Materuni Cultural Tourism
‘A village nestled at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro waiting you to explore’
Materuni is one of the few villages of wonder in Northern Tanzania sitting at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The village is blessed with full of all the beauty worth much visiting for holiday, week-end outing or vacation. While in the village, scenic view of Moshi Town and Mount Kilimanjaro is astonishing. This green village with fresh air from green vegetations welcomes visitors to explore the beauty of the land and cultural heritage of the Chagga people.
The following tours are on offer;
– Mnambe waterfall tour
– Local Market Tour
– Local brew
– Chagga traditional Dance
– Coffee & banana farm tour
– Volunteering opportunity
Waterfall tour (2 hrs)
The tour starts from tourism office at Materuni village then take a walk though banana and coffee plantation identifying different species of bananas as you’re going to the “Mnambe” waterfall where you will enjoy swimming in a natural pool.
Local brew (1 hrs)
Here you will get to learn all the procedures for brewing local beer, “Mmbege”as someone will be demonstrating the material and utensils used to prepare “mmbege”.you will appreciate fantastic test of the beer which is served in a traditional glass called “kipata”.
Coffee Tour (2-3 hrs)
The tour takes you around the coffee small farms owned by the villagers where an opportunity to learn traditional ways of growing coffee, harvesting and preparing it for drinking is guaranteed.
Farm Tour (2 hrs)
Visit the villager’s farms where your Tour guide will be explain different methods practiced by Chagga people on mixed farming and show how the crops are traditionally stored for future use and for economic benefits. You will also learn how agro-forestry activities in highland ecosystems has been beneficial to people, landscape and wild animals.
Traditional Dance (10-30 min)
While you’re enjoying your stay in Materuni you will experience a chagga dance which is performed by a group of men and women performing songs for different occasions such as welcoming guests, ceremonial dances and crop harvesting songs.
Kilimanjaro Rainforest Hikes (4-5 hrs)
On your guided trek you will walk uphill to the rainforest exploring some indigenous species of flora and fauna found around the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The touring area hilly standing around 1700 m above mean sea level full of fresh air and very good indeed for acclimatizing for those who carefully preparing to conquer. Enjoy scenic view of Moshi town and rolling landscape of the foot of Kilimanjaro.
You will meet people of different ages and get an opportunity to interact. Elder people “Wazee” will tell you stories about the Chagga people, their origin, traditions and other things such as the tribal war.
Materuni village is located on the Southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, approximately 14 km from Moshi town which takes about 30 minutes drive away from Moshi. There are public local buses plying the way from Moshi town to Uru where 30 more minutes can be spent walking uphill to the village
Materuni cultural tourism receives and arrange for volunteers who are interested to work in health and educational sectors around their areas.
Materuni cultural tourism enterprise is located in Uru, 14 km from Moshi town, 30min drive from Moshi bus terminal by public transport.