Waking up to the breezy weather of Mt. Kilimanjaro, calming neighbourhood and charming faces. I am making a day tour to the famous Materuni Village whose popularity comes from dense forests around and the 90meters high waterfalls bouncing to a plunge pool below.
Get To Know!Materuni Village is found at Uru Area, Moshi Town the capital of Kilimanjaro Region in Northern Tanzania. The Moshi municipality has estimated population of nearly 201,000 people on both high and low slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro; dormant volcano and highest in Africa – The Roof Of Africa.
You can reach the village using private transport or hire a cab, taxi or 4WD from Moshi Town. If you coming from Mawenzi Road then keep left on the round about crossing the A23 Arusha road and exit to Uru Road. About 14 km north is where the village is found. Cheap way is to use local mini buses or any public transport and fee is 1000 TZS per trip per person.
Materuni Village is about 1600m elevation above sea level with more than 500 households. It has a dispensary as well as public primary and secondary schools. The inhabitants are mainly Chaggas whose culture has the last male child to take care of the home while other elders are not around.
Locals are farmers mostly of coffee plants as well as banana and many other crops. Also they have cattles at homes and uses the extracts as manure for farming and keeping the cycle.
Coffee Plantation is very important to the region. It’s traced back to early 18th century when Germans brought coffee and opened plantations around Moshi. Mainly Arabica grown is from Ethiopia and is planted in High Elevation and another type from Costa Rica known as Robusta grows in low elevation. In addition there are several GMOs coffee plants as well. But locals at Materuni they keep their natural coffee plants whose many lasted for more than 50 years and gives yields once a year.How Local Coffee Is Made;
- Picking of coffee beans from the farm.
- Peeling Off Skins using local machines.
- Soaking the beans to ferment them.
- Washing the beans.
- Drying of the beans, it takes 7 to 9 days using sun. At this stage if stored it can last to 5 years.
- Grinding and removing the inner soft skin from the coffee beans.
- Roasting the beans.
- Cleaning and shinning the beans.
- Cooling the beans.
- Formation of the Aroma.
- Then one can blend locally, then boil in water to get freshly prepared coffee.
After such educative class on coffee plantation, we trailed for 45 minutes to the waterfalls. This Materuni Waterfalls is the highest in the Northern Circuit region and has a 9meters plunge pool that people can swim and enjoy. It’s surrounded by greeny landscape and offers a chill spot as well.Cultural tourism is important to the area. Tourists Or Visitors gets a chance to learn about tribal practices, coffee and banana plantation. And most amazing is the warmth of the locals.Guys like Mr. Oscar (famous, has a bus stop after his name – just ask driver to drop you off at Oscar’s place) runs Hillborn Organic Coffee can give you tour for only 15USD and additional 5$ incase you need to taste local food at lunch and it comes with entirely everything from banana, rice and more.You can additionally choose to purchase a 500mg small bag of coffee beans at 25,000TZS or same weigh of blended coffee powered for 50,000TZS.In case you would like to contact Mr. Oscar direct use this number +255 628 321 716 also available in WhatsApp. For a customized itinerary that combines local experiences, safari and more write to us firstname.lastname@example.org or use +255769278878 (WhatsApp Available)Enjoy These Pictures Below