Looking for top things to do in Moshi other than climbing Kilimanjaro and Safari?. We have carefully picked 7 top activities you can do while you are in Moshi.
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Marangu day trip is a full day walk around Marangu village. It is about 40 kilometers from Moshi town. Marangu village hosts the headquarter of Kilimanjaro National Park. It is here where Kilimanjaro climbers via the Marangu route come to start their hike. At Marangu village, you will have plenty of activities to do such as testing local food and beer. You can enjoy a waterfall, take a Chagga historical tour, visit local blacksmiths, and make coffee. You definitely have to put the Marangu day trip on your list of things to do in Moshi.
Kikuletwa Hot Springs also known as Chemka Hot Springs is a beautiful place to relax, swim and enjoy fish massage. Kikuletwa hot springs have crystal clear, turquoise water which will surely refresh your body. The water is however not truly hot as the name suggests. Rather it is very refreshing, coming from Mount Kilimanjaro.A trip to Kikuletwa Hot Springs can be a couple of hours or a full day depending on what you wish you to do. There are several local food merchants. You may choose to try some local meals. People normally sit down nearby the springs and have a picnic lunch.
Lake Chala is located an hour’s drive from Moshi town. Lake Chala offers tranquility and beautiful views. There are several activities you can do at Lake Chala such as kayaking, hiking, taking a picnic lunch, and birding. Swimming and fishing are not allowed in Lake Chala. The lake is about 8 kilometers from the Tanzania – Kenya border. The depth of Lake Chala is between 70 to 90cm. It is surrounded by almost vertical walls as high as 100m.During the year, depending on the season, the color of the water of this beautiful lake changes from turquoise, deep blue to green. The lake is supplied via underwater streams from Mt. Kilimanjaro. It drains again into neighboring Lake Jipe via underground tunnels. On a clear day, you can see Mount Kilimanjaro from here. Lake Chala is close to Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. For this reason, sometimes you might be able to see elephants that migrate back and forth between Tanzania and Kenya. Learn more here about Lake Chala as one of the things to do while you are in Moshi.
Materuni waterfall tour offers a unique experience of an authentic Chagga tribal village. Materuni waterfall is located about 15 kilometers from Moshi town. It is the last village before you enter Kilimanjaro national park. While you are there, you will take a village tour learning about the day-to-day experiences of the locals, learning about the Chagga tribe, and its culture. You will have a chance to make coffee just like the Chaggas do. You will get a chance to learn about coffee farming, the biggest economic activity in the area. The ultimate experience is enjoying the waters of the 150 meters high waterfall. You will have the fun of hiking for about 30 minutes through agricultural land and the deep rainforest to reach Materuni waterfalls.
Get an insight into the everyday life in Moshi town with this tour. You will explore local markets, supermarkets, churches, historical structures, and streets. On this tour, you will have a chance to get a cup of coffee at one of the local coffee shops. In the afternoon, you will have lunch at one of the fine restaurants which offer local and international cuisines. End your Moshi city tour with a visit to one of the nightclubs for a test of nightlife in town. Moshi city tour gives you a chance to shop for souvenirs and support the local entrepreneurs.
Rau forest tour will surely give you a true African forest experience. Rau forest reserve tour is what we call wildlife and culture experience. Rau forest presents an abundance of nature. There you will see several unique tree species and learn their uses. There are blue monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and several bird species.The forest is actively used by the locals for rituals purposes. You will not end this tour without visiting East Africa’s oldest tree called East African teak (Milicia excelsa). The locals call this tree Mvule Mkuu.Your Rau forest tour will give you a chance to take part in several cultural tourism activities. There is a great view of rice plantations outside the forest. You will get a chance to learn how rice farming takes place in the area. On a clear day, you may also have great views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
As one of the things to do in Moshi, taking a cooking class from a local will be a great experience. With a cooking class, you will not only learn how to cook local food but also get a better sense of the food, culture, and way of life. You will understand how the food is sourced and cooked and you will share a home-cooked meal with your host!The dishes you may try and prepare include Ugali, Fruits (mango, avocado), Uji (a local porridge made from a mix of millet, corn, peanuts, and wheat). You may also cook Mtori (beef and green banana stew) and rice with spiced beans.Your cooking class tour gives you a chance to visit a local market and garden, where you will be introduced to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Learn more about the ingredients on sale and how it is used in the traditional cooking process. All cooking instructions will be given in the English language