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.
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.
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.
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!
This one day hike will take you to the starting point of the Marangu Route (1,970m), which is located approximately one hour from Moshi. From here you will go on a three hour hike through Montane Forest to Mandara Hut (2,700m), which is situated on the forest belt border just below Maundi Crater.
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.