At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, utside
the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, lie the beautiful towns
of Mamba and Marangu. Here, local people have planned walking tours
through valleys and waterfalls depicting mountain village life. (To be booked inconjunction with a safari)
Tours on the slopes of Kilimanjaro include
- Guided tours leading to panoramic viewpoints
ideal for photographing waterfalls and Mount Kilimanjaro
- A chance to pass historical sites of clan wars
and ancient legends including large caves used for hiding during
the Chagga- Maasai wars.
- A visit to local blacksmiths who continue using
ancestral methods to prepare Maasai spears and tools.
- Opportunities to experience Chagga culture
with a visit to a traditional Chagga house.
Mamba and Marangu
Magnificient views of valleys and waterfalls offer
great entertainment for nature lovers and bird watchers. With more
than seven waterfalls in the vicinity one can spend a whole day
enjoying the picture postcard views. Walking tours will provide
magnificient view overlooking the area including points where the
lights of Nairobi can be seen at night.
Walking through the well maintained coffee and banana fields is
a pleasure. Visists to tree, flower and fruit nurseries help to
portray mountain life and give guests the chance to see a wide range
of unique flora and fauna.
A morning visit to the ancient sites in the Makundi
area recalls clan wars and historic legends. You can enter the Laka
Holes, large hiding caves which were used to protect women and children
during the Maasai-chagga Wars. Visitors will actually get to see
Blacksmiths who still use traditional methods to prepare spears
and tools used by Maasai people today! A local woodcarving school
allows visitors to meet a skilled teacher who is one of the oldest
active members within the community.
Mountain climbing enthusiasts will be delighted
to visit the home and memorial of the late Yohano Lauwo, a Marangu
native who accompanied Dr. Hans Meyer on the first recorded climb
of Kilimanjaro in 1889. He lived for an astonishing 124 years and
guided treks up the mountain at the edge of 70 years! Walking tours
through Marangu also offer breathtaking scenery. You can visit Kinukamori,
Moonjo or Mteshane waterfall depending on your ohysical condition.
You can learn more about the Chagga culture by visiting a traditional
Chagga house with straw roof. You can walk through the Chief Mangi
area where the first court and primary school of the Northern region
are still functioning. At the Kilema Roman catholic mission, you
can see the first coffee tree planted in Tanzania by an Irish missinonary
100 years ago. Kilimanjaro area is now one of the leading coffee
producers in the country. A light climb up Ngangu hill with it’s
fantastic view is a pleasure. On clear days the snow of Kibo Peak
is so close, the plains so wide and the Pare Mountains to grab.
All the sites can be visited, on foot, in one
full day tour or can be spread more comfortably over two days. From
the Makundi blacksmith area to Kilema transport can be organized
to cover the distance. Depending on the visitors condition, a convenient
waterfall will be visited. We will be more than happy to arrange
a custom made tour to satisfy your preference if you wish to focus
on certain aspects.
Guides on these cultural walking Safaris
All our guides have been living in the Kilimanjaro
area for many years and are conversant in English. Many of them
are experienced guides for Kilimanjaro treks and can recount tales
of their climbing adventures. They are all familiar with the surrounding
area and are sure to captivate you with interesting stories and
facts about the different cultures, nature and area.
Development fees from each tour will go towards
improvement of primary schools in the villages on the slopes of
Mount Kilimanjaro. Through your tourism participation, you will
help improve the quality of education in the Kilimanjaro area. The
development fee will assist in fulfilling the needs of books, equipment
and teaching aids. Ask the guide to have a visit at the nearby school.
The development fee is 10% of the total amount paid at the reception
of the participating hotel. A receipt will be delivered.
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