Marangu day trip
At home with the Chaggas
Our Marangu day trip has it all: culture, cuisine, caves and many lively conversations with the locals. You will even be able to take a dip in a waterfall, so bring your bathing suit with you.
The city of Marangu lies on the fertile slopes of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro and is steeped in tradition. You will explore the culture and the frightening history of the Chagga tribe (they have built these caves for a reason) and you will take a short but delightful hike in the lush green countryside to a sparkling waterfall, but do not worry, before you have the energy We stop at a small coffee plantation where you have the opportunity to prepare your own coffee.
Immerse yourself in the traditional city life of Marangu for a day.
- Village charges
- English speaking tour guide
- Having lunch
- 1.5l bottle of water
- Banana wine and beer tasting
- personal items
- Sodas and alcoholic drinks at lunch
We leave Moshi first thing in the morning as we circle the foothills of Kilimanjaro with the rising sun to our right. Our first stop is the Kilimanjaro park entrance in Marangu, at 1900m altitude, starting point for the Marangu route. It’s a great way to start the day, a strange mixture of the quiet atmosphere of the green mountain forest and the tense excitement of mountaineers trying to climb Kilimanjaro. The atmosphere is captivating and we may need to push you back into the van before you join the mountain!
Your nose will show you the way to our second stop. Marangu is coffee land and the beans are grown and roasted locally. We stop at a small coffee farm to learn how the locals grow, harvest and process their coffee beans that grow in this perfect climate. You even have the opportunity to roast your own beans and prepare your own cup of fresh coffee.
All of this culture will probably give you a blessed appetite, so our next stop is the city center, for a tasty and traditional Chagga lunch, in our little favorite restaurant where a warm local meal is served.
Well-fortified, we will leave for the Ndoro Falls to take a small digestive walk. The 30-minute hike to the foot of the waterfall takes us through lush green forest via a steep descent to the rocks. Enjoy the sparkling waters that fall from the cliffs, or take a dip in the pool.
A dark contrast is the visit to the extensive Chagga Underground caves built by the Chagga to protect them from the Masai who once roamed the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro to enslave or kill them. We will spend a fascinating hour at the Chagga Live Museum, an outdoor space that will give you further insights into traditional Chagga life. We round off the eventful day with a typical banana beer or a glass of banana wine – after all, we are here in the banana country.
Finally, get a little bit puzzled, but fall happily into the back seat of the van. You have experienced so much in one day, you have earned a break while driving back to Moshi.