Materuni Coffee Tour and Waterfalls
Materuni Village is nestled in the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, just 30 minutes from Moshi. Home to the Chagga tribe, the village offers everything from breath-taking scenery, beautiful fauna and flora and an insight into the local culture and traditions. These innovative and long standing tribes produce a wealth of crops ranging from bananas, yams, sugar, maize and beans. However, Arabica coffee is the Chaggas primary cash crop and has been since colonial times. Once at Materuni village you will be given a tour of a family run Kahawa Shamba (coffee farm), where you will learn about the intricacies of growing the coffee, picking the coffee beans, removing the beans’ cover, roasting the beans, crushing them and finally tasting your very own cup of delicious coffee. We will then take a short hike to the waterfalls through the beautiful rainforest, over small streams leading to local irrigation systems and, if it’s a clear day, have views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The hike will give you the chance to speak with the locals and opportunities to learn about the infrastructures of local housing. The waterfalls are an impressive 150m high, originating from Kilimanjaro’s glaciers, and is surrounded by awesome views and birdlife. Here, you can take a refreshing dip in the cool water and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Chemka Hot Springs
In the middle of this dessert and arid area lies this beautiful mineral spring, known locally as ‘Chemka’ (meaning boiling or bubbling) Hot Springs. Located 40km from Moshi, these tranquil springs with its crystal clear, turquoise water is surrounded by huge fig trees which are often inhabited by mischievous monkeys swinging from the branches. The backdrops to this secluded spring are the Blue Mountains in the southeast (where Tanzanite is mined) and Mount Kilimanjaro in the southwest offering spectacular views. This is an ideal location for those looking for a place to relax, have a swim and take in some of Tanzania’s magnificent nature. Your guide and driver will accompany you to Chemka, where a picnic or BBQ lunch will be provided. This excursion is perfect for a full day or afternoon out, or to set up camp for an overnight stay.
This magnificent caldera lake is the ideal location to get away from it all and immerse yourself in true African wilderness, whether it be for a day or overnight. Located in the east of Kilimanjaro close to the border of Kenya, it is thought to be the deepest inland body of water in Africa. The area has abundant birdlife and a variety of wildlife including the Dik-dik, Elephants, Kudu, monkeys and baboons and offers stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Perfect for hiking; either down to the lake, short river walks or if you’re feeling very adventurous you can hike around the rim of the lake, crossing into Kenya and back again. For those just looking for tranquillity and relaxation, take the short hike down to the lake where you can have a leisurely swim, read a book and enjoy the serenity of your surroundings. If you’re spending the day you can either have a picnic or BBQ lunch in the afternoon or if you’d like to spend the night we will set up camp, and enjoy a BBQ dinner around the campfire. This truly is an excursion you just cannot miss, an opportunity to get back to nature.
Mount Kilimanjaro Day Hike
For those who don’t have the desire or the time to climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a day hike will give you the opportunity to experience a small but spectacular piece of this awe-inspiring mountain. You will follow the Marangu route, also known as the ‘Coca Cola’ route. Starting at the Marangu gate, 1,860m above sea level, your hike begins to ascend through dense forest along a small stream. After approximately a 3-4 hour hike you will reach Mandara Hut, 2,700m from the base of the mountain. Once here you can enjoy a short walk to the rim of Maundi Crater (a remnant of a volcanic vent) where the vegetation changes to moorland and offers glorious views of Moshi town on a clear day and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. You will have time to take in this natural wonder, whilst having a picnic lunch before descending back to the Marangu gate.