Moshi with its approx. 160,000 inhabitants has some interesting sights, which one would not visit without being accompanied by local people. We go with you into the Indian Hindu temple, into the old German railway station where you can find some tools and machines dating from the beginnings of the railway, into the Islamic mosque and as contrast to all the historical places into the auction area of the Kahawa house, in which computer-assisted auctions take place.
The entire coffee export of Tanzania is completed here in Moshi. We also accompany you to the three most important markets, to the best cafe and to the historical cemetery. Our local guides from Moshi are very pleased to make you familiar with their home town. Rolf L. Bonnert has put down his impressions of Moshi and Marangu.
During the route we also visit an original Chagga house and a waterfall at the village. All in all one day with many new impressions.
For hundreds of years, the Chagga have irrigated their fields with the ice water coming down from the glaciers of Kilimanjaro. The canals are simply dug into the ground or carved into rock and often are no more than one foot wide. Also during this period (and still in existence to this day) were the establishment of the customary rights regulating the times when water can be taken from the canals.
We guide our tour through the unique cultural landscape of the slopes of the Kilimanjaro. You will have the opportunity to learn how the kilometer-long canals were constructed, an amazing feat in light of the fact that they had no measuring instruments.
TERRECED FARMING ON THE FARMLAND OF THE CHAGGA:
Another cultural achievement of the Chagga is the terraced farming of local crops, planted under old and very tall rainforest trees. In turn, the banana trees provide the shade for yet other plants such as coffee, corn (maize), chilli peppers and other plants, with room to spare for the grave of the 100-year-old grandfather. This form of farming is used on the Kihamba gardens and is exemplary for the efficient use of water resources.
We will visit a farm of and learn how to harvest bananas (if you guess how, you will get a calabash of free banana beer). If you like, you can till African soil with the local tools and balance a banana bunch on your head.
Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village
“Olpopongi” Maasai Cultural Village & Museum - the first authentic Maasai Boma with Maasai-Museum & overnight facilities in Tanzania. “Olpopongi” provides a unique Maasai & Wildlife experience in the West-Kilimanjaro Maasailand; Just 74 km from Moshi and 85 km from Arusha.
Their aim is YOU to share the authentic Maasai life & culture in a 100% traditional built village (Boma) with a unique museum, rather than taking tourists to private Maasai-Villages and destroy the Maasai native homes, behaviours and environment. Our Eco-Tourism Tours do provide the maximum respect to the Maasai tribe and a maximum education & excitement to our valuable clients.
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“Day Tour” - Cultural Day Tour with Lunch & Walking Safari
Spend your day in the authentic Maasai-Village “Olpopongi” and share the Maasai life.
Museum & Village Tour / Traditional Lunch / Walking Safari in the Maasai territory / Learn about Maasai hunting techniques and incredible natural medicine.
“Overnight” – Cultural Day Tour & Full board arrangement in the Maasai Village
Spend your day & night in the authentic Maasai-Village “Olpopongi” and share 24 hours with native Maasai.
Museum & Village Tour / Traditional Lunch / Walking Safari in the Maasai territory / Learn about Maasai hunting techniques and about incredible natural medicine – plus evening program with Maasai ceremonies, Campfire & BBQ / Breakfast
Enjoy a unique and unforgettable evening under the Tanzania starry sky with BBQ & Maasai traditional ceremony before you find yourself sleeping on a comfortable Cow-hide bed in your private Maasai-house.