The scenery alone is worth the visit. Few farms enjoy such a stunning setting – with Kilimanjaro rising majestically to the north and the plains of the Maasai Steppe spreading out to the south. The farm is set on a ridge bordered by two rivers, so spectacular views accompany you throughout your ride. For the most part you will ride through the natural grass and bush land of and around the farm. Birds call as you pass, butterflies float around you, and monkeys play in the trees. We will explore the different areas of the farm and the coffee plantation, riverine forest, thick bush and grassland. You will be amazed by the variety of landscapes you experience during your stay with us.
Coffee plantations on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro
The day begins with tea or coffee served on the farmhouse veranda with a breathtaking view of Kilimanjaro. Then we head out for exploration of the area. The 358-acre farm consists of coffee, crops and also natural bush and grasslands. In addition to traditional farm animals, we share the farm with many others: There is small, mostly nocturnal game like duiker, bush pig, jackal, serval, genet and civet cat, even striped and occasionally spotted hyena and leopard. However, these animals are rather shy and very difficult to spot. During the day you have a good chance of seeing Sykes or Vervet monkeys, savannah baboons and a seemingly endless variety of birds.
You will walk through the beautiful coffee plantation and get explanations how coffee is grown.
In the distance we will see small homesteads of the local Chagga people and later we will stop at a scenic spot for some refreshments. From here you can choose to descend on foot to a waterfall and caves that are home to a big colony of mountain fruit bats. Although you might think they should be sleeping, they seem to enjoy frolicking in the spray of the waterfall. If you are lucky we may also catch sight of Freddie, the two meter long monitor lizard.
Makoa-Farm – Experience
We will introduce you to the numerous Makoa-residents:
Makoa is heaven for many domesticated and wild animals, some of which where brought to our veterinary clinic when injured or orphaned. Over the past 10 years we have been involved in the care, rehabilitation and housing of orphaned, injured, neglected, abused and abandoned wild animals, including hyena, bush pig, warthog, serval and genet cat, greater galago (bush baby), Sykes and Vervet monkey, jackal, different antelope species and many birds of prey, etc.
Those who could not be re-introduced into the wild, due to injuries, live with us and play an important role of animal ambassadors to enable local children a “hands-on”-experience on animals for a deeper understanding of nature and conservation.
See how animals interact with each other and humans, take the chance to accompany bush pigs or banded mongooses on a walk, observe the perfect beauty of a 3-legged serval cat or feed our wild bush babies in the evening.
Most of the animals are very close to humans and they believe that all the visitors are here to give them a scratch behind their ears...
Experience Surroundings of Makoa-Farm
After breakfast we hike through Chagga villages and small farms. Witness people’s daily life, admire their permanent good mood and learn about their farming methods.
For those being more sportive we highly recommend a walk along our 12 km water channel that provides water for our coffee plantation. On the way there will be a visit of a Chagga homestead which will give you good insights into Chagga-lifestyle. Later you will pass by waterfalls, walk through scenic river valleys, banana and coffee plantations to reach a romantic spot on the river’s edge for lunch.
After lunch you will be picked up by vehicle and drive back to Makoa-Farm.
... the 150 year old giant tortoise. Tom lives on a neighboring coffee plantation, the Kibo-Kikafu-Estate.
Reaching there will be an exciting hike, crossing the deep gorge of the Kikafu River. Be prepared to get wet feet and there is always lots of enjoyment during the river crossing as there is no bridge! Your guide will show you many plants on the way which are used to produce local medicines.
With a moderate pace it will take you about 2 1/2 hours to get to the picnic spot. During lunch we enjoy a breathtaking view of the plains.
After a well-earned picnic and the visit of Tom you will be transferred back to Makoa-Farm by 4xdrive vehicle.
Excursions to the Hot Springs
After breakfast we depart by 4xvehicle to the Hot Springs to see more of this unusual ecosystem. After arrival a guided walking tour will lead us through the numerous springs and small streams. As we retrace the footsteps of Dr. Livingstone, keep watch for exotic birds, different types of monkeys, and for crocodiles!
We return to the springs for lunch and for a refreshing plunge into the water, followed by an afternoon for leisure. Late afternoon we drive back to Makoa-Farm, arriving there just after sunset.
Masai or Cattle Market
Late morning you have the chance to visit a local Masai market. You will be surprised what items Masai trade in and what they will take home, often multiple day-journeys away, carried on their donkeys back.
Maybe you want to pass by a cattle market – one of the places where the different tribes mix. Prominent there will be Masai trading their cattle. Their main customers are Chaggas, whose main diet consists of meat, bananas and maize.
Makoa offers various options of introducing the life of the Chagga, which is the tribe that populates Mt. Kilimanjaro.
E.g. learn how to build the oldest Chagga traditional house, afterwards a briefing about stingless bee keeping. Or visit a Women's milk purification centre and women will explain how the dairy co-operative empowers women of the area and stimulates local economic growth. Meet the Kalali women group, specialists for Cheese production near Kalali market. Markets themselves are colorful, also worth a visit. Or, tour a medicinal garden, carve a bowl, meet a midwife, hike to a waterfall...
For interest might be the visit at the Lyamungo Coffee Research Insitute where you will learn more about coffee production and can smell the aromas of different coffee types.
From Lyamungu you can also visit a Women Pottery Centre, a natural forest and the source of the Weruweru river nearby.
Flight around Mt. Kilimanjaro
One morning we suggest a flight around Mt. Kilimanjaro inside 4-seater Cessna. This is not included in the rate, booking on extra charge (Rate depending on number of guests: e.g. 150 Euro per person if 3 guests joining).
Enjoy a fabulous view of the glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro and see from here which places you will visit during the next days.
The Arusha-Park offers great scenery, with a montane forest completely different from Kilimanjaro forest. Expect to see giraffe and buffalo, many other game, lakes with pink flocks of flamingos and a wide variety of birds.
Maybe you choose a canoo trip on the Momella lakes (additional charge, rates depend on season).
Game viewing from canoe is very exciting and you will often get very close to animals.
Visit Moshi or Arusha town
After a relaxed breakfast we will visit the old German town of Moshi. Here you have the chance to purchase souveniers, observe the local markets and drink a cup of coffee at the Coffee-Shop where all residents will pass by during their shopping tours.
The drive itself will give you a good insight on ideas for different means of transports used in this area...
If you like to experience some more Tanzanian life you should join us for a visit in Arusha town. Arusha is the northern center , in terms of business, and home of the East-African Union and the Rwanda Tribunal of the United Nations.
If you were not successful to aquire suitable gifts by now then this will be the day where you will find a wide variety to choose from: many local artists offer handcrafted items.
A day trip to Lake Challa, located on the eastern slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This is a deep crater lake with the border line to Kenya passing through the lake. After moving through small villages, coffee and banana plantations you are all of a sudden in middle of deep bush again. The last kilometers are a real Off-Road experience with the jeep and a fantastic picnic spot with an unforgettable view over the lake, weather permitting even many kilometers further to the Pare and Usambara mountains to our south is the reward.
If you are fit then we recommend to descend to the lake. More hiking possibilities are available around the bush and savannah around the lake.
Nyumba ya Mungu
In English: „Home of God“ this is the name of a 145 square-km water reservoir. Nyumba ya Mungu is fed by many rivers and generates the main power supply in Nothern Tanzania. The lake is food and a source of income for many fisher men and at the same time the whole system of 22.000 hektar, consisting of lake, adjacent swamps and acacia bush is a well-known birders paradise.
Here Masai mix with other tribes which results in a colorful picture: fisher men with their canoes bringing back the catch of the day, often accompanied by many herons, storks and other waders hoping to get their share. Next to them herds with Masai and close by acacia bush populated by parrots...
The Maasai and their cattle have lived for centuries in harmony with African wildlife. It is not unusual at all to find them living in close proximity to wild animals.
On request we can arrange for a canoe trip with a local fisher man, on extra charge.
During picnic lunch there are good possibilites for some bird-watching.
A Welcome with a Smile…
… You will arrive as a guest and leave as a friend!
Accommodation on a full board basis, non-alcoholic drinks (e.g. tea, coffee, homemade juices) during the day, table wine/beer and local spirits in the evening, scheduled activities including horse riding, excursions & hikes, laundry, transfers to and from Makoa-Farm from Kilimanjaro Airport or Moshi.
Conservation/entry fees to private or national reserves and Wildlife Management Areas. Other alcoholic drinks, tips and gratuities, laundry and phone calls, other items of a personal nature.