The 8 Best Things to Do in Marangu, Kilimanjaro Region
Discover the best top things to do in Marangu, Tanzania including Ndoro Waterfall, Chagga Museum, Mnyalu Safaris, Blessed Tanzania Travel, Kili Land Adventures, African Golden Expeditions, Marangu Cultural Tour, Uhuru Treks - Day Trip.
1. Ndoro Waterfall
4 based on 42 reviews
Reviewed By Pauli_Roth - Sofia, BulgariaSofia, Bulgaria
Nice walk but nothing special
Our guide took as to this waterfalls. It was quite a nice walk via local villages and banana plantations but the waterfall didn't seem anything special. Perhaps if you never seen any waterfall, this could be decent enough. Moreover, the price that we paid
2. Chagga Museum
4 based on 25 reviews
Reviewed By Kasia S
a piee of culture
We went there during our 2016 Tanzania backpacking trip.Yo can combine a visit in the musem with a trip to waterfall and coffee plantation - just ask your guide or at your hotel.Interesting place to learn of chagga tribe and see how they lived.
3. Mnyalu Safaris
5 based on 9 reviews
We assure you a joyful and a memorable life experience through the best customer service(24/7) with our team of the best tour guide, cooks, Porters(during Mountain hiking) and everyone involved in our company to insure that we provide the best quality service to our clients. With honesty being our main theme we will do our best to deliver what we have agreed on both parties and meet our client ex
Reviewed By yann2511
Best Support ever!
I can highly recommend to book different tours in this company. Especially Happy is one of the most friendliest person I ve ever met. She answers all your questions, takes more than enough time for organizing, is always smiling and you can have great conversations about the society and political situation with her. You will never feel cheated about the prices. They also help with questions via WhatsApp. Trustworthy, customer-oriented and absolutely amazing.
4. Blessed Tanzania Travel
5 based on 6 reviews
Blessed Tanzania Travel is a Safari and Trekking Tour Operator based in Moshi, Tanzania. The company founded by professional mountain climbers and safaris experienced for more than 16 years dealing with tourism in Tanzania, which means that; we know our beautiful country inside out, and offer our client most ensuing adventure to fulfill their dream
Reviewed By Hiroshi Y - Tokyo Prefecture, JapanTokyo Prefecture, Japan
we enjoyed cultural tour at marangu village. we highly recommend for anyone to use the knowledgeable guide philip at blessed tanzania travelThank you for your appreciation!
5. Kili Land Adventures
5 based on 5 reviews
Kili Land Adventures is a local owned company and run by Tanzanians, is firm specializes in providing ultimate Mountain climbing, day trips, Zanzibar beach holidays and African safari experience. As natives who were born and raised in Tanzania, we have firsthand knowledge of Mountain climbing insights, the natural landscape, wildlife and local culture.
Reviewed By Jossy J
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT, AWESOME AMAZING EXPERIENCE.
This was a wonderful friendly tour of 8 days Lemosho route.I can't rate these guys enough, the booking process was super easy, Kili land boss was amazing, knowledgable, courteous, helpfull, friendly and mindful of everyone in our group, through booking process.Airport pick up and drop was really good, Kili Land representative was very charming and welcoming,before we left the airport to the hotel they gave us a short brieffing of the program and time management plan.When we arrived at the hotel we met Kili land boss and team of our guides. Our chief guide Moses quickly went on short breefing about tomorrow trekking as well on the look of equipments we needed for the treck whereby they managed to get a list of what was missing and brought it the next day.We were very excited and our guide were very knowledgable about the mountain, we found each camp very well organised, the tents already set for us and porters welcome us everyday with songs and big smiles and our waiter Albert was quick with warm water for hands washing andtea with popcon and nuts. The food was always delicious and fir this we appreciate our cook so much.On the summit day everthing went well, though it was really challengable day but thanks to our patient guides & porters who took very good care of us, our aweresome waiter Albert come with us to the summit to make sure we were still warm with cups of tea, for sure it was really helpfull, we were really tired but motivation from our chief guide had us going and ensured we reach to the summit. We conquered to the top when the sun was out it was really amazing. Let me cut my story short, Thanks so much to our aweresome guides, cook and porter, looking foward to meeting you again next time, Thanks to Kili land boss for organising this amazing trip and atempting all the promise he made for us before and after trip. As i said before i cant recomend these guys enough. I highly recommend Kili land adventures. Keep up the good work.KILI LAND ADVENTURESHello..JossyThank you so much for the wonderful words about us. We really had a good time with you guys during your entire trip with us. We are so happy to hear that you had a great time, unforgettable experience and excellent holiday with us. Congratulations for making it to the summit. You will always be part of our friend and we hope that we will see you again in our beautiful Country
6. African Golden Expeditions
5 based on 1 reviews
African Golden Expeditions is a locally owned and operated by experienced world class guides. We offers mountain climbing (mount Kilimanjaro and mount Meru), cultural tours and wildlife safaris. Since 2003, Emmanuel who is a founder has spent his life guiding on Mount Kilimanjaro and he has lead thousands of people to the summit of Kilimanjaro over the last 15 years.
Reviewed By Stephanie2374 - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom
An amazing experience
We booked a trip to climb Kilimanjaro for a friends 40th Birthday. Emmanuel was our chief guide. Both he and his team inspired confidence in me from the first time i met them from the level of detail in their checking our equipment to the briefing and just their friendliness. On the climb itself, their experience was clear - they knew exactly what to do and how to support our team as a whole but understood each of our capabilities and tailored support accordingly. The porters, who do the hard work carrying all our supplies, cooked our food, ensured we slept as comfortably as could be possible and ensured we had enough water at all times, were simply fantastic. Always cheerful and positive.Thank you so much guys x
7. Marangu Cultural Tour
4.5 based on 5 reviews
Day Trip to Marangu village the full packageBook your lifetime adventure at Marangu village.Come and experience an exciting mix of cultures. Meet friendly people and Discover hooting beautiful scenarios which are not to be found anywhere around Africa. Visit the most excited areas for cultural and Recreational walking as Marangu village. Also this walking is very important for acclimatization before and after hiking the Mt.Kilimanjaro and those from long safari. A day at Marangu village your lifetime adventure! Tour price including the following; WATERFALLSExplore the natural beauty of the slopes of Mt.Kilimanjaro. Enjoy and rest in the nature beauty and peace of this magnificent natural site. The music from the waterfalls and radiant colors of the valley transform our inner and outer environment. CHAGGA LIVE MUSEUMThe Chagga culture and history can be explored by visiting the Chagga live museum site. Several exhibitions include a reconstruction of a thatched chagga house with a complete livestock inside. The museum also has a display of traditional chagga tools, farm equipments, rope made from the balk of the mringaringa (Cordia africana)) tree, a genealogical look at the history of the chagga, some drums and a ’bugle’ made of kudu horns. LOCAL MARKET.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. CHAGGA BLACKSMITHS.Various indigenous tools are made using iron. These are made for farming activities like hoes, machetes etc.And also chagga people gets job opportunity by being self employed. The products which are made they sell to earn income for their daily survival. CELEBRATE.After the successful of hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, safari or gentle walking, relax and enjoy the exotic country gardens. You can also drop at the local bars (chagga bar) drink the traditional “mbege” a local chagga brew made from millet and banana wine. MT. KILIMANJARO VIEW POINT Depending on weather condition, on clear day you can get the gorgeous views of Mt.Kilimanjaro. UNDERGROUND TURNNELS (CHAGGA BOLT HOLE)These were used by the chagga people to hide themselves from the enemies, in which inside the tunnel it comprises of different partitions/galleries like kitchen, Sleeping room, mortuary, livestock pattern and ambushing chamber. COFFEE AND BANANA FARMS.From the blessed presence of the fertile volcanic soils on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro majority of villagers are subsistence farmers, practicing cultivation on crops like coffee, banana, beans, yams potatoes etc Tradition meals (Hot lunch) and drinking waterExperience local life.Enjoy a delicious, home – cooked meal in Chagga house. Learn how to cook Chagga food especially cooked plantain bananas ‘’Machalari’’. Coffee tourHave a cup of homemade coffee with our local people. Take a walk through Marangu coffee farms and visit a local home where you will learn the whole process of preparing coffee in tradition way from beans to cup and then you will enjoy a delicious cup of Kilimanjaro coffee. All local fees; goes to the social development in the village. Professional guides Tour guides his friendly, professional, organized and certified. They all adopted and realize tour guide code of conduct and morals. They posses broad range knowledge of the area, and therefore you will hear a lot about the Chagga culture from them.MAKE UNFORGETTABLE TOUR AND LONG LIFE MEMORIES.
Reviewed By Frank M - Moshi, Kilimanjaro, TanzaniaMoshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
One day hike in the forest.
We recently took a trip to Marangu village but this was a hiking inside the forest.The weather was real good..The hike took us almost 3hours to the first Hut ''Mandara'' We sat there gazing at this massive trees with Black and White monkeys jumping all over from one tree to the other.It was such a nice experience .After this we took a short walk about 45 minutes to the Maundu crater....we had a very magnifficient view of the mountain. That's how we spent our one day hike.Thanks to Friendly Frank for arranging this tourMziry
8. Uhuru Treks - Day Trip
1 based on 2 reviews
Reviewed By Jolyon C - Mtunzini, South AfricaMtunzini, South Africa
"ENJOY YOUR SAFARI!!!!!!!!!!!"
This is a long review, skip to the last paragraph for a summary. I believe this company also operates as Uhuru Treks.A mea culpa. We negotiated poorly for this safari, and were taken in by slick sales patter from the man on the ground (Burton) who sold it to us. Hopefully by reading this review you will be more canny when booking your safari in Arusha and can avoid making our mistake of giving this shoddy operation your money.We were pointed in the direction of this company by the man working at the desk of our hotel ("we always use them, and they're very good"). Burton quickly showed up, and proceeded to blow his own horn ("I've been a guide for 8 years. People request to specifically have me on safaris. Everyone used to know our company for our Kili climbs - my brothers a climber, and we decided to use my skills to branch into safari as well."), and we negotiated a rate of $150/day for a 4 day trip to Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater (supposedly discounted because we were bringing our own camping kit). We agreed to pay half in cash, and the rest on card by paying park fees at the gate (this, in retrospect, should have been a warning sign that the company wasn't established enough to be able to process card payment). We were told that we'd be with another couple (Australians), and that the vehicle would have a maximum of 5 guests in it (so while on game drives everyone would have a window seat). Burton was desperately eager to get us to sign the sales agreement, even driving us to the ATM (another warning sign). But it was late-ish on a Sunday and we had limited time to get something sorted.The morning of the safari arrived, and Burton was there to see us off (and, I assume, to make sure that we didn't change our minds at the last minute). We met our driver, Innocent (he will appear repeatedly in this review as a thoroughly honest and decent man who works as a freelance guide and at some point has made a desperately bad decision to guide occasionally for this company), and set off, having met the other guests (a pair of extremely pleasant German blokes). The more eagle eyed readers will have noticed that I mentioned the other couple were to be Australian - this is true - there was a last minute change of plans. Not to worry though, we would get to meet some Australians anyway, as when we were just far enough out of town to not be able to do anything about it, we were informed that the other couple would be joining us for the trip through Tarangire. We picked them up at a junction en-route (having to hang about while we waited for their transport to arrive), and they piled in, stuffing 6 guests into the vehicle we'd been assured would never contain more than 5.Tarangire was beautiful, the animals were great (although I had a bit of trouble seeing them at times as I was the unfortunate stuck with the middle seat). We sped out a little early in order to get the Australians back in time for their transfer (I bear them no ill will - it wasn't their fault, and in any case they still have to climb Kilimanjaro with this same company). Camping was fine (although I can't speak to the quality of the equipment provided as we had our own), the food was fine (although the amount of fish provided as the main course was less than what a child's portion would be in any decent restaurant).Unfortunately in the course of casual pre-dinner chat it came up that the other two guests on our safari were paying significantly less than we were, which irritated us as we were all doing the same itinerary, and also felt that the company had been dishonest when they had packed too many guests into the car for that day. I approached Innocent about it, who was sympathetic, and we asked if it was possible to speak to one of the organisers of the trip.The next morning we managed to get Mr Jasper Mtei on the phone (who repeatedly, over the course of this conversation shouted that he was the owner of the company). I've never experienced quite this much verbal abuse from someone who I'm giving my money to. I asked why we were paying much more than the other guests ("It doesn't matter, you signed a contract, either pay the money, or get off the safari. If you want to argue, come to see me when you get back. GO AND ENJOY YOUR SAFARI!!!!!"), and why they had packed too many guests into the car the day before ("What are you complaining about!? It was just one day! Now they aren't here! GO AND ENJOY YOUR SAFARI!!!!!!!"). Reasonable explanations or answers for either question was not forthcoming.I passed the phone back to Innocent, who was then ordered to put the poor German guy on the phone, who Mr Mtei then shouted at for having had the audacity for sharing how much they had paid for this safari (I felt desperately sorry for the other guest, who was stuck in the middle of all this). The other guest was then told to tell us that our safari was cancelled. I spoke again to Mr Mtei who refused to say what he had said to the other guests, but just repeated asked me "Why have you come to Africa to disturb African people?". Baffled, and a bit shaken, we continued with the safari, heading onto the Serengeti. Again, beautiful landscapes, amazing animals. Camping was fine, food was fine.We awoke early the next morning for a game drive, then had some breakfast and drove out of the park. Later in the day we got to see an area of the park not usually frequented by guests - the mechanics shop, as one of the brakes had failed on our vehicle (I asked Innocent how often the vehicles were serviced, and he admitted that frequently after servicing, some repairs were deemed to expensive by the company, and were delayed until a later date). We had to get the brake system sealed off for that wheel, and drove the remaining 1 1/2 days with only three braking wheels. Due to the delay we had a race to get back to the park gate in time before our permit expired, screaming past elephants and giraffes, leaving them in our dust.At this point, it became apparent that we were unable to pay the full amount we had agreed with Burton on our credit card. Innocent discussed this with Burton, who said to him that he should have advised us of this before setting off (Innocent certainly seemed to get the job of breaking bad news more often than he'd like). We scrounged together what cash we could, as without this, Innocent would not have been able to afford petrol to get us in and out of Ngorongoro crater (the company send him out on safaris with minimal cash to cover unforeseen expenditures). We made it in and out of the crater, admired the animals, and got back to Arusha (despite the brakes making more ominous sounds). We've never been so glad to get back into our own car. We had said repeatedly through the safari that we wanted to meet with Burton when we arrived back in Arusha, but sadly (conveniently, some might say) he told Innocent that he was in Moshi when we got back.In summary, this company suffers badly when compared to its competitors as you constantly see their well serviced shiny trucks filled with the correct number of people and happy guests who haven't been shouted at by the owner. Innocent, the guide, does a good job, but is let down by the shoddy standards of Kili Climbers & Safaris. If we had known what the experience of our safari would have been like, there's no way that we would have gone with them. If booking a safari, take your time, haggle like mad (know how much park fees/camp fees are etc, so you can know where the mark up is being made), and ask to see the truck before you go. There are many companies which pride themselves on providing a high quality safari experience, and some which have realised that it's an easy way to rip off gullible muzungus. Sadly, this company is one of the latter.