Situated about 35 kilometres from Moshi in the heart of the Sanya Plains lies the Rundugai Springs. They are an extraordinary phenomenon, rushing up from underground in the middle of parched and dusty landscape. Locally called Chemka, meaning boiling, this refers to the way in which the water appears to boil as it emerges from underground. In fact, the water is not hot rather it is a pleasant temperature! This is a good place to visit for a picnic and a swim too. And the views of Kilimanjaro on a clear day are also fabulous. Unfortunately, the water is full of fluoride which means the local people can’t use it for drinking.
The Kinukamori Waterfalls in Marangu. You can walk around and see the waterfalls from underneath and from above. The native guide will show you the Village of Marangu. You can get to know the customs and traditions of the Chagga tribe. You can also have lunch as a part of the experience. There is nyama choma (roasted seasoned meat) with banana soup and drinks. Also try Mbege, a traditional cured beer of the Chagga people made of millet and bananas. The tour of the village will also lead you to coffee plantations and to the irrigation system of the countryside around the village.
Nyumba ya Mungu (“The House of God”) is an artificial lake that is fed by crystal clear streams cascading down from Kilimanjaro. Visitors can go on a boat tour, fish, swim or go for a walk across the dam. The locals like to show the visitors their way of life. The lake is about a two hours’ drive away Moshi.
The snake park is a special treasure of Arusha, a wonderful source of enjoyment and relaxation for locals and foreign visitors.
The snake park is located 25km west of Arusha on the route to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater.
The snake park provides various activities, take a guided tour and learn about some of the most dangerous snakes in the world, from the Black and Green Mamba, Egyptian Cobra, Puff Adders and many more. Capture your special moment and hold a real live snake. Check out the 3m plus crocodiles at feeding time and touch a baby crocodile.
You can also enjoy your personal Maasai guide who will take you on a spectacular tour of the Maasai Cultural Museum, to jumping on a camel and going on safari to the local village.
The park is home to a variety of snakes common in Eastern and Southern Africa from the Black Mamba to the Black and Red spitting Cobras and the African Python. There are approximately 48 snakes you can view.
Other reptiles at the park include Monitor Lizards, Tortoises, Crocodiles, and a few species of birds that have been orphaned or injured and would not survive if they were returned to the wild. Meserani Snake Park is a great place to learn about some of Africa’s less notorious, but most efficient predators.
Maasai Cultural Museum
The Maasai Cultural Museum is centered on the Maasai people and their culture
You can take a personal guided tour of the Maasai museum with a real Maasai warrior. He will walk you through and explain their traditions, from how they build their mud boma’s to male and female circumcision.
It will be an experience you will never forget.
Take a camel ride towards the Monduli Mountains, and visit a local Maasai Boma. A camel ride leaves from the gate at Meserani Snake Park and takes approximately 30 minutes to the village.
The return trip will take approximately 2 hours.
Maasai Crafts Market
After your tour through the cultural museum, you will come to the Maasai Crafts Market. There you can browse 13 traditional Maasai Huts, and watch the Maasai Women making their beautiful colorful jewelry.
Dress up as a Maasai warrior, and wear their original Maasai blankets and shields and spears.There is a variety of curio’s and jewelry you can choose from to remember your time at the Maasai Crafts Market.
Around 20 -30 minutes outside of Moshi are Materuni waterfalls. As this trip is so close by it is ideal for those people with limited time but who would still like to see some of the nature and beauty that this region of Tanzania has to offer. These falls are smaller but still pretty impressive at 150 meters high and definitely a sight worth seeing.
From Materuni Village we will walk some 30 minutes to the waterfall. The walk itself is extremely interesting, as you will see some smaller waterfalls and lots of waterways which are part of the irrigation system of the local farmers who grow coffee, bananas and many other fruits and vegetables.
At the waterfall, you can even refresh in the cool and crystal clear water – don’t forget to bring your swimwear! Here you will also break for lunch before doing a short tour of Materuni village to see the typical life of the Chagga tribe. The village, located at a height of around 1300 m (4300 ft.) above sea level is set within a dramatic landscape of high rises and deep valleys, all covered by tropical rain forest.
Materuni village is a beautifully lush area to visit on the outskirts of Moshi (it is actually the home of our Director, Ambrose- hence the name of the company!). Here you can really get to grips with the life of the local Chagga people- wandering through the village and passing their homesteads. Located in the picturesque foothills of Kilimanjaro, Materuni has managed to retain its authentic edge over some of the other tourist attractions as it is not one of the routes for climbing Kilimanjaro.
For your day trip you will have two options for transport between Moshi town and the village… For those who really wish to have the ‘real’ experience you can hop on a dala dala (the local minibuses), along with your guide and possibly a chicken or two! If you’d prefer to travel more quickly and comfortably you can choose to take a private car. Once you reach the village you will start your coffee tour at a traditional Chagga ‘shamba’ (farm). Here your guide will explain all aspects of the Chagga homestead including the other crops that they grow aside from coffee. You will get to see how the coffee is produced- from picking the bean to roasting and then drinking a delicious cup yourself. Following your coffee tour you will then take a short hike, passing through local villages to reach the waterfalls. Here you will either have a picnic lunch box or arrive to a full spread of freshly cooked lunch prepared by your own safari chef. Following lunch you will have the opportunity to take a dip in the refreshing (quite cold!) pools beneath the waterfalls. When you have had your fill of this beautiful place you can
start walking back to where you will take the dala dala or your private car back to Moshi (reaching Moshi at approximately 4-5pm).
Materuni Waterfalls and coffee tour:
- Transfer to the Materuni waterfalls at 10 am and spend a reasonable time at the waterfalls relaxing and enjoying the stunning beauty of the natural environments.
- Afterwards, we will leave the waterfalls for the coffee tour to examine how coffee is being processed. This will involve a natural and traditional way of frying the coffee and grinding it to powder ready for the end user.
- We will also be able to learn a bit of the culture and traditions of the indigenous people (Chagga tribe) while in the local area.
- After this wonderful tour, we will then transfer back to Moshi town to the hotel where you will be staying.
Description: Often over-looked by visitors, Arusha National Park has incredible volcanic scenery, wonderful views of Mt Kilimanjaro (on clear days), a beautiful rain forest and plenty of wildlife. The main features are Ngurdoto Crater and the Momella Lakes. The Momella Lakes attract a wide variety of birds, particularly flamingos. Guests sometimes enjoy this park just as much as the Serengeti. Its close proximity to Arusha usually means that it gets put first on a Northern Parks itinerary.
Location: Northern circuit, 40 minutes outside Arusha on the way to Moshi
Time: Usually 1 full day but 2 days if hiking and canoeing. Day trip from Arusha is possible.
Animals: Abundant: Zebras, Giraffes, Waterbucks, Reedbucks, Klipspringers, Hippos, Buffaloes, Hyenas, Mongooses, Dik Diks, Warthogs, Baboons and Vervet and Colobus Monkeys. Perhaps Elephants and Leopards, but no Lions or Rhinos.
Lake Natron is a soda lake with extreme alkalinity since some of its water leaks through the lava flow of the nearby active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai. At times, there are several hundred thousand flamingos on and near the lake making for a wonderful spectacle. Lake Natron is one of the most important breeding grounds for flamingos in the world. The weather is significantly hotter here then at most other northern Tanzania destinations but the scenery is striking and unlike anywhere else.
Most visits to Lake Natron include a brief visit to Engaruka Ruins: a mysterious complex of stone ruins, consisting of 7 abandoned villages with an astoundingly complex irrigation system of canals and damns that supported 5000 people. Little is known of Engaruka’s original inhabitants and archeologists are still puzzled.
North of Ngorongoro Crater, off the beaten path, but near enough to the Serengeti to make it worth a visit if you have a little extra time
Things 2 Do:
Stay at least 1 night, but probably not more than 2 nights
Hundreds of thousands of Flamingos and a few Zebra, Wildebeest, Gazelle, Ostrich and Jackal
Day Trip Program:
Leave Moshi at 07: 30 am for 1 hr of traveling to Marangu gate (2,250 m / 7312 Ft).
Arrive at the Park gate for registration and issuing of permit to enter the park and then start your hike to Mandara Hut (3570 m/11712 Ft)
Today’s trek: Marangu Gate (1860m / 6102 Ft) to Mandara Hut (2715m / 8,907 Ft).
Trekking Distance & Time: 7.5 km/4-5 hrs. Habitat: Montane Forest. Afternoon acclimatization walks to Maundi carter.