In Country Day Trips
We are pleased to add to our 'specialist' section by offering original "in country" day trips/activities for those of you already in Tanzania and for those wanting to add extra locally based activities to your overall experience.
The following options are available so please do contact us for pricing information, as this varies from price per person to those travelling in larger groups:
Below you will find more detailed information on the following:
- Chemka Hot Springs
- Materuni Waterfall and Coffee Tour
- Lake Chala - day trip and/or camping
- Cultural Maasai Tour
- 1 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Trek
- 1 Day Safari to Tarangire National Park
Chemka Hot Springs
"Chemka", in Swahili means boiling or bubbling, this beautiful mineral spring originates from Kilimanjaro ground waters that release bubbles as it comes up into the natural pool surrounded by huge fig trees. Approximately 2 hours drive from Moshi; these tranquil springs are hidden by beautiful green forest and the crystal clear water is a warm but very refreshing 26 degrees. It is the ideal spot for taking a relaxing dip, for a picnic or BBQ. A guide and driver will accompany you to the hot springs where you can spend the afternoon, the whole day or even camp overnight. You may even be lucky and spot some baboons in the tree tops.
Materuni Waterfall and Coffee Tour
A short drive from Moshi, Materuni waterfalls & coffee tour is ideal for those with limited time looking for beautiful scenery, a short hike and a cultural experience.
This very impressive waterfall is one of the tallest in the area where you will see crystal clear glacier water. These falls are smaller than the Ndoro waterfalls but still pretty impressive at around 150 metres high and definitely a sight worth seeing. From Materuni village we will walk to this stunning waterfall which takes just 30 minutes, this is a really interesting hike through farm land growing coffee, bananas and many other fruit and vegetables. Once at the waterfall, you will be given time to take it all in, have a swim in the cool water if you wish and enjoy lunch before heading to Materuni village. The village is located at a height of 1300m (4300ft) above sea level, set within dramatic landscapes covered by tropical rain forest; here you will be able to see the typical life of the Chagga tribe.
Materuni is one of the many villages in Tanzania populated by the Chagga tribe. Materuni Village produces many perishable goods including yam, sugar, maize and beans. However, the main crop that is grown in coffee. In the village you will be able to learn about the process from which coffee is grown, to when it is finally poured, steaming hot into the cup. You will pick you own coffee, remove the cover and with coffee that has been previously dried out, crush it into coffee granules. After this process you will be able to have your very own satisfying and rewarding cup of fresh coffee!
An ideal site for day trips or camping, an hour's drive from Moshi lies the hidden, amazing and little known Lake Chala. Thought to be the deepest inland body of water in Africa, Chala is a unique and almost bottomless caldera lake, its brilliant waters are fed only by underground streams from Kilimanjaro. Set in outstanding natural beauty with its immensely diverse ecosystem this stunning piece of African wilderness is the perfect place to get away and absorb the serenity and tranquility it offers. There are a huge variety of trees and plants, some unique to the area, there are also many species of butterflies and birds, including spectacular birds of prey, along with a variety of wildlife from Colobus monkeys to baboons to the Dik-dik, Kudu and Elephants. Lake Chala lies at a height of 900m and is a wonderful area in which to hike; down to the lake, round the rim of the lake, up Chala Hill, river walks, meteorite crater or out in the bush. Walking at Chala through this ancient land is a magical experience that will put you back in touch with nature and re-awaken your soul.
On arrival at Chala your guide will accompany you by foot down to the Lake, a 30 minute descent into the crater. Once at the bottom you will discover the beautiful, refreshing water with shades ranging from deep blue to turquoise to dark green, surrounded by a 100m crater rim and lush surroundings. Whether swimming or just taking in the spectacular scenery, the length of time spent down at the Lake is entirely up to you. After making the hike back up to the picnic site, you will be welcomed to the BBQ that has been prepared for you. After lunch you will have the choice of heading back to Moshi or Arusha. If you wish to spend more time at Lake Chala, overnight camping can be arranged.
Cultural Maasai Tour
On the border between Moshi and Arusha, live one of the most famous tribes in Tanzania; the Maasai. The Maasai people are pastoralists; owning large herds of cattle, sheep and goats which they follow around seasonally in search of new grazing and water sources. The traditional Maasai lifestyle centres around their cattle which constitutes their primary source of food. The measure of a Maasai mans’ wealth is in terms of cattle and children, a herd of 50 cattle is respectable and the more children the better. A man who has plenty of one but not the other is considered poor. Maasai men are first and foremost warriors; they protect their tribe, their cattle and their grazing lands. Often standing over 6ft tall with beaded hair, red checked blanket (Shuka) and balled club, he looks both fierce and beautiful. Maasai women are responsible for all domestic tasks, including building their houses which are either star shaped or circular and made of mud, sticks, grass, cow dung and human urine. The able bodied women also milk the cows, collect water and look after the children. They are equally as impressive as the men in their looks, tall, slender and bedecked in large beaded necklaces. Spending a day in a Maasai village will give you a true insight into their way of living and let you witness them practice their original traditions.
1 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Trek
If you are only in Tanzania for a short amount of time, or are not quite ready to tackle the summit of Africa's largest mountain, then Original Tanzania can arrange for you to do the first day of the hike up Mt Kilimanjaro. After reaching the gates at Marangu, you will hike for approximately 3-4 hours to the first base camp, 2,700 meters from the base of the mountain. Here you will take a break for a picnic lunch, whilst also having the opportunity to take in the stunning wildlife that surrounds you, before starting your descent. You will be accompanied by a qualified and licensed guide, ready to answer all your questions, while pointing out things of interest along the way.
1 Day Safari to Tarangire National Park
Early morning drive from Arusha to Tarangire. The park contains a range of different habitats from grasslands and woods, to low hills, scrub and swampland in the south. Tarangire is south east of Lake Manyara and is well-known as the home of elephants, where it is not unusual to hear of hundreds of sightings a day. It is also home to the mystical Baobab trees, the elephants’ favourite food. Other wildlife include; waterbucks, impalas, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo. Most of the predators which can be spotted are lions and hyenas. You will also spot the stunning birds of East Africa, from the Fire Finch to the African Fish Eagle. The Tarangire River cuts through the park and connects to Lake Burunge in the west; it is the key to life in the dry season when most of the migration congregate here. We will stop at one of the many view points in the park for a picnic lunch, and then enjoy an afternoon game drive before our drive back to Arusha in the early evening.