Kibosho cathedral

DAY TRIPS

Here are a few ideas for trips which can be made in a day from Moshi, with your own vehicle or with a tour operator/guide. Join the Kilimanjaro Mountain Club, who regularly organises day trips and camping weekends to many interesting places around the Kilimanjaro region.

Njoro (Rau) Forest - East from Moshi town.
Exciting forest with nature, people and water. See the highest tree in Africa (or Moshi) and watch Colobus monkeys eating wild fruits. It is best to go here with a local guide from one of the tour operators, hotels or ask at the Coffee Shop.

DO THE COFFEE TOUR! Do not just wonder about the origins of coffee you always drink. Producing the best quality coffee requires meticulous processing as well as harvesting. The coffee farmers at Uru and others villages will lead you in explorering their skilful practices of producing the best quality Arabica coffee. This will take you 2-3 hours of excursion in a typical coffee farm.

LAKE CHALA
A crater lake on the Kenyan border, fed from Kilimanjaro. A caldera lake set in a dramatic volcanic backdrop on the Tanzanian/Kenyan border, fed by underground springs from Kilimanjaro. Take a guide to the lake shore, or walk in the bush to the meteorite crater, or down the fascinating 'dry' river bed.
It has been made a national park and an entrance fee has now to be paid.

Directions: Drive to Himo and pass straight through towards Holili. 7,1km past Himo (measured from the Marangu turn-off in Himo) turn left onto a newly made gravel road, signpost to the camp is on your left. (there's a few houses on the right side of the tarmac, one with a satellite dish). Follow the road for 9km. You will reach a four cross way with a sign board “Malowa Catholic Church” and another sign to Chala Camp. Turn right here and follow the road, and signs for 6,9km to the Lake Chala Camp site. NOTE: At any Y-branch on this last 6,9km follow the straighter road (which is the left). You always drive more or less close to the power lines (at max 200m distance on your left side) up to the camp site and you are on the right road when it turns after 5km in a 90 degree bend to the left (as do the power lines)
Travel time: 1.30 hour.

CHEMKA SPRINGS (10 km south of Boma ya Ngombe)
Fascinating springs in beautiful surroundings. Camping permitted, visitors pay a development fee to village for a visit. Great swimming against strong flow of water, constant temperature of 28 degrees C. Please note that one young lady was attacked by a crocodile some years ago and tragically died. A commemoration plague can be seen near the spring. Ask villagers to take you to show the river, where on some days crocodiles can be seen basking in the sun. Crocodiles are dangerous animals!
For more information about the Region buy the Kilimanjaro Map at the Coffee Shop!
KIBOSHO
Visit the Catholic Cathedral or walk in the shamba's and forest. There are many large Catholic and Lutheran churches on the mountain which tell interesting stories. The Lutheran church at Kidia is the oldest German church in Tanzania.
Kibosho: Directions: 15km (North) past International School or KCMC, Travel time: 30minutes.
MARANGU
Walking in the national park with a guide (waterfalls/Mandara). Also a waterfall near the P.O. (at the turn-off to the national park). Visit Village Education Project Kilimanjaro's craft shop and cafe in Marangu that sells crafts made by local students at the Mshiri Vocational Training School.
Directions: Dar/Hingili road (East), Travel time: 40minutes/1hr (for national park).

Mkomazi National Park or check the Tanga Tourist Guide for more links.
Newly estbalished national park. Rhino and African Wild Dog sanctuary (not open for visitors), camping available or stay in a hotel in Same.
Directions: South (Dar road) to beyond Same, Travel time: 1½ hours.

MANDARA (1st Hut, Mt. Kilimanjaro)
Drive to Marangu gate, take a guide and walk up to the first hut on the Marangu Route. A tough, full-day's walk; wear good boots. You will need to pay for entry into the park and a guide.
Directions: Dar - Taveta Road (East) to National Park Gate, Travel time: 1hour.
Nyumba ya Mungu reservoir
A great place for birds and scenery. There are fishing settlements around the lake.
Directions: South of Mwanga (Dar road) turn right for Lang'ata (watch for the large Tanesco sign.
Travel time: 1½ hours.
TPC Sugar Cane Plantation
A nice drive (if you like endless fields of sugar cane), especially when the flame trees along the access road are in blossom. The road can take you to Nyumba ya Mungu reservoir. There is an excellent golf course with a club house which serves lunch. Visitors welcome.
Directions: South past Kibo Breweries, Travel time: 50 minutes.

Lake Duluti
Tengeru (near Arusha) via Mountain Lodge Hotel.
Directions: 70 kms West on the Arusha Road, 1 hour

Makoa Farm
Tel: 0754 312896
Half day riding horse safari with picnic
Finally, a wander round the Moshi Cemetery on the Arusha Road can be fascinating - there's quite a history there.