Arusha national park

A Forgotten Pearl

Near the city of Arusha and the Kenyan border lies another scenic highlight of Tanzania, Arusha National Park. It's heart is the 4566 meter high Mount Meru, which is a popular destination for mountaineers. The park has an incredible variety of flora and fauna, which cannot fail to impress. Hollywood also chose this park to film the movie “Hartari” in which Hardy Kruger starred alongside the legendary John Wayne. Arusha National Park lives a quiet life next to its siblings: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Only few travelers visit the park, which is a pity, because with its unique vegetation Arusha National Park is surely worth a visit or two. Between Mount Meru and Ngurdoto Crater are the Lakes of Momella, which are characterized by swamps, grasslands and montane forest. The mountain slopes of Mount Meru are covered by tropical rainforest, which make a nice contrast. Our Package Includes;

  • Transport (4x4 Land Cruiser) with open roof
  • Park fees
  • Professional English speaking safari guide
  • Lunch box
  • 1,5l bottle of water
Not Included
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities / "tip" for safari guide
  • Increases in park fees where applicable

TOUR ITINERARY

In the morning we leave from Moshi at 8:00 am for Arusha National Park. The drive to the park gate takes approximately 1 hour. From here you will participate in a half day walking safari and a half day game drive. You will be accompanied by an armed ranger for the walk, who will guide you through the forest up to the waterfall and the point for viewing the black and white colobus monkeys. During the game drive you will see the Lakes of Momella and the Ngurduto Crater. You will spot buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, zebras and gazelles as well as different bird species. You might also see a leopard or elephants, the elephants and leopards are though a shier than the ones in Serengeti. We game drive in the park till afternoon and then drive back to Moshi.


Bike tour Moshi

African Adventure on Two Wheels

A new place, like Moshi can hardly be better explored than on the bicycle, with the wind in your face, wrapped in new noises and smells, you will experience an adventure of a very different kind! This guided bike tour is not only for adrenaline junkies, but for cultural orientated people alike. No doubt this 20km Moshi bike tour is for old and young alike. The route takes you from the bustling main roads, to the nearby villages, via forest trails and along tiny paths through rice fields. An ideal excursion for those who want to spend their holidays getting close to the locals and the communal life. Our Package Includes;

  • Bike & helmet
  • Rau Forest fees
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Lunch at a local family’s house
  • 1,5l bottle of water
  • 1 beer of choice at the Old Railway Station
  • Not Included
  • Personal items
  • Tips for guide

TOUR ITINERARY

You start the day with an instruction by your guide to the bikes and Tanzanian traffic. Once familiar with the bike you will drive from your accommodation to Majengo with its local craftsman shops. There is a vast range of produces in this area from metal beds to wood chairs and tables, all nicely arranged on the side of the roads. Undoubtedly you dive right into the bustling daily Moshi life! From here you pass through the Msaranga area with its small farms and houses. You’ll cycle past schools, mosques and churches. Your journey takes you to the nearby rice fields, where you’ll make a stop and if you wish can lend a helping hand to the field workers. Afterwards you will have a better understanding how much hard work goes into one sack of rice. Enriched with this intense experience we visit a local family for lunch. Rice is one of the main components of meals in Tanzania and you will have the chance to taste it at their house in a traditional meal called Pilau. Get indulged by the hospitality of the local family while you sit at their veranda and share a meal and thoughts about life with them. All fuelled, you continue the bike ride through the Rau Forest, a natural beauty just behind the city of Moshi. Watch out for colobus monkeys in the tree crowns with their long fluffy tails. As you cycle through this never-ending jungle, listen carefully to the animal sounds. Our last stop of the day is at the old railway station, remains from the German colonial time. You will feel like you are on 1900s film set and can still sense the bustling energy this magical place used to have roughly hundred years ago. With a little bit of luck, you have the best view on Kilimanjaro while sipping a cold Kilimanjaro beer from the rail station bar, reflecting on today’s incredible adventure. Our guide will take you back to your accommodation, where you can stretch your legs and arms after a day on Tanzania’s rough roads.

Chagga experience

Day trip from Moshi

Included:

  • Transport as mentioned
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Accredited English speaking village guide
  • Museum tour
  • Lunch and mineral water
  • All entrance fees

Day 1 Marangu

In the morning, we will collect you from your hotel in Moshi and take you to Marangu, which lies in the fertile hills of Kilimanjaro where a village guide will be waiting for you and bring you first of all to the Chagga Live Museum, where you will get a deep insight in the traditional lifestyle of this agricultural society and also the family history He will then lead you through the coffee and banana plantations to a spectacular waterfall. On the way, he will tell you and point out the fauna and flora of the region.At the waterfall, you will have lunch and if you fancy you may take a plunge in the refreshing waters of the waterfall. In the afternoon, you will be driven to the village of Mamba. This small village is famous for its caves, which were once used to hide the women and children for weeks during the Chagga – Masai wars. At Mamba, you will also visit a local blacksmith who still forges spearheads in the manner. Late in the afternoon, we will take you back to your hotel.

Chemka hot springs

An Oasis In The Backcountry

The Chemka Hot Springs are an oasis in the hinterland of the Kilimanjaro region, situated 40 kilometres from Moshi. At these idyllic underground springs with the crystal clear, turquoise water, you can enjoy the perfect rest after a strenuous Kilimanjaro climb or adventurous wilderness safari. But also for day-trippers, they are an ideal destination. Whether it's the old, the young, the quiet or the active, the Chemka Hot Springs invite you to linger, swim and explore. The pond is very deep, in some places up to 10 meters, but the water is so clear that you can see the bottom well all the time. On the shore under lush trees you can camp, enjoy your snacks or soak up the sun.

Our Package Includes;

  • Transport
  • Village fees
  • Driver guide
  • Lunch box
  • 1,5l bottle of water
  • Not Included
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities / "tip" for driver guide

TOUR ITINERARY

We pick you up from your hotel early in the morning. The road to the Hot Springs is very bumpy and windy, so driving takes more than one hour. During the trip you can enjoy the wonderful scenery and see the authentic Tanzanian life. When we arrive at the Hot Springs you can swim, relax, eat your lunch and enjoy the sun. If you'd like, while you are swimming we can be preparing a barbecue for you. Additionally, if you desire, we can overnight at the Hot Springs with a camp fire and a bush dinner. Everywhere around the springs you can see baboons and different monkeys.

Lake chala day trip

A Remote Treasure

Lake Chala, a hidden gem, a perfect place to relax and unwind from the busy city life. The remote caldera lake on the border of Tanzania & Kenya is only 55km from Moshi and therefore the perfect get away for a day. Pure tranquility and beautiful nature await you at the lake. Explore the area on one of the many possible hikes, swim in the crystal clear water, kayak across borders or simply enjoy the stunning vistas of an untouched Africa.

Our Package Includes

  • Transport
  • Park fees
  • Driver guide
  • Lunch box
  • 1,5l bottle of water
  • Not Included
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities / "tip" for guide
  • TOUR ITINERARY

    In the morning your guide will pick you up from your accommodation. You will drive to Lake Chala Safari Camp with a packed lunch box and drinking water. Upon arrival you will see the beautiful private game reserve overlooking the crater lake. Our guide will take you down to the lake. Spend the day swimming, exploring, kayaking (optional). You will experience the natural beauties of the green scenery, landscape and will also have the opportunity to meet local people doing their daily activity. There is a very high possibility of spotting the baboon monkey, velvet monkey, blue monkey, antelopes, elephants and many different birds, that live in this wonderful savannah land. You will then be driven back to Moshi in the late afternoon. There is also the option of staying overnight in the lodge or camping site. If you are camping, you can either bring your own equipment or hire upon arrival. There is a bar that serves alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and a restaurant that serves snacks and main meals. Staying overnight gives you the opportunity of going on longer hikes, fishing, and having time to relax next to a camp fire.

Marangu cultural tour

Home of the Chagga tribe

Immerse yourself in the history Marangu and its people. Marangu, at the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, is a small town with a great amount of history and ancient traditions. Get carried away by the Chagga tribe, unique rainforest landscape and coffee growing insides. This full day tour has it all: action, tradition and culinary.

Our Package Includes

  • Transport
  • Village fees
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • 1,5l bottle of water
  • Banana wine & beer tasting
  • Not Included
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities / "tip" for mountain guide
  • Soda & alcoholic beverages at lunch

TOUR ITINERARY

In the morning we drive to Marangu Gate (1900m), the starting point for all Kilimanjaro treks via the Marangu Route. You will have the opportunity to take pictures of the mighty Kilimanjaro and get a sense of the spirit of the mountain. The area around Marangu is home to the local Chagga tribe and you will learn all about their history and traditions on this full day excursion. Our second stop will be visit a small coffee farm, where you will learn about how the coffee is grown, harvested and processed locally. Try your own hand at processing, roasting and preparing a fresh cup of coffee. Once you have finished enjoying your coffee break, we will depart for the Ndoro Waterfalls. Our hike to the base of the waterfall will lead us through lush green landscape and the descend takes approximately 1 hour. Here you have the opportunity to relax and take a refreshing bath in the pool of the waterfall. Another highlight will be the visit to the Chagga Underground Caves and the Chagga Live Museum. In times of drought the Maasai migrated up the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, in search of food and water. They enslaved and killed the local Chagga people. In defense of these attacks the Chagga built an extensive network of underground caves. Your guide will lively illustrate you the conflict while you visit the caves. We then continue to spend some time at the Chagga Live Museum, a small outdoor museum, which will give you further insides into traditional chagga life. Our tour also includes a chagga culinary taste, when we stop for lunch in a small restaurant. Here you will be served a traditional hot meal, later you will also have the chance to try the local spirits such as banana beer and wine.

Materuni waterfalls & coffee tour

From Tree to Cup

Nestled on the mountain slopes of Kilimanjaro lies the beautiful coffee village of Materuni. Produce your own cup of coffee from tree to cup. Receive first hand secrets of what makes a good cup of coffee from the local Chagga people. Only a small hike from the village lay the homonymous 80m high Materuni waterfalls. A relaxing swim in Kilimanjaro fletcher water grows the day.Our Package Includes

  • Transport by local transportation/private car
  • Village & waterfall fees
  • Local guide
  • Lunch box
  • 1,5l bottle of water
  • Not Included
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities / "tip" for guide

TOUR ITINERARY

Begin the day with a short drive up onto the slopes of Kilimanjaro, to the village of Materuni, approximately 1,800 m above sea level. This lush rainforest region is known for producing some of the best coffee in East Africa. Start the day with a visit to a small coffee farm and learn about how the coffee is grown, harvested and processed locally. Try your own hand at processing, roasting and preparing a fresh cup of coffee in the local Chagga way.Once you have finished enjoying your coffee break, you will depart on a beautiful 45 minute hike through the hills and valleys en route to the waterfalls. Along the way your guide will teach you about local plants and how they are used for food and traditional medicine, as well as giving you more insight into the local Chagga culture. The waterfalls are hidden in a pristine valley with cliffs towering up to 200ft overhead. The water falls straight down in a curtain to land in a small pool where you can relax, take lunch and go for a swim in the chill mountain waters. After the falls hike you will return back to the car and return to Moshi. This is an experience you are sure to love, full of natural beauty, engaging education, and of course coffee.

Mount Kilimanjaro day hike

A Sneak Peak Climb

Climb on the slopes of the highest mountain Africa's to the first base camp of Marangu Route. With its 5895 meters Kilimanjaro is an impressive sight, which most visitors already spot in awe amazement when flying in at Kilimanjaro airport. The rainforest zone of Kilimanjaro is thick and lush and home to many different bird and monkey species, such as blue monkeys or colobus. Make sure to keep your ears wide open to hear some of Kilimanjaro residents.

Our Package Includes

  • Transport to/from gate
  • Park fees
  • Professional English speaking mountain guide
  • Lunch box
  • 1,5l bottle of water
  • Not Included
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities / "tip" for mountain guide
  • Increases in park fees where applicable

TOUR ITINERARY

Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) Gain: 915 meters, 3,000 feet You will leave Moshi early in the morning to depart for Marangu Gate. The drive will take approximately 1 hour. After completing gate registration, you will begin your Kilimanjaro Day Hike. Walking along a narrow trail through the rainforest of Kilimanjaro up to Mandara Hut you will meet mountain climbers descending from the top. At Mandara Hut you will have your lunch and the possibility to take a short walk to the Maundi Crater. The views to the East over Taveta and to the Northwest to Mawenzi Peak are stunning on a clear day, making the short hike well worth the effort. You will then have the opportunity to take photos once arriving at Maundi Crater before descending down to the Marangu Gate. Our vehicles will be waiting at Marangu Gate to take you back to Moshi.

The Maasai village experience

A Dive into Culture, Traditions and Lifestyle

Tanzania is a melting pot of cultures. 126 different ethnic groups call it their home. Probably the best known and most impressive are the Maasai people. With their distinctive customs and dresses they magically pull us into their spell. In “Olpopongi”, a 100 % authentic Maasai village, we spend a day with this fascinating tribe. Get to experience the Maasai’s marvellous dance, traditions, customs and rituals as we wander around the village.

Our Package Includes

  • Transport
  • Village fees; Museum tour and Bush walk
  • 1 night accommodation in a traditional Maasai hut
  • Driver guide, local English speaking Maasai guide and cook
  • 1 traditional lunch, 1 BBQ dinner, 1 breakfast
  • 1,5l bottle of water
  • Not Included
  • Personal items
  • Gratuities / "tip" for guides
  • Sodas and alcoholic beverages

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Moshi to Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village

In the morning we drive to Olpopongi in West Kilimanjaro region. Olpopongi is 74 kilometers from Moshi. Our two hours drive will take us through the beautiful outback of West Kilimanjaro. Depending on the season you can see game like zebras and elephants. On clear days you will have amazing views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. We reach Olpopongi before lunch time, where we will be welcomed by the local Maasai with a traditional welcome song and dance. We take a walk around the village and you will check-in your hut for the night. The guides will then take you to the precious little museum, where you will learn about the history, social organization and tools of Maasai people. In-between our lesson a traditional Tanzanian lunch will be served to give you enough energy for an exciting afternoon. Later in the afternoon we visit a midwife and herbalist in one of the huts. You will learn about the everyday life in a Maasai village. After this very spiritual meeting we have a short break which you can use for some jeweler shopping or coffee and tea break. Another highlight will be a bush walk to discover endemic plants and their usage for the Maasai people. Our day will be rounded up with a fire making session, bbq and bonfire before you dream away in your 100 % authentic Maasai hut.

Day 2: Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village to Moshi

Breakfast will be set for us outside in the morning. Afterwards you have time to take some final photographs of this unique village and the people you met during our trip. We then greet our farewells and drive back to Moshi. We will reach Moshi around lunch time.

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