On the edge of Ngorongoro Conservation Area lies Kitela Lodge, our preferred mid-range option in the Karatu / Mto wa Mbu area. The hotel has a swimming pool and a spa and offers magnificent views of the conservation area. If you want to recover from your safari and relax in style, this is the place for you!
All rooms have an elegant style and are equipped with their own private terrace or balcony.
Bathrooms are private for all rooms.
MATERUNI WATERFALLS AND COFFEE TOUR DAY TRIP, TANZANIA
On the edge of Kilimanjaro National Park and just a 45-minute drive from Moshi lies Materuni village, an authentic Chagga village. The Chagga are the third largest tribe of over 120 tribes existing in Tanzania, and most of them live on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ll spend most of the day hiking to and visiting Materuni waterfalls, but you’ll also get tons of information about Chagga culture, and the chance to make your own coffee from A to Z. Local style, of course!
MATERUNI WATERFALLS AND COFFEE TOUR ITINERARY
Your guide/driver will pick you up in Moshi around 9 am and drive for 45 minutes to Materuni village. After you’ve registered at the village office, your adventure can start.
First on the planning is a visit to the waterfalls. You’ll walk for about 45 minutes over narrow paths through lush vegetation. On a clear day you might see Kilimanjaro, but even if you don’t we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. The scenery is stunning and your guide will give you a first introduction to Chagga culture and habits. There’ll be time to rest at the waterfall, or even a swim if you’re brave enough to face the cold water.
Later on you’ll walk back to the village over a partly different path, which again will take around 45 minutes. You’ll continue your day with a coffee experience. Your guide will explain more about how the coffee beans are grown, dried, roasted etc. But that’s not all! You won’t just get the explanation, but also the opportunity to execute every step by yourself, while the locals are singing and dancing all around.
After all this hard work you deserve a nice lunch, and the local ‘mama’s’ will be more than happy to prepare some of their favorite Chagga dishes for you. Banana stew, pilau or rice and beans are only a few of the options.
Once you’ve finished your meal and coffee it’s time to leave and your guide/driver will take you back to Moshi.
Duration: +- 6 hours
Driving time: 1,5 hours, return
Don’t forget: decent walking shoes, bathing suit, towel, some money in case you want to buy local coffee
PRICES FROM 60 USD PER PERSON
HOW DIFFICULT IS THE HIKE?
We’d categorize this hike as a rather easy one. Big parts of it are (almost) flat, and the sections that go uphill are short enough to give you time to breathe in between. A few of them are a bit steep, but this hike can be completed by anyone with a normal physical condition. If for any reason you think you’re unable to complete it, we can arrange for a motorbike or even a car to bring you to about 10-15 minutes from the waterfall.
During or shortly after the rain season the paths can get muddy and slippery. We always recommend to wear decent walking shoes, but especially during this time.
OUR OFFER – PRICES AND SERVICES
Prices depend on the size of your group and are as follows:
- 1 person: 90 USD per person
- 2 people: 70 USD per person
- 3 people: 60 USD per person
- 4–7 people: 50 USD per person
Please contact us for different group sizes or groups including children. All our day trips can depart from another starting point, like the airport for example. Prices might be different in this case, so please let us know and we’ll send you the right quote.
- Private transport from your accommodation in Moshi to Materuni village and back
- English speaking guide that will guide you from Materuni village to the waterfall and teach you about Chagga culture
- Entrance fee to the village and waterfall
- Coffee tour and tasting
- Chagga lunch
- A bottle of water per person (1,5 liters)
In Tanzania, a tip is expected after your participation in a tourist activity. This tip is not included in your package. The recommended amount for a tour guide is 20-25 USD per day if you’re satisfied, to be divided by all your group members. As we pay a lot of attention to creating good working conditions for all our crew members and making sure they get paid according to guidelines from organizations that defend their rights, we kindly request you to respect this amount for any trip. Thank you!
So, not sure what to do in Moshi in the next couple of days? Send us a message and we’ll make sure you have an amazing time!