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.
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.