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Materuni waterfalls Hike and Coffee Tour

Materuni waterfalls Hike and Coffee Tour

Materuni waterfalls Hike and Coffee Tour

Materuni is the home of the Chagga tribe and is still an authentic tribal village. This charming place is just 15km away from Moshi Town and is the last village before the Kilimanjaro National Park.

A tour to Materuni Village and Waterfalls is a great way to spend a day away from the bustle of town life. The walk to Materuni Waterfall offers a glimpse into the nature of Tanzania allowing you either to prepare your body for the forthcoming climb to Kilimanjaro or ease your muscles after the climb.

On this  tour, you will get the opportunity to explore the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and visit the beautiful village of Materuni. Here you will be able to mingle with the locals and learn about their traditional way of life, including a visit to a local coffee shamba (farm) and the stunning waterfalls.

Materuni village: coffee experience & Chagga lunch

Once you get to the waterfall you can of course rest for a while and you can even swim. But be prepared, as the water is usually super cold! You then hike back for about 1 hour, as the path goes uphill on the way back. You can stop along the way to get some local banana beer, which I’ll just describe here as having a quite particular taste.

After arriving back in the village, you can head to one of the places that organizes coffee experiences. All of them offer a similar service and also prepare Chagga lunches so it really doesn’t matter that much which one you pick. There’s a few close to the office and there’s others for which you need to walk a bit more. The coffee experience is pretty fun, as the local guys will be singing and dancing throughout the whole process. You’ll process coffee beans from the first step to the last, fully by hand, and end up with a nice cup of fresh coffee. 

Materuni Waterfalls Map & FAQ

Materuni Waterfall is one of the Waterfalls in the Mware River (Kilimanjaro Region, North East Tanzania). It is found in the village of Materuni on the edge of the Kilimanjaro mountain reserve.

The walk to Materuni Waterfall offers a glimpse into the nature of Tanzania allowing you either to prepare your body for the forthcoming climb to Kilimanjaro or ease your muscles after the climb.

The tour starts with a walk to Materuni Waterfall. It is an opportunity to see how local fruit like avocados, mangos, lemons, and bananas grow, as well as learn some of the local history, traditions, village economy, agricultural and cultural life. When you get to the waterfall, you can refresh yourself in the natural pool, so swimsuits will come in handy!

The tour will continue with a visit to the local village lying in the coffee plantations. The villagers will demonstrate the process of coffee farming and guide you through the preparation of coffee from a bean to a cup. Sing and dance along with the Chaga people as they are grinding, roasting and boiling the beans. When the coffee is ready, villagers will serve lunch — a national Chagga meal.

Tour price includes:

  • Transfer from Moshi and back;
  • Entry ticket;
  • Guided tour at the coffee plantation, waterfalls and local village;
  • Lunch;
  • Soft drinks and water.

We’d categorize this hike as a rather easy one. Big parts of it are (almost) flat, and the sections that go uphill are short enough to give you time to breathe in between. 

A few of them are a bit steep, but this hike can be completed by anyone with a normal physical condition. If for any reason you think you’re unable to complete it, we can arrange for a motorbike or even a car to bring you to about 10-15 minutes from the waterfall.

During or shortly after the rain season the paths can get muddy and slippery. We always recommend to wear decent walking shoes, but especially during this time. 

YES;  This excursion is ideal for body acclimatization especially for those planning to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro as the trek will take you up to over 1,400 m/ 4593 ft amsl.

YES, it is very possible, its only about 80KM from Arusha town.

Moshi Kilimanjaro Mini Guide

Travellers that aim to visit and climb Mount Kilimanjaro tend to use Moshi Town as their base location before climbing. The town provides many services that are needed for Mountain climbing. With service and offices like banks, restaurants, good infrastructure and hotels for overnight stays before and after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro make Moshi be the first option for Mount Kilimanjaro base camp

Moshi is the nearest town to Mount Kilimanjaro and the cleanest town all over Tanzania. When in Moshi you can view Mount Kilimanjaro on the backdrop of the town. The snowcapped mountain can be seen clearly especially in a blue sky.

The entire Moshi town is surrounded by lush green vegetation and a naturally tranquil atmosphere full of fresh air. Moshi rural that comprises of nearby places like Machame, Marangu, Materuni villages are evergreen.

Where to Stay in Moshi?

Moshi has a wide variety of hotels from budget to mid-range and luxury hotels. The average accommodation options in Moshi are 3-star hotels. These many options at disposal make Moshi the preferred choice of accommodation before your climb.

Best time to Visit Moshi

You can visit Moshi Town any time of the year but the best months to visit Moshi during the dry and warm months are January and February, and also from June to October when the sky is clear. These are also the best months to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Climbs and Treks

Moshi is the preferred town for spending your day before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Trip Insight Tanzania will be happy tom organize your Mountain climbing expedition to the highest peak in Africa. Email them: