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1 day Kilimanjaro culture, coffee, hotspring or waterfall experience

  • Visit Materuni or Marangu waterfalls
  • Day trips from Moshi or Arusha
  • Kilimanjaro coffee tour at Materuni experieicing local farming from bean to cup.
  • Meet the local chagga or 'Wachagga' tribe who live on the foothills of Kilimanjaro
  • Visit the Chemka hotsprings for a day trip
  • Explore the village of 'Old Moshi' and Mambori waterfalls
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Materuni Waterfalls

Overview

One day trips from Moshi (or Arusha)

The lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro are home to the 'Wachagga' or Chagga tribe who primarily rely on farming for their livelihood as the foothills of Kilimanjaro produce a fertile and rich soil for coffee, banana and much more to grow. You can interact with the locals or spend your day in nature at the Materuni waterfalls and village, Marangu waterfalls and village or Mambori waterfalls and old Moshi. Just a little further out of Moshi you could also spend the day relaxing at the Chemka hot springs. Many of our day trips are combined with traditional or local lunches so you get a full Tanzanian experience.

Itinerary

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)

Price, includes, add-ons and excludes

Prices depend on your group size, exact route chosen, dates of travel and much more. You can see our standard includes, optional extras / add-ons / comfort upgrades and standard excludes below.

Standard packages usually include

  • All taxes and VAT applicable
  • Entrance / village / activity fees as applicable to the planned itinerary
  • Transfers as applicable from the start point to the end point from Moshi (or Arusha with a supplement) with an English speaking driver-guide
  • Optional pre-tour briefing with the guide / a tour consultant in Moshi (or Arusha with a supplement)
  • Local English speaking activity guides as applicable
  • Traditional lunch (or picnic lunchbox) as indicated in the tour with 500ml bottled drinking water

Optional extras, add-ons and comfort upgrades

  • Pre climb or post tour accommodation
  • Airport or other transfers and additional vehicles not included within the route / package
  • Domestic flights
  • Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation membership
  • Pre-included tip (paid with salary)
  • Personal equipment such as hiking boots, walking poles, rain coat, day pack etc.

Standard packages usually exclude

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature

When to visit

These recommendations are based on weather patterns and trends. Mountains are extremely unpredictable and we always recommend you to be prepared for any weather outcome regardless of the predicted season.

Excellent time

January, February, July, August, September, October

Within our predicted dry season, these months generally have dry conditions and good mountain weather making the activities and conditions more achievable. These are also the busiest months and you may find all destinations are busy in this period.

Good time

March, June, November, December

These months generally are between our dry season and wet season where conditions are generally dry at the destinations on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, however you may still experience some rain and muddy conditions. These are generally great months for those looking to avoid the crowds as most will  travel in the excellent time above.

Mixed time

April, May

Our predicted 'long rain' season in Tanzania where the chances of rain are high and downpours can be heavy (tropical!) and make the walk through villages or to waterfalls extremely difficult. For a seasoned hiker this can be a great time to avoid all of the crowds who usually skip these months.

Other routes

If this isn't the right route 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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