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Moshi: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Farm Full Day Tour

1. Moshi: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Farm Full Day Tour

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend a full day exploring Materuni Village and its incredible waterfalls in an air-conditioned minivan.    Enjoy your journey to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro with a professional guide who will lead you through the streets of the cultural Materuni Village. Make sure to look up to see the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro in all its splendor. Then, head to the nearby famous Materuni Waterfalls and jump in to cool off. Known locally as the Mnambe Falls, it is the first waterfall that comes down from Mount Kilimanjaro's slopes. Next, visit locally-owned, small coffee farms to learn about traditional methods for growing, harvesting, and preparing coffee, and enjoy a cup of local coffee at the end of your tour. Hear stories and information about the heritage of the Chagga people, the region's formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. After arriving at each viewpoint or overlook, you will have plenty of time to explore and capture memories in photographs.

From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

2. From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

Get first-hand insights into Maasai village traditions from community members on this day trip from Moshi. Visit the stunning Kikuletwa hot springs and try to spot monkeys and turtles. Have a delicious lunch. Be picked up directly from your accommodation in Moshi and travel to a Maasai village. Walk around the mud-thatched buildings and see the cattle. Discover the secrets of how the locals prepare fires and food. See local craftsmen weave necklaces and bracelets. Continue to the turquoise waters of the Kikuletwa hot springs. Swim in the crystal clear water that is surrounded by lush fig and palm trees and winding root systems. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like monkeys as you explore the hot springs. Catch the sunset on your drive back to your accommodation in Moshi.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

3. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

Take a day trip to mighty Mount Kilimanjaro on a guided journey to one of Tanzania’s most majestic sights. Follow your experienced guide up to Mandara Hut and enjoy the views from 2,700 meters above sea level. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the national park to meet your guide. At Marangu Gate your guide will give you a brief introduction before you enter the park. You’ll spend the rest of the morning trekking through the rainforest, giving ample opportunity to see monkeys and exotic birds. After 3 or 4 hours of trekking you’ll reach Mandara Hut for a well-earned rest and lunch. Take the time to learn more about the park and the wildlife from your guide as you enjoy sandwiches, fruit, groundnuts and juice. Following lunch, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater, from where you can enjoy views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania, and Kenya. From there you’ll take a leisurely 2-hour walk back down to Marangu Gate, where your transport will be waiting to return you to your hotel.

Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

4. Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

Following pickup from your accommodation, you'll head to the Materuni Village. Once there, take a short but challenging hike to the Materuni Falls where you can enjoy the beautiful views. Following that, visit a coffee farm to learn about how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed. You will then try your hand at roasting and preparing a fresh cup of raw and local coffee. Once your coffee-making experience has concluded, head to the Materuni village for a local lunch. You will then drive to a warm-water spring, which is one of the best places to swim in the area. At the conclusion of your experience, your friendly driver will return you back to your accommodation.

Mount Kilimanjaro: 5 Nights & 6-Days Climb via Marangu Route

5. Mount Kilimanjaro: 5 Nights & 6-Days Climb via Marangu Route

This package provides everything you need for your hike, such as experienced mountain crews, high-quality group equipment, accommodation in huts, and nutritionist-designed meals. Before and after the adventure you will stay in a comfortable hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant, and swimming pool. Only guides with a Wilderness First Responder certification are assigned to lead a party. Other safety measures include a supply of oxygen cylinders, complete medical kits and  two compulsory medical check-ups per day. Your progress is tracked with GPS device and the link can be shared with your family and friends, who will be able to monitor your progress in real-time. Schedule: Day 1: Arrival Day 2: Trekking from Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut Day 3: Trekking from Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut Day 4: Acclimatization Day at Horombo Hut Day 5: Trekking from Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut Day 6: Trekking to Uhuru Peak and descent to Horombo Hut Day 7: Descent from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate Day 8: Departure

2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

6. 2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, your driver-guide will collect you and your safari will commence. You will drive from Moshi to Tarangire National Park. This takes approximately 3 hours. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants, baobab trees, and tree climbing African pythons. The park covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers. You will enjoy a day of game viewing, with a picnic lunch looking out over the river to break up the time in the car. After a nice game drive, before it gets dark, you will drive to the lodge or campsite for dinner and an overnight stay. After breakfast the next day, you will drive to the Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA) - a UNESCO world heritage site. Once in the NCA you will see the Rift Valley and animals like elephant, buffalos, zebra, monkeys, and birds. The main feature of the NCA is the Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. You will then enter the crater and witness a large concentration of wild animals. This is undoubtedly the best place to see black rhino in Tanzania as well as prides of lions. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a wide variety of water birds. Other game commonly sighted included cheetahs, hyenas, and lots of other members of the antelope family. After completing your drive, you will return back to Moshi or Arusha.

Moshi: Chemka Hot Springs

7. Moshi: Chemka Hot Springs

Ride out from Moshi, through sugar cane plantations, dried river beds, and baobab trees to the Chemka Hot Springs on this day tour. Discover the beautiful landscape of the Tanzanian countryside. Enjoy a convenient pick-up in the morning and an hour-long ride through plantations and the African scrubland. Take in the scenery of Rundugai village; one of the most scenic places to relax in Tanzania. Observe blue monkeys moving about in the trees. Enjoy the refreshing (but not too hot) waters of the springs. Spend the day lounging in the sun or chatting with the locals at the small bar. Have a picnic lunch at noon.

Kilimanjaro: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour with Lunch

8. Kilimanjaro: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour with Lunch

After pickup in Moshi Town or Arusha, drive to Materuni Village with your English-speaking guide. Located just 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from Moshi Town, Materuni is still an authentic tribal village home to the Chagga tribe and the last village before the Kilimanjaro National Park. Upon arrival, register at the village office then begin your trip. First, visit the waterfalls, which are around a 40-minute walk away. On the way, learn about the culture of the Chagga, village life, and the surrounding fauna and flora with your guide. Admire the breathtaking views and, with luck, catch sight of the summit of Kilimanjaro. When you reach the waterfalls, marvel at cascades that are more than 80-meters (262-feet) high. Take advantage of the inviting pool at the bottom of the waterfall and take a refreshing dip. Don't forget your swimwear! After enjoying the scenery, slowly return to Materuni Village with your guide. Once there, experience a traditional Chagga lunch and have the opportunity to taste the local banana beer. Next, the coffee experience awaits you. Learn how coffee is cultivated, dried, roasted and further processed. Receive an invitation 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 or Arusha, savor the coffee you made and appreciate the views of the surrounding rainforest.

Moshi: Guided Kilimanjaro Day Tour

9. Moshi: Guided Kilimanjaro Day Tour

Following breakfast, you will meet your guide before transferring to the park entrance where you will begin your Kilimanjaro climb. Following some formalities at the park entrance, you will enter the rain forest for a gentle walk through verdant scenery to Mandara Hut. For those who don't want to summit the mighty Kilimanjaro, a day trip may offer you the perfect alternative. You can walk via the Marangu route up to Mandara Hut, which is 2,700 meters above sea level. Once up at the Marangu Hut, you will be able to explore a small crater. The total duration of the trip will take around 7 hours.

Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

10. Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

Depart from Arusha at 7.30 AM and drive to Moshi region for breakfast (at your own cost). Proceed to Kilimanjaro National Park which is home to the highest peak of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is the top roof of Africa, reaching 5895 meters above sea level. It is a world heritage site and its outstanding features reach into 3 major volcanic centers: Shira in the West, Mawenzi in the East, and Kibo in the center (the snow-capped peak).  Check in at the gate and embark on your guided hike through the forest. Experience the landscape, unique native vegetation, and local wildlife including monkeys and different species of birds. In addition to this, the forest contains elephant, leopard, buffalo, bushbuck, the endangered Abbott’s dicker, some small antelope, primates, rodents and much more. Depending on your fitness level, arrive at Mandara Hut for a picnic lunch after 3-4 hours of walking. After taking lunch, continue on to the Maundi Crater to witness incredible panoramas. Finally, hike back down for 2 hours to Marangu Gate where the van will be waiting for you to return you back to your accommodation in the evening. 

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What people are saying about Kilimanjaro

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 8 reviews

I had one day prior to joining my Kilimanjaro group to explore the local area so decided on the waterfalls and coffee tour. I got promptly collected by a driver from my hotel who took me to Materuni village; he spoke great English and gave me information en route. On arrival at materuni, I met a local guide who took me to the waterfall, which was about an hour hike. Beautiful scenery and the guide was amazing! After the hike, I got to make coffee with the locals and enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the village houses - highly recommend!!

Sympathetic and competent guide. Actually, you stay outside the national park because the entrance fee for one day is not worth it. Due to rainy weather, all paths were quite slippery and bathing below the waterfall was not possible. Coffee farm: Good explanations and some show when preparing coffee from the bean. (Banana) beer tasting on the roof terrace in Moshi is not possible, as the restaurant is closed due to Corona

We were picked up in Arusha and driven to Materuni Village where our tour started. The guide spoke good English and told a lot of interesting during the tours. It was a lovely trip and well worth the money. Making coffee with a local family on their farm was a delight, and the coffee tasted heavenly. We had the opportunity to buy a bag of coffee beans and local paintings with us. Highly recommended.

The Guide was super friendly and had an answer to every question. From my side, it's an absolutely must do, to go to the Waterfalls and see the coffee process. The People from the Village are very friendly and the food, is super great. Many thanks to the guide and Thomas, who was driving us.

The Hotsprings is a must! It's so beautiful and the guide was very nice. Big thank you to our driver :)