7. Kilimanjaro: Maasai village visit, waterfalls & coffee tour
We will pick you up in the morning from your hotel in Arusha, Moshi or upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro/Arusha airports in a clean airconditioned vehicle and drive short distance to Materuni village. Materuni village is still an authentic tribal village home to the Chagga tribe and the last village before the Kilimanjaro National Park. We will start by a village walk to visit Materuni waterfalls, which are around a 45 mins away. On the way, learn about the culture of the Chagga tribe, village life, and the surrounding flora and fauna with your guide. Admire the breathtaking views and with luck, catch sight of the summit of Kilimanjaro, On the way trail can be slippery & muddy, best to have good hiking shoes with grip and a rain coat. When you reach the waterfalls, marvel at cascades that are more than 80-meters (262-feet) high. After enjoying the scenery we slowly return with your guide to Materuni village to experience a traditional Chagga lunch and opt to taste our local banana beer! You will 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, You will make your own cup of coffee using traditional ways, taste local coffee and gain knowledge about Tanzania coffee Industry. Before you say goodbye, you can savor the coffee you made and appreciate the views of the surrounding rainforest before driving a short distance from Moshi to a Maasai village near Kilimanjaro airport. Maasai community live in small mud-thatched villages, surrounded by their cattle and smaller livestock. For hundreds of years the Maasai have roamed these lands of Tanzania, living a free, nomadic lifestyle. A highlight of your Kilimanjaro climb or safari vacation is a visit with these Maasai people. Many of the tribal villages welcome visitors to their villages to view up close their culture and lifestyle. On this day trip you will have a special opportunity to experience with Maasai Community. At the village, you experience many traditional aspects of Maasai life, but also see how the Maasai adapt to development and contact with modern civilization. All visits are planned and arranged by the Maasai themselves; they will show you their traditional Maasai dance and singing, different types of Maasai houses, traditional beads, making fire, ornaments, some bush techniques & medicine and you can also walk with their cattle on the plains before returning to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi We will spend most of the time around mount Kilimanjaro and that may guarantee high chance of seeing and taking good photos of the mountain.