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Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

1. Arusha: Materuni Waterfalls, Coffee, and Hotsprings Tour

Following pickup from your accommodation, you'll head to the Materuni Village. Once there, take a short but challenging hike to the Materuni Falls where you can enjoy the beautiful views. Following that, visit a coffee farm to learn about how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed. You will then try your hand at roasting and preparing a fresh cup of raw and local coffee. Once your coffee-making experience has concluded, head to the Materuni village for a local lunch. You will then drive to a warm-water spring, which is one of the best places to swim in the area. At the conclusion of your experience, your friendly driver will return you back to your accommodation.

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Kilimanjaro: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour with Lunch

2. Kilimanjaro: Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour with Lunch

After pickup in Moshi Town or Arusha, drive to Materuni Village with your English-speaking guide. Located just 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from Moshi Town, Materuni is still an authentic tribal village home to the Chagga tribe and the last village before the Kilimanjaro National Park. Upon arrival, register at the village office then begin your trip. First, visit the waterfalls, which are around a 40-minute walk away. On the way, learn about the culture of the Chagga, village life, and the surrounding fauna and flora with your guide. Admire the breathtaking views and, with luck, catch sight of the summit of Kilimanjaro. When you reach the waterfalls, marvel at cascades that are more than 80-meters (262-feet) high. Take advantage of the inviting pool at the bottom of the waterfall and take a refreshing dip. Don't forget your swimwear! After enjoying the scenery, slowly return to Materuni Village with your guide. Once there, experience a traditional Chagga lunch and have the opportunity to taste the local banana beer. Next, the coffee experience awaits you. Learn how coffee is cultivated, dried, roasted and further processed. Receive an invitation to help with the grinding of the coffee, which is traditionally accompanied by Chagga songs and dances — a fun way to immerse yourself in the local culture. Before you say goodbye and return in the afternoon to Moshi or Arusha, savor the coffee you made and appreciate the views of the surrounding rainforest.

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Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

3. Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Trekking from Arusha or Moshi

Depart from Arusha at 7.30 AM and drive to Moshi region for breakfast (at your own cost). Proceed to Kilimanjaro National Park which is home to the highest peak of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is the top roof of Africa, reaching 5895 meters above sea level. It is a world heritage site and its outstanding features reach into 3 major volcanic centers: Shira in the West, Mawenzi in the East, and Kibo in the center (the snow-capped peak).  Check in at the gate and embark on your guided hike through the forest. Experience the landscape, unique native vegetation, and local wildlife including monkeys and different species of birds. In addition to this, the forest contains elephant, leopard, buffalo, bushbuck, the endangered Abbott’s dicker, some small antelope, primates, rodents and much more. Depending on your fitness level, arrive at Mandara Hut for a picnic lunch after 3-4 hours of walking. After taking lunch, continue on to the Maundi Crater to witness incredible panoramas. Finally, hike back down for 2 hours to Marangu Gate where the van will be waiting for you to return you back to your accommodation in the evening. 

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Arusha National Park: Private Jeep Tour

4. Arusha National Park: Private Jeep Tour

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a half day safari in Arusha National Park. After an early morning or midday hotel pickup, depending on your tour start time, enjoy the drive in a 4x4 vehicle to the famous national park.   Arusha National Park has a rich variety of wildlife. Common animal sightings include giraffes, buffalo, zebra, warthogs, monkeys, flamingos, elephants, lions, and many. Leopard populations are present, but rarely seen.   Bird life in the forest is prolific, with many species more easily seen here than elsewhere. Narina trogon and bar-tailed trogon are both possible highlights for visiting birdwatchers, and there is a range of starling species. After your safari tour with a professional guide, you will be dropped back to Arusha town.

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From Arusha: Tarangire National Park Private Full-Day Tour

5. From Arusha: Tarangire National Park Private Full-Day Tour

Benefit from a hotel or international airport pickup in a 4x4 land cruiser to start your day trip. After a brief introduction, you will drive to Tarangire National Park. The Park is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. Visitors to the park in the June to November dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest, and cape buffalo. Other common resident animals include water buck, giraffe, dik dik, impala, eland, Grant's gazelle, monkey, banded mongoose, and olive baboon. Predators in Tarangire include African lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, honey badger, and African wild dog. The Park is also home to more than 550 bird species and is therefore a haven for bird enthusiasts. After your tour, you will be dropped back off in Arusha.

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Day Trip to Tarangire National Park from Arusha

6. Day Trip to Tarangire National Park from Arusha

Your day tour begins with your hotel pickup in the morning, and heading south to stunning Tarangire National Park. Arrive at the Tarangire National Park for game viewing. In the afternoon you will stop for a picnic lunch. Your afternoon game-drive will reveal all the wonders of Tarangire, a National Park often referred to as the 'Elephant Playground'. Herds of up to 300 of these mighty mammals are sometimes seen in the park. Serengeti may be better known, but Tarangire in the dry season easily rivals it for animal densities. As well as the herds of elephant Tarangire is home to buffalo, lion, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle while gerenuk and fringe-eared Oryx are 'local specialties'. Lake Burungi's marshy shores are the lure for these mammals and the waters attract many beautiful bird species, too. Look out for giant kingfishers, hoopoes and the delightfully-named white-bellied go-away bird. Tarangire is noted for its splendid baobab trees, rolling savannah and acacia woodland. At the end of an inspiring afternoon amongst the wildlife, drive back to your hotel in Arusha.

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From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

7. From Moshi: Maasai Village and Hot-springs with Lunch

Get first-hand insights into Maasai village traditions from community members on this day trip from Moshi. Visit the stunning Kikuletwa hot springs and try to spot monkeys and turtles. Have a delicious lunch. Be picked up directly from your accommodation in Moshi and travel to a Maasai village. Walk around the mud-thatched buildings and see the cattle. Discover the secrets of how the locals prepare fires and food. See local craftsmen weave necklaces and bracelets. Continue to the turquoise waters of the Kikuletwa hot springs. Swim in the crystal clear water that is surrounded by lush fig and palm trees and winding root systems. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like monkeys as you explore the hot springs. Catch the sunset on your drive back to your accommodation in Moshi.

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Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

8. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Day Trip

Take a day trip to mighty Mount Kilimanjaro on a guided journey to one of Tanzania’s most majestic sights. Follow your experienced guide up to Mandara Hut and enjoy the views from 2,700 meters above sea level. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the national park to meet your guide. At Marangu Gate your guide will give you a brief introduction before you enter the park. You’ll spend the rest of the morning trekking through the rainforest, giving ample opportunity to see monkeys and exotic birds. After 3 or 4 hours of trekking you’ll reach Mandara Hut for a well-earned rest and lunch. Take the time to learn more about the park and the wildlife from your guide as you enjoy sandwiches, fruit, groundnuts and juice. Following lunch, your guide will take you to the Maundi Crater, from where you can enjoy views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania, and Kenya. From there you’ll take a leisurely 2-hour walk back down to Marangu Gate, where your transport will be waiting to return you to your hotel.

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From Arusha: Lake Manyara National Park Full-Day Trip

9. From Arusha: Lake Manyara National Park Full-Day Trip

Start the trip with hotel or international airport pick up in a 4x4 Land Cruiser. After a brief introduction, set off for Lake Manyara National Park, known for its incredible flamingos that inhabit the lakeside during the wet season.  Begin your tour of the park and marvel at the 400 species of birds which inhabit the park, many of which remain throughout the year. Because of this Lake Manyara National Park is an excellent spot for bird watching. Visitors to the park can expect to see upwards of 100 different species of bird on any day. As you drive into the interior of the park, keep your eyes peeled for big cats such as leopards, Masai lions, and cheetas. The leopards and lions are both known to lounge in the trees while not hunting for prey. Try to spot other mammals including elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelles, Masai giraffe, impala, zebras, and more. Continue on to the hippopotamus pond at one end of the park where you will have the opportunity to get out of your van and observe from a safe distance. Enjoy a late lunch in one of the many nearby camps. In the late afternoon depart for Arusha town where you will be dropped off at your hotel. 

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From Arusha: Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Hike

10. From Arusha: Mount Kilimanjaro Day Trip Hike

Be picked up in Arusha at 7.30 AM and driven to the Moshi region, where you will enjoy breakfast, before proceeding to Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro, you’ll check-in at the gate and begin your walk through the Mount Kilimanjaro forest. As you hike through the forest, you will see the unique landscape and vegetation of the region. Along the way, you might even spot monkeys and a wide variety of birds. The Mount Kilimanjaro forest is home to elephants, leopards, buffalo, antelope, primates, and the endangered Abbott’s dicker, just to name a few. Depending on your fitness level, you will walk for 3- to 4-hours before arriving at Mandara Hut for a picnic lunch. After lunch, it’s back on the hiking trail as you head to the Maundi Crater. Afterward, hike for approximately 2-hours to Marangu gate. At Marangu Gate, your van will be waiting for you, and you’ll start the drive back to Arusha.

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What people are saying about Arusha (Region)

I had one day prior to joining my Kilimanjaro group to explore the local area so decided on the waterfalls and coffee tour. I got promptly collected by a driver from my hotel who took me to Materuni village; he spoke great English and gave me information en route. On arrival at materuni, I met a local guide who took me to the waterfall, which was about an hour hike. Beautiful scenery and the guide was amazing! After the hike, I got to make coffee with the locals and enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the village houses - highly recommend!!

Sympathetic and competent guide. Actually, you stay outside the national park because the entrance fee for one day is not worth it. Due to rainy weather, all paths were quite slippery and bathing below the waterfall was not possible. Coffee farm: Good explanations and some show when preparing coffee from the bean. (Banana) beer tasting on the roof terrace in Moshi is not possible, as the restaurant is closed due to Corona

We were picked up in Arusha and driven to Materuni Village where our tour started. The guide spoke good English and told a lot of interesting during the tours. It was a lovely trip and well worth the money. Making coffee with a local family on their farm was a delight, and the coffee tasted heavenly. We had the opportunity to buy a bag of coffee beans and local paintings with us. Highly recommended.

The Guide was super friendly and had an answer to every question. From my side, it's an absolutely must do, to go to the Waterfalls and see the coffee process. The People from the Village are very friendly and the food, is super great. Many thanks to the guide and Thomas, who was driving us.