EXCURSSION AROUND KILIMANJARO
If you are not interested in summiting Kilimanjaro but would like to experience the nature & culture around the mountain, a shorter trek may suite your needs.
NOTE: It is against national park regulations to summit on one of these treks.
Marangu is a large village located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Marangu is a lively market town with a cool climate. The location of the town makes it an ideal starting point for climbing mount Kilimanjaro.
Marangu is also an excellent location for hiking, bird watching and taking in the sights of rural Africa.
The cultural tourism program offers the opportunity for visitors to watch traditional blacksmiths, visit nearby caves and waterfalls as well as experience life in the local chagga tribe.
People around Marangu village are very welcoming and we hope you will enjoy your time with them.
While in Marangu one can learn more about the chagga culture by visiting a traditional chagga house made of straw roofing. Also the traditional food made by bananas and local brew known as Mbege can be tasted.
PICNIC LUNCH & DRINKS ADVENTURE WALKING/TREKING
CAMPING & SPECIAL BONFIRE
(DINNER & BREAKFAST INCLUDED)
Chala is a beautiful area located on the western side of Kilimanjaro at the Kenya/Tanzanian border, about 2.5 hour drive from Moshi. The lake is filled and drained by underground streams. Located near the slopes of Kilimanjaro, the lake is amazingly clear with steep crater walls. It is the deepest inland water body in Africa with the depth of about 3km. Due to the enormous depth boating is recommended. Visitors can hike at the lake and enjoy the beautiful view and fresh air. Aside from plenty of fish, Monitor lizards, baboons, monkeys and common snakes may be seen by chance.
A 45 to 60 minute walk brings you to the Materuni Falls, where you will have a picnic lunch at riverside. After lunch you may rest and enjoy the peace and beauty, or your guide will take your group for a walk above the falls, into the Kilimanjaro rainforest, observing more flora and hopefully, some monkeys or other wildlife.
RUNDUGAI HOT SPRING
Day 1: Pick up from your hotel after breakfast for transfer to Rundugai
Masai market (usually on Mondays). From here you start trekking with a
guide. Hot lunch at the campsite. The trek goes to Chemka waterfalls,
where you'll spend the night. Take a swim in the natural bassin of the
hot spring. Mt. Kilimanjaro is usually clearly seen from here in the
early morning hours. Distance: 14 km. Includes: (LUNCH), (DINNER); and
Day 2: Morning swim followed by breakfast. Explore the hot spring surroundings, like farms etc. After lunch drive back to town.
1 DAY TRIP
MARANGU GATE TO MANDARA HUT AND BACK TO MARANGU
Marangu Gate (6,000 ft) – Mandara Hut (9,000 ft)
Ascent hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
After breakfast and briefing, walk to the Marangu Gate (about 20 minutes). After registration at the park gate, begin hiking through rainforest from the park gate (6,000 ft) to Mandara Hut (9,000 ft). This takes about 3 to 4 hours. There is a stop halfway for picnic lunch. Reach Mandara Hut early in the afternoon. After a short tour at the hut, start descending to Marangu gate, reaching it later in the afternoon. A side trip to Maundi Crater (about 15 minutes away) offers a chance to see the surrounding area as well as the views of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Return toMarangu /Moshi in the late afternoon and overnight. (BL)