below. We can also tailor a custom itinerary combining any of our packages for you.

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