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Trekking to Maundi Crater

 

Ndoro waterfall

 

Top of Ngangu Hill

MARANGU CULTURE TOURISM

 

Marangu means “land of water” and thus, there are many waterfalls.  Take a short walk to stretch your muscles and view the Chagga coffee and banana farms on your way to the water falls.

At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, outside the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, lie the beautiful towns of Mamba and Marangu.  We at Kipepeo Tours have planned walking tours through the valleys and waterfalls of the area and a 2743 meters trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Day 1: Travel 115km from Arusha to Marangu visit the Chagga Live Museum, have lunch, dinner and overnight at the lodge

The Chagga Live Museum has been established to provide background knowledge of Chagga life and local traditions to visitors and the local population to understand their roots.

 

Day 2:  After breakfast get ready for hiking!  We will start climbing Kilimanjaro at the Marangu gate.  When we reach 2743 meters we will stop for lunch and visit Maundi Crater before we begin our descent back down the mountain

 

Day 3: After breakfast get ready for the real adventure!  We will start by walking along the Marangu Village and visiting the local blacksmiths, then head off to the Kinuka Mori waterfalls later walk to the Lodge for diner and overnight.

 

This is a cooperative blacksmith project.  They make iron and steel tools and equipment that are used in many places.  Every home on Chagga land has tools made by these local blacksmiths, for example a sickle, which is a banana-shredding knife.

Visitors will lean the history of blacksmith in this area;

1.         How and why this skill has been confined to certain clans

2.       How iron and steel was made in the area before factories

3.       How the skill are passed down to younger generations

4.       Why some tools have not been replaced by factory made tools

 

During your trek to the waterfalls you will enjoy the scenery of small coffee and banana farms. On the way you will pass Kinyange Market and our oldest Marangu Teachers Training College (1902).  Learn the amazing history of the waterfalls and have a swim in the breathtaking pool at the bottom of the falls.

 

Day 4:  After breakfast get ready for walking, with picnic lunch to the Ndoro waterfall these are the biggest  water falls in Marangu.  In the afternoon we will head off to underground tunnels then walk back to the lodge for diner and overnight.

Ndoro is a Chagga word refers to the black and white collobus monkey.  Here you will enjoy the waterfalls and relax after walking.

During the tribe wars underground tunnels were constructed.  Tunnels were secretly made underground where, in time of raids, the tribesmen could hide their cattle, women and children.  Blacksmithing is associated with availability of iron tools and contributed to the underground tunnels and their construction, which in turn induced confidence amongst the Chagga community.

 

Day 5:  After breakfast get ready for a walk to the waterfalls and later trekking on Ngangu Hill for a picnic lunch Kilasiya is a very beautiful natural waterfall, Kilasiya is Chagga language and means ‘endless’.  This endless waterfall is supplied by the river which flows throughout the year.  Flex your muscles and hike to the bottom and enjoy the natural environment at the waterfalls.

Ngangu Hill is south west of Mount Kilimanjaro, the top of the hill there is a beautiful scenic view in all directions, here you can witness the beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro, Holili Ridge, Pare Mountains, Lake Jipe and House of God Dam. 

 

Day 6:After breakfast walk to the local market to experience the market life in Tanzania then drive to Arusha or transfer to Kilimanjaro  International Airport catch the flight back home

 

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