If you have only got a day for safari in your busy itinerary, take a day safari to Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater. Don’t miss the opportunity to see wildlife because your time is short. You and your driver will set off the day, with a delicious packed lunch, for what can be the most unexpected day.
Walking Tour – Kilimanjaro Foothills
The foothills of Kilimanjaro offer a great nature and cultural experience. With a local guide, you will explore the local environment and get to know the Chagga People: the people of Kilimanjaro. Walking from Mweka Village to Kibosho Village, you will pass through local shambas, pass by local schools and ending at the Gothic Catholic Church built in 1890. Lunch will be had on the way and you get the opportunity to try the local banana beer or wine.
Day Hiking on Kilimanjaro
For those who want to experience being in the National Park but don’t have the time to take on the whole summit, a day hike to the first hut on the Marangu Route is for you. With a guide you will ascent to 2700m to Mandara Hut and to the Maundi crater before walking back down to Marangu gate.
Rau Forest Bike Ride
Enjoy a cycling tour to Rau Forest Reserve for nature experience and to a small vibrant Tanzanian market. Rau Forest is famous for its Monkeys and if you’re lucky you will see the beautiful Black and White Collobus Monkeys.
Lake Chala By Day
Lake Chala is a crater lake in a caldera on the border of Tanzania and Kenya on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro, an hours’ drive from Moshi town. Depending on the time of year, the lake ranges in colour from deep blue to turquoise and green and is surrounded by a 100 meter high crater rim.
There are three walks you can do:
- The River Bed Trail following the wonderfully carved and varied ‘dry’ river bed then back up the Camp hill to the Kenyan border, and down along the edge of crater lake.
- The Chala Hill walk is best done in the early morning. (Sunrise is between 06.00 hrs and 06.30 hrs) Well worth the climb, this is an incredibly scenic walk with breath taking 360% views across the lake to Kenya, to Lake Jipe, Kilimanjaro and over most of the 800 hectares of Chala land.
- The Lake Walk, a steep descent and good walking shoes are advised. There are steps and safety chains in the very steep places. Down at the lake, the deck provides a great place to chill or take a swim or kayak out and about on the lake.
Lunch can be taken at the Restaurant, with it expansive views over the lake and the savannah. It is best to order before you head off on your walk. Picnic lunches can also be taken.
Majo Moto – the not so hot Hot Spring
Maji Moto, literally meaning ‘hot water’ in Swahili, is where a cluster of bowed fig trees and palms embrace an oasis of cool, lush calm – an outlet for an underground spring. Although named ‘moto’ meaning ‘hot’, the water often ranges from cool to luke-warm; a welcome delight following a stifling, sticky journey through the bush. Small sucking loach fish swim between the rocks and nibble at your feet as you descend into the refreshing water, and turtles are often spotted basking in the depths. The spring is thought to be crocodile and hippo free due to its depth and steep banks, although further up the river it flows into there has been talk of sightings of the occasional crocodile.