While a safari or climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro might be the main attractions to Northern Tanzania, there are so many other great activities to do within the region. Whether you are based in Arusha or Moshi town, any of the below tours offer the chance to escape city life and explore more of Tanzania’s wonderful wildlife and culture.
Experience life on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and visit Marungu, a quaint village that offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the Chagga people.
The name Marungu comes from the local Chagga word meaning ‘spring water’ and the village itself is located in the foothills of Africa’s tallest mountain, about 40km from Moshi town.This one-day tour takes in various natural and cultural sites on the surrounding slopes. Highlights include:
Waterfalls – Make a splash in the mountain water of Kilimanjaro and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding valleys.
Chagga Museum – The Chagga culture and history can be explored by visiting the museum. There are several exhibitions including a reconstructed thatched Chagga house.
Underground Chagga Tunnels – These were used by the Chagga people to hide themselves from the enemies during clan wars.
Colourful Local Markets – Marangu is the largest market for the sale of bananas in the country and attracts buyers from all over Tanzania.
Coffee and Banana Farms – Visit coffee farms and a local home where you can enjoy local dishes and learn the traditional process of preparing coffee from bean to cup.
Local Bar – Drop in to one of the local Chagga bars and drink the traditional “mbege” a local brew made from millet and banana wine.
Arusha National Park is a Tanzanian jewel, often unseen by safari goers, regardless of offering the prospect to explore a fascinating diversity of habitats within a few hours.The park is a part of the larger regional ecosystem of Mount Meru, which is Africa’s fifth highest mountain standing at 4,565 metres above sea level.
Beneath the breath-taking cliff-face of Meru’s peaks, the slopes are covered by rainforest and Acacia woodland. The park is notably famous for its black and white colobus monkey, the great Mommela Lakes, and Ngurdoto Crater.
Here you will have chance to walk in the park with an armed ranger and get very close to animals like zebras, warthog and giraffes.
The Kikuletwa Hot Springs is one of Tanzania’s many hidden gems! A beautiful natural pool hiding away among twisting fig trees in the middle of a dusty landscape, this little oasis is the perfect place to unwind after your safari or mountain climb.
On a clear day, you can also get gorgeous views of Mt. Kilimanjaro! Located within the Sanya plains, the hot springs are a short drive off the main road between Arusha and Moshi. No trip to the Kilimanjaro region is complete without taking a dip here!
Lake Chala is the perfect place to get some down time from the hustle and bustle of city life. Located just 1.5 hours away from Moshi on the border of Tanzania and Kenya, this tranquil location is one fine example of how much natural beauty this country has to offer.The lake is believed to be the caldera of a volcanic eruption which happened over three million years ago. Now all that remains is a beautiful blue lake surrounded by lush green forest, where you can go kayaking or hiking and see an abundance of different monkeys and birdlife.
Along the way, you’ll witness some of the mountain’s diverse flora and fauna, while enjoying breath-taking views of the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will also get the chance to see a variety of colourful birdlife and many species of monkeys including the Black and White Colobus.
After lunch, you will then have the option to take a short but challenging walk to Maundi Crater. After that, you’ll hike back down where a vehicle will be waiting for you to drive you back to Moshi. The total hiking time is approximately 6 to 7 hours.