What to do in the surroundings of Arusha
The idea of the weekend away is very Italian or, in any case, very Western. In Tanzania it doesn’t exist. The movements are attributable to work or family causes.
I thought this would create some minor problems with Moody, a real Tanzanian, but it didn’t happen. He is like a chameleon and has the ability to adapt to environments, situations and people. He is of an amazing mental elasticity. It was not difficult to pass on to him the idea that, after a week of intense work, a Sunday little trip could have an invigorating effect. Then we let ourselves get carried away and we started organizing weekends in Serengeti or Tarangire. 😃😃
Seriously, we got into the habit of wandering around Arusha to discover the area (for my part) and looking for quiet and at the same time worthy of a visit places (by both).
This is how we discovered enchanting corners and had interesting experiences.
The Arusha and Moshi area, at the foot of Kilimanjaro, is characterized by coffee plantations.
Excellent mountain Arabica, extraordinary. These plantations also organize thematic tours where you can follow the path of the grain from harvest to distribution. Very interesting. This excursion is among the first that I would recommend. 😊
If we remain at the foot of Kilimanjaro, in a place called Marangu, there is a small open-air museum dedicated to the Chagga tribe, which originates from this area. The context is truly unbelievable: waterfalls, banana and coffee plantations, streams. This small museum has been set up inside a very old-fashioned resort. The guide, strictly Chagga, shows typical huts and common objects. The atmosphere is that of ancient times … and I love ancient times. 😍
Taking the road that leads to Serengeti, a few kilometers from Arusha you arrive at a village that has a very unique attraction: the Meserani Snake Park. Find everything in the article I dedicated to it. 😜
For those who cannot give up a dive, there are the Kikuletwa Hotsprings (Maji Moto Hotsprings), on the road from Arusha to Moshi, the main city of the Kilimanjaro region.
The last part of the road is unpaved, dusty and long.
We also managed to puncture a tire. 🙄 At the entrance there are two buildings: the reception for the payment of the ticket with an adjoining small bar, and another for changing your clothes. Behind them, a clearing opens and it seems to enter another world. A dense thicket covers and hides a natural pool of clear waters where you can dive, also helped by lianas hanging from the most robust branches. Definitely fun. 😜 Hard to find few people, but it’s really worth it. 😊😊
If the time available is too short, in Arusha there are some interesting attractions: the Maasai Market where many and varied handicrafts are sold and the Maasai Women Fair Trade dedicated to the production of handmade Maasai jewelry. Beautiful.
Tanzania is now my second home.
I appreciate every single aspect of this land and the people who live there. The cultural exchange enriches me daily and I like to think I have given my small contribution. 😊😊😍😍