Day excursions around Kilimanjaro
Day Trips in Moshi
Moshi Day trips, Here are a few ideas for day trips which can be made in a day or two from Moshi, with private transport, Motor bikes, bicycles or with a "Daladala" local public transport. Join our coffee hike day trip Club, the top organizer for day trips and camping weekends to many interesting places around Kilimanjaro region.
Day Hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro
The Coca cola route or Marangu by the name is most popular way for the Day hike to Kilimanjaro mountain, this will enable you to do the combination between the safaris and climbing Kili’ at the same time during your short stay in Tanzania.
This it could be very special opportunity for all who doesn’t have enough time to do trekking to Kilimanjaro till to the peak, so they will get time to do day trip through Marangu route passes in the huge Tropical rain forest, discover different kind of endemic and endangered plants, rarely animals such as Blue monkeys, Black and white Columbus monkeys and the different variety species of birds.
With picnic packed lunch, you will be driven to the main entrance of Mountain Kilimanjaro National Park to start your walk through the forest to Mandara hut (2750m) which takes up to 5-6 hours; it is worth gentle walk to enjoy the beauty of the scenery. Then pay a visit to the Maundi crater for amazing views of Moshi town and the Kibo peak. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way.
Note: Park entry fees per person per day is 70$
Marangu village cultural tour
Marangu is a big 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 expirience 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.
Lake Chala is a crater lake in a caldera on the borders of Tanzania and Kenya on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro, not far from the town of Moshi and 27 km south of Moshi. Depending on the time of year, it ranges in colour from deep blue to turquoise and green, it is surrounded by a 100 metres high crater rim. The lake is fed by groundwater flows, which come from Mount Kilimanjaro, fed and drained under ground with a rate of about 10 million years. Even the Chala loses volume. It´s level had dropped in the last 6 years, by 2.4 metres, at the start of 2011 the water level has risen again by over 1 metre.
With an immensely diverse ecosystem, Lake Chala is a top attraction from Moshi. An adventure, or a just place to relax, the choice is yours. Chala feels so remote, yet is near to Moshi and easily accessible, making it the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
An ideal site for both day trips or camping, and a great stop over for long distance travelers and cycling groups.
Lake Jipe is an inter-territorial lake straddling the borders of Tanzania and Kenya. On the Tanzanian side, it is situated within Mwanga District, in Kilimanjaro Region while on the Kenyan side, it is located south of the village of Kachero. The lake is fed mainly by the Lumi River, which descends from Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as streams from the North Pare Mountains, being on the leeward side. The lake's outlet forms the Ruvu River. Kenya's un fenced Tsavo West National Park protects part of the lake's northern shore, while on the Tanzania side Mkomazi Game Reserve is nearby. The lake is known for its endemic fish, as well as water birds, mammals, wetland plants and lake-edge swamps, which can extend 2 kilometers (3 mi) from Jipe's shore.
At the Kenyan side Kachero and Mkwajuni villages are the best places to visit on dry season from July-Feb, here You stand a good chance of spotting a herd of elephants bathing and drinking very close on foot in this unusual and very off the beaten path destination.
Canoeing, walking safari, local fishing, Big game viewing on a Motor bike or on foot etc.
Arusha National Park
Is a smaller park located near Arusha town between the peaks of Mountains Kilimanjaro and Meru. The park and the town derive their name from Wa-Arusha people who traditionally live in this area. The Ngurdoto Crater, Momela Lakes, the highland montane forest, and the rugged Mount Meru (4575m) are the four distinctive features of the park. Although small, the park has a wealth of wildlife including colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, bushbucks, buffaloes, red forest duikers, hippos, elephants, and giraffes. Bird life, especially waterfowl, is abundant and interesting. You can do some hiking with an armed ranger at the Ngurudoto Crater and to the Mt. Meru Crater. This is a good trip for people who are not doing a safari in Tanzania.
Optional activities include hiking and canoeing.
Itinerary in Brief
DAY 1: Full day game drive in Arusha National Park
Highlights: Safari game drive
LOCATIONS: Arusha National Park
Nyumba ya Mungu reservoir Dam
A great place for birds and scenery. There are fishing settlements around the lake.
Nyumba ya Mungu is one the most striking features in the country. The crystal clear water runs down the slopes of Kilimanjaro in the deep valleys as sparkling streams. These streams pour their water in the legendary reservoir called Nyumba ya Mungu. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming and walking around the dam to enjoy the spectacular views. Cultural practices of the local people, lifestyle, custom and beliefs are also available.
Materuni water fall
This is a pleasant half-day tour (4-6 hours) that encompasses a hike, a beautiful waterfalls, rainforest flora and fauna, making coffee, tasting banana beer, and a cultural experience.
Itinerary in Brief
DAY 1: Day tour of Materuni and the surrounding area
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