Materuni and surroundings offer great opportunities for great hiking to stunning waterfalls. This very impressive Waterfall is one of the tallest in the area, spewing crystal clear glacier water 70m into its basin. The beautiful path leading to Materuni Waterfall is located 2500m above sea level. It traverses thru valleys and hills covered by tropical rainforest, past coffee, banana and avocado “shambas”, the Kiswahili word for farms. On a clear day great views of Kibo and Moshi can be seen.
The hike to the base of the Waterfall can be demanding and hiking boots are recommended. Upon reaching the bottom a picnic lunch will be served before returning to Materuni village, the starting point of the hike. Hiking boots and a pole are highly recommended. If a pole is not available the guide will construct one from tree branches found in the area. A cultural experience such as banana beer brewed or coffee roasted the traditional way can be added to your hike.
Ndoro Waterfall, just like Kilasia and Kinukamori, is located in the beautiful country side surrounding Marangu. A one hour hike thru the lush landscapes of Chagga land will take you to the entrance hut of Ndoro, where you will be given a hiking stick to assist you to the base of the fall. Simple steps, occasionally steep, with banisters consisting of thick tree branches, have been edged into the hill and zigzag toward the bottom. As you near Ndoro you can feel the temperature drop due to the refreshing spray of water resulting from the fall.The entrance area is well maintained and makes for a great rest stop after having climbed back up.Hiking boots are recommended.
Kinukamori is located in Chagga Land in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Its crystal clear water originates in the natural springs of volcanic rocks on Kilimanjaro. You will be able to visit Kinukamori on top and bottom. This picturesque spot is great for swimming or just relaxing and enjoying the refreshing breeze from the waterfall. Starting at 8.30 am a thirty minute drive from Moshi will take us to Marangu Village, where we will begin our short 20 minute hike to Kinukamori Waterfall. Along the way you will pass thru beautiful forest past tall Eucalyptus trees among many others. At Kinukamori we will be serving a picnic lunch before making our way back to Moshi.
Chagga legend tells that a long time ago a young Chagga woman found herself pregnant outside of wedlock. She decided to kill herself by jumping from the top of the waterfall. After contemplating on top she changed her mind. However, just as she was turning around to leave, a leopard approached her from behind. He jumped and pushed her down the fall into her death.
Starting at 9:30 am in Moshi, a thirty minute drive will take us to Marangu Mtoni, near the Marangu Gate, from where we will start our hike. We will be walking on Chagga Road, a small path thru beautiful forest, which will take us to Kilasia Waterfall. On the way you will see the inter cropping of bananas, coffee, beans and corn. Inter cropping is the practice of growing two or more crops in close proximity and requires careful planning taking into account soil, climate, light and physical space needed by each individual plant. A skill mastered by the Chagga people.
Lunch will be enjoyed in the ambiance of Kilasia Waterfall. Afterwards we will be making our way back to Marangu, and from there to Moshi.
Uru Waterfalls are approximately a thirty-minute drive from Moshi town on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The 50 meter waterfalls is one of the hidden treasures of Kilimanjaro Region and offers tourists the opportunity to hike through coffee farms, interact with local children and enjoy a spectacular view. Tourists stop at the Uru village government office before the trail head to pay a fee which goes into the village development fund.