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Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

1. 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.

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

2. 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

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2 Days 1 Night Tarangire & Ngorongoro Crater

3. 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.

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Kilimanjaro: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour with Lunch

4. 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.

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Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

5. 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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Moshi: Kilimanjaro Bike Park Safari

6. Moshi: Kilimanjaro Bike Park Safari

Mountain biking in West Kilimanjaro is a fun and thrilling way to experience one of the Tanzania’s great game reserves. If you’re reasonably fit, are confident on a bike, and have a sense of adventure, then cycling through this great wilderness area is an awesome experience. Experience the thrill of pedaling along red-dirt roads whilst feeling the sun on your back, surrounded by endless spectacular horizons. All of a sudden you might be lucky enough to spot a herd of zebra, impala, or wildebeest, grazing in the distance. No matter how many more wild animals you see during your holiday, you’ll never forget your first sighting of wild animals in their natural habitat.

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Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route 5 Days Trek

7. Kilimanjaro: Marangu Route 5 Days Trek

Day 1: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut Hike through the dense rainforest and get the chance to catch a glimpse of some primates as you head to the Mandara Hut. After a well-earned rest, your guide can take you to the Maundi Crater where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Kenyan interior. Day 2: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut Reach the timberline and then enter the heath and moor zone. Approximately 4-6 hours later, the Horombo Hut will come into sight, standing at an altitude of 3700m. From the hut, you will have fantastic views overlooking Mawenzi, Kibo, and the wide plain of the Masai steppe. Day 3: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut Pass the “Last Water point”, followed by the so-called “saddle”. This near vegetation less plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Reach Kibo Hut in about 5-6 hours and enjoy an early evening meal followed by an early night, as the night will be short. Day 4: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak and down to Horombo Hut Begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous. Pass the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m. At sunrise, reach Gillman’s Point (5681m), the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. Reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m. On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1-2 hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut. Day 5: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate Pass through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut. Once again pass the tropical rainforest and after a total time of 6 hours trekking, arrive back at the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, take a short transfer back to your hotel in Moshi.

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From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

8. 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.

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Amboseli National Park: 2 day Safari Trip

9. Amboseli National Park: 2 day Safari Trip

A scenic park in its own right, Amboseli is synonymous with majestic herds of elephant and glorious views of Mount Kilimanjaro in neighbouring Tanzania. Your two day trip begins when we pick you up from your hotel. The park takes around 4 hours to reach from Nairobi, and gives you a chance to enjoy a country road trip on the way. We will bring you to the hotel to check in for your overnight stay, and as soon as you are ready you can begin exploring the park. The reserve is an excellent place to view the Big Five, as well as lesser known and rarer wildlife species. Varied wildlife includes giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and hundreds of bird species. Observation Hill offers panoramas of the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro and the park’s plains and swamps.

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Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6 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.