Mount Kilimanjaro, located in northern Tanzania, is the tallest mountain in Africa. Every year about 35,000 people attempt to climb this dormant volcano.If you are one of these lucky few, then there are many local activities you can partake in after the climb. There are some waterfalls, lakes, national parks and villages nearby that you can visit to experience Tanzania. Here’s a list of a few activities you can do in the Kilimanjaro region.
Hike to Materuni Waterfall and Swim in Its Pool
At the foothills of the Kilimanjaro mountain, you will find Materuni Waterfall. You will have to hike along a forested footpath which will lead you to the base of the waterfall, at the clear water pool that’s safe to swim in. The trail requires about 45 minutes of hiking. You might also spot monkeys and some birds on your way to the waterfall. Booking a tour or guide to the Materuni Waterfall would cost you about $65 per person for an English-speaking guide and would probably include packed lunch and bottled water.
Go on a Kilimanjaro Coffee Plantation Tour
Located at the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro are coffee farms. Coffee plantation tours are usually offered with the Materuni Waterfall tour. The Kilimanjaro coffee farms are known for their 100% arabica coffee. The tour involves showing tourists the growing and harvesting process. If you visit the farm in October and November, you will witness the coffee bushes bloom as the flowers give off a jasmine-like fragrance. Then you are shown how the farmers roast and grind the coffee. Most tours involve the tourists in the process, so in the end, they get to enjoy freshly brewed coffee with their processed beans.
Take a dip in Kikuletwa Hot Springs
The Kikuletwa Hot Springs is located at the Chemka Hot Springs campsite and is one of the most relaxing activities in the Kilimanjaro region. Trees encircle the area, and there is a tree rope, so you can enjoy swinging and jumping in the warm waters. Several food stalls are available, selling hot appetizing meals and delicious snacks. The campsite will cost you about $95 per person, which includes the entrance fee, a private guide, packed lunch and bottled water.
Canoe on little Momela Lake
The Momela Lakes are seven shallow alkaline lakes. They are located in the northeast of the Arusha National Park. As these lakes are alkaline, you won’t find any animals drinking the lake water. The national park is a sanctuary for several local and migratory bird species like flamingoes, pelicans and Egyptian geese. One of the many activities of the park includes canoeing in Momela Lake. You can take a guided canoe trip with skilled and experienced guides. While you paddle, you will come across grasslands, bushes, water bird species, buffaloes, hippos, zebras and giraffes. It would cost a single person about $360, which comprises the park fee, canoe fee, a guide, packed lunch and bottled water.
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