Marangu village: (meaning Land of Water in the local Chagga language) is perennially lush and cool, with mornings shrouded in mist and doused with overnight rainfalls. It’s a great deal more romantic than Moshi ideal if you prefer a more rural atmosphere, with most of the accommodations options conveniently within the Marangu village. This makes it an ideal base for those who wish to explore the foothills and forests of Mount Kilimanjaro.
This is a rural area. Imagine a belt, a few kilometers wide, running the entire circumference of the mountain between the rainforest belt and the plains below. On the southern slopes especially (the northern slopes are much drier) this belt is a patchwork quilt of tiny farmsteads. This is the home of the chaggas people. It is a heavily populated area although you don’t see that at ground level because of the prolific vegetation. You are never far, in this whole area, from the mountain’s many rivers and waterfalls and the myriad rural pathways linking the whole.
Marangu village Day tour takes you on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Marangu is a lively market town with a cool climate. The location of the town makes it an ideal starting point for climbing mount Kilimanjaro and here we like to see the guests paying the local people involved directly. Our reception will introduce the guests to a reliable day guide and then they take it from there. Coffee is grown on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and Meru. The day guides are knowledgeable about this and the other crops grown on the farmsteads. Coffee is not as important a cash crop to the local people as it once was but the day guides can talk to visitors about it and show them how it is grown, harvested and processed. They will probably offer to sell you some beans. Caveat Emptor!
Marangu is also an excellent location for hiking, bird watching and taking in the sights of rural Africa.
The cultural tourism program offers the opportunity for visitors to watch traditional blacksmiths, visit nearby caves and waterfalls as well as experience life in the local chagga tribe.
People around Marangu village are very welcoming and we hope you will enjoy your time with them.
While in Marangu one can learn more about the chagga culture by visiting a traditional chagga house made of straw roofing. Also the traditional food made by bananas and local brew known as Mbege can be tasted.
ADVENTURE WALKING/TREKING: Foot Forest of Mountain Kilimanjaro and waterfalls walking.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SCENERY: Taking photos of different things as you like.
CULTURE EXPLORATION: Having movement on Chagas tribe to see what they do and how the leave.
MARANGU LOCAL MARKERT:
There are colorful local markets in different location within walking distances held twice a week in where “bananas” selling takes place. Marangu is the largest market for the sale of bananas in the country and attracts buyers from all over Tanzania
PICNICK LUNCH: Having a picnic lunch.
During in the evening drive back to Arusha to your hotel .