Doing a coffee tour to one of nearby villages in Moshi means you will learn from the native suppliers of the coffee available and consumed in Kilimanjaro region. Here you can really get to grips with the life of the local Chagga people- wandering through the village and passing their homesteads. Located in the picturesque foothills of Kilimanjaro, Materuni has managed to retain its authentic edge over some of the other tourist attractions as it is not one of the routes for climbing Kilimanjaro.
The simplest way of getting to Materuni village while getting true test of mixing up with locals is thru local minibus (in Swahili known as daldala). This option is the cheapest but slow pace since bus tends to stop several time for dropping and picking locals. Second option is to hire a car that will take you to the village. This option is not cheap but fast. Once you reach the village you will start your coffee tour at a traditional Chagga ‘shamba’ (farm). Here your guide will explain all aspects of the Chagga homestead including the other crops that they grow aside from coffee. You will get to see how the coffee is produced- from picking the bean to roasting and then drinking a delicious cup yourself. Following your coffee tour you will then take a short hike (make sure to wear some good shoes as it can be muddy up there), passing through local villages to reach the waterfalls. Here you will either have a picnic lunch box or arrive to a full spread of freshly cooked lunch prepared by your own safari chef. Following lunch you will have the opportunity to take a dip in the refreshing (quite cold!) pools beneath the waterfalls. When you have had your fill of this beautiful place you can start walking back to where you will take the dala dala or your private car back to Moshi (reachingMoshi at approximately 4-5pm).
Price per person including a lunch box =US$ 35 (getting there by local minibus)
Price per person including a lunch box = US$ 55 (cost for hiring a car and needed 5+people)
Included in price:
· Village commissions
· Taste of local beer made from ripped banana
· Tour guide wages