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If you’d like to take a casual stroll or get your steps in, the village of Marangu has the perfect scenic routes to do just that. From banana and coffee farms to rivers, waterfalls and local markets, you’re sure to take in every aspect of why we choose to call this home.  The two largest waterfalls to visit in Marangu are the Ndoro  and Kinukamori Waterfalls. 

If you’re not planning to hike, day trips can also be arranged to the Mandara Hut, the first hut on the Marangu route. Day guides and transportation can be arranged by the hotel upon request.


Marangu is an ideal location for bird watching. A wide variety of birds can be seen from the hotel’s gardens and trained bird guides can be arranged by the hotel for guests interested in a richer bird watching experience. 

The list of local birds can be downloaded here.

Croquet and other games

A croquet set is available for guests who wish to play in the garden, bar or lounges. Games such as cards, chess, Bao and several others are available at your request.


For golf enthusiasts, there are multiple locations to play golf within two hours of Marangu. The Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate, located between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, is Tanzania’s first 18-hole championship golf course. A 9-hole golf course is also available at the TPC Club located 20 km south of Moshi.

Day Trips

There are a variety of day trips available within a few hours of Marangu that we can organise for our guests: 

    • Lake Chala
      • Lake Chala is a volcanic caldera (collapsed volcano) which is filled with water where you can rent kayaks and go for walks around the crater rim. 
    • Lake Jipe
      • Lake Jipe is a small shallow lake which is along the Kenya-Tanzania border near the Pare Mountains and is home to many hippos, crocodiles and some elephants. Boat rides with local fisherman can be organized upon request
    • Arusha National Park
      • Arusha National Park is about two hours away from Marangu Hotel. It is a relatively small park, and can easily be visited in a few hours or a day. Arusha National Park is home to Mount Meru and has a diverse array of wildlife and beautiful vegetation including a famous fig tree. Walking safaris are a great option here, as many of the areas are forested and you will be protected from the strong African sun! 
    • Mkomazi National Park
      • Mkomazi is the least visited park in Northern Tanzania and is located next to the West Usambara Mountains. It borders Tsavo National Park, in Kenya and has some very unique species and ecosystems not commonly found in Tanzania, including wild dogs, and Beisa Oryx. 
    • Kikuletwa Hotsprings
      • Natural hot springs, with crystal clear water, surrounded by roots of fig trees and palm trees, located about an hour and a half from the hotel, is a well deserved and refreshing treat after climbing Kilimanjaro!
    • Moshi Town Tour
      • Explore the bustling city of Moshi, which is located about 40 minutes from Marangu Hotel
    • Rau Forest Walk (in Moshi)
      • A small forest located within Moshi where you have a chance to see several types of monkeys and birds, as well as walking through rice plantations and visiting a sacred tree believed to be almost 200 years old. 
    • Pare Mountain Hikes
      • A hike through Pare Mountains takes visitors through local villages and beautiful forests, and offers an opportunity to explore roads less traveled. On the top of Southern Pare Mountains is the Chome Forest reserve, which is a dense tropical forest with many rare trees and plants. Hikes through the mountains can be multi-day trips and can also be combined with a trip to Mkomazi National Park and Lake Jipe
    • Sundowners along the water
      • Our Marangu Hotel family has a tradition of having sundowners on a sandy area by a beautiful river, only about 30 – 45 minutes from the hotel. We can organize a picnic and drinks and share one of our favourite places with you!

The city's best-kept secret.

Our reception will introduce the guests to a reliable day guide and then they take it from there. Coffee is grown on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and Meru. The day guides are knowledgeable about this and the other crops grown on the farmsteads. Coffee is not as important a cash crop to the local people as it once was but the day guides can talk to visitors about it and show them how it is grown, harvested and processed. They will probably offer to sell you some beans. Caveat Emptor!

Tsavo West National Park

Located in Kenya (past Lake Chala), is very close. The nearest gate is about 50 kms from the hotel. A day trip to the extraordinary oasis of Mzima Springs, which supplies much of Mombasa’s fresh water, is feasible but there are additional expenses involved.

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Arusha National Park

A full day can be spent at this park. It takes about 2 hours to drive to the park from Marangu, and one can then spend several hours driving around the park’s main attractions.

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For recreation, the hotel has a swimming pool and croquet lawn, or guests may simply relax in the comfortable bar and lounges, or in our lovely gardens. Birdwatchers frequently rave about the many varieties of birds (over 300 at the last count) seen around the hotel’s grounds. There are also pretty walks to be had locally through the surrounding banana and coffee farms, along the river that borders the hotel on one side, and to other rivers and waterfalls in the area. Where time permits, the colourful local markets are well worth a visit.

If you would like any advice on fitting trips into your itinerary please contact us.

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