Cultural Tourism Programme
and explore the life of the Kilimanjaro Mountain people. You have
a choice of comprehensive escorted cultural tours from our enthusiastic
and experienced guides.
the farmers of the Kilimanjaro offer you:
A warm welcome in a local Chagga household.
Hikes through dense natural forests and farms for acclimatization along mineral water that race downhill.
Three different views of the snow capped Mount
Kilimanjaro, where local ancient Chagga legends recount tales of an Iron
hut that made them to be strong.
A visit to several development projects in the area (coffee production,
traditional irrigation, afforestation, cross breeding, bee-keeping, schools,
health care, food processing, etc)
profit will be used to subsidise various women and youth development activities
within the area.
Cultural Tourism Centre, Kyalia, is
situated 18 km from the Machame junction, on the North side of the Moshi -
Arusha road. The Machame Gate, a starting point of the Kilimanjaro Mountain
climbers, is about half an hour walking distance.
Information about the programme is available and guided tours can be
organized on arrival. Machame area is
a mosaic of beautiful valleys,
rivers, waterfalls, farms and is the home base of the Chagga people. Here you
can experience and witness the only agro-forestry
"best practice". An intensive farming system of inter-cropping
of mixed crops and traditional irrigation.
Machame is an ideal place for acclimatization before climbing the
mountain. From all angles the snow capped mountain can be seen.
people have developed various tours that give you an opportunity to take an
active part in our programme.
SIENY- NGIRA TOUR (4- 6hrs)
tour starts from the centre at Kyalia,
and takes you through Kalali market to Masama side. Sieny catchment forest is
known as a historical sacred place of natural forests, bridges and caves where
local people worshipped during the traditional
festivals era. Big caves used to accommodate about 200 Chagga’s with
their animals. Another prominent attraction is the natural bridge called "Daraja
la Mungu." or “God’s
Bridge”, crossing the Marire and Namwi rivers, who are feeding
NG'UNI HIKING. (two days)
Sienye- Ngira tour combined with a hike to Ng'uni via Tema
where you can have views of
Bomang'ombe, Kilimanjaro International Airport and Nure hills. At
Ng'uni you can expect
to learn how to build the oldest Chagga traditional house called Mbii
(Full-suit). On request food and accommodation can be arranged in the
traditional house . Before you return home
your guide can take you to Mzee Urassa who will brief you on bee keeping.
TOUR (3-4 hrs)
tour begins with an uphill walk from Kyalia
to Nronga village. The guide will tell you about the natural and climate
conditions that the Uhuru Peak summit climbers are facing in the high altitude
area. At Nronga you will be able to visit the
Women’s milk purification centre. Women will explain how the dairy
co-operative empowers women of the area and stimulates
local economic growth. From
Nronga descend to the Kalali women group, specialists for Cheese production near
by Kalali market. Kalali, like other
places, has its colorful market days every Monday and Thursday.
FRIENDLY (5 hrs)
tour starts from the Kyalia main
office to PHC Primary Health Care, via Ifiyo route.
This area is engaged in a number of activities around the issues of
sustainability and health care. Visitors can get a glimpse on how local people
make pottery for food and water storage. The site also engages itself in many
conservation activities such as rainwater harvesting, construction of ventilated
improved pit latrines, biogas, sand filter purification of water and drip
irrigation. Here the guide will explain how such items are developed and how
they are ideal for rural settings.
TOUR ( 5-8 hrs.)
from Kyalia the walk takes you
through the fertile banana and coffee farmlands where you can learn about
intensive inter cropping system of mixed crop farming.
On request, traditional food will be arranged for you or you may be
involved in the preparation and cooking of Chagga food.
On return you can choose any route according to your interest.
TOUR. ( 2-3 days)
tour starts at Kyalia and leads you
through Muwe, Nkuu village, river Weruweru to Lyamungo village where you can
learn how coffee production assisted local people in becoming economically
sound. Your guide will take you to the Lyamungo Coffee Research Institute where
you will learn more about coffee production and can smell the aromatic of
different coffee types. Your stay in Lyamungo will also take you to the Narumu
Women Pottery Centre, natural forest and the source of river
Weruweru. Home stay is available.
VIEW POINT (6-8 hrs)
tour is ideal for acclimatization because of the mountainous area. You start
walking from Kyalia,
Cultural Tourism Centre towards Mkwawangja, Mkwesoko to Mfuranungun, where you
can have a view of Moshi town, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Lake Jipe and
surroundings. Also it is a source for most of Machame’s water springs. On
return you can learn about a horticultural practice at Nkwewele place via Mulotu
to Mamkeni. Then you descend to the river Semira, a park with many trout fish.
our guides are indigenous to the
area and have an interest in providing better service to their guests. The
guides are trained and conversant with the programme activities. Each guide has
an identity card from the Cultural Tourism Programme.
Always request guides from "FODA" Tourist Information Centre at
Please avoid walking with
tours can be visited, on foot, in an half or full day or can be spread more
comfortably over two to three days. When need arises transport can be arranged.
Food and accommodation is available according to individual needs.
hotels are operational. Home stays are widely encouraged.
How to get
is located at the North side of the Arusha – Moshi road and easily accessible
by public transport. Get of at the Machame junction, around 12 km from Moshi
town at the sign board of
“Machame Gate Kilimanjaro National Park”. From the junction every 5 minutes,
small busses are driving 18 km to the Machame Cultural Tourism Centre Kyalia,
located at the end of the tarmac road.
Cultural Tourism Centre
Box 239 HAI
: 027 2757033
: 027 2751113
TTB Information Centre in Arusha
Boma Road, tel 027 2503842/3