At the base of Mount Kilimanjaro on the border between Moshi and Arusha lies one of the many homes to one of the most famous tribes in Tanzania; the Masai. The Masai are one of only 2 tribes Tanzania, the other being the Bushman, who retain their original culture and practices. The Masai practice a type of living called Nomadic Pastoralism. This is where people move with their cattle to find suitable grazing areas before returning to their home base. Within the Masai tribe the men and older children move with the cattle, taking care of them as they graze, while the women stay at home and take care of the home and younger children. By travelling and spending a day in one of their villages, you will get a true insight into the way that they live. As well as witnessing many of their original traditions, you will have the opportunity to see the process of a goat or sheep being slaughtered right up to the point where it is put on the bbq and cooked. If you wish you can then take part in a traditional Masai feast. A truly unique and insightful day that you will definitely never forget.
Lake Chala is a crater lake in a caldera on the borders of Tanzania and Kenya on the eastern edge of Mount Kilimanjaro, an hour’s drive from Moshi town and 8 km north of Taveta. Depending on the time of year, it ranges in colour from deep blue to turquoise and green and is surrounded by a 100 meter high crater rim. Having reached the Lake, with a guide, you will descend for 30 minutes down into the crater, on foot, to discover the refreshing and rewarding water that awaits you. It is then completely up to you how long you want to spend down at the lake, either swimming or simply taking in the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Having then made the hike back up to the picnic area and restaurant, you will see the delicious bbq feast that has been prepared for you. Depending on your taste buds, or dietary requirements, you will be able to specify the type of food that you would like prior to going on the trip. You now have the choice of heading back to Moshi or spending the night and therefore a few more hours in this simply perfect spot.
Approximately one hour outside of Moshi town, lays Njoro Forest. By taking bicycles, or simply on foot, you will explore the forest with a guide, where it is possible to spot the colobus monkey, blue monkey and if lucky, the rarely sited Kirk’s dik-dik which also inhabit all of the national safari parks. You will also visit a rice plantation and the enormous magical tree, surrounded by myth and legend. This is where most people will opt to stop for lunch. You will then head back to Moshi town; satisfied, muddy and in need of a refreshing cold beverage.
Pick up from Arusha town and drive to Arusha National Park. The park (552km²), has terrain ranging from open savannah through acacia scrublands to Afro-montane cloud and rain forest and Afro-alpine vegetation similar to Mount Kilimanjaro. There are several alkaline lakes and the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater. Mammal species include elephant, buffalo, various primates, giraffe, leoppard and Columbus Monkeys. Hiking is allowed if accompanied by an armed guard and the climb up Mount Meru is superb, often giving the best views available of Mount Kilimanjaro. At 4,556m, Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain in Africa and is located in the Arusha National Park. Lunch is served at Momela picnic . The tour ends in Moshi/Arusha town at around 1700hrs.
• Nature walking safari with armed game ranger
• Game drive within the park with 4WD safari jeep with an open roof
• Visit Mommela lakes one of the chief attraction on this park
• Best view of Mount Meru the 2nd highest peak in Tanzania
• Bird watching tour
• Visit Ngurdoto Crater which is accessible by feet
• Forest walk
• Visit Tululusia & Maiondio waterfalls one of the best attraction after long day hiking
• Black Columbus Monkey marking the miombo forest along the park