Things to do in Marangu

Marangu, in northern Tanzania, is a picturesque small village at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the starting point for climbing this world-renowned mountain. Marangu is an old town which was once an important trading post of bananas during the colonial era.

The word “Marangu” means a place with too many water streams. When you visit this area you will know because there are streams everywhere and that’s one of the reasons the Chagga people decide to settle there. It is one of the most popular places in Tanzania.

The town has a rich history and culture that can be explored through its cultural attractions. There are also exciting outdoor activities to be had in Marangu. Whether it’s discovering the secrets of Marangu’s local culture, embarking on a scenic farm or wildlife tour, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or , doing there are plenty of things to do in Marangu that will suffice for all kinds of travellers.

1. Hike to the Maundi Crater

Among the most popular activities in Marangu, besides of course reaching the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, is the hike up to the Maundi crater. The trail, starting at Marangu Gate, is relatively easy and leads hikers through verdant forests where you get great panoramic views of the surrounding areas along the way. The Maundi crater is a small but striking volcanic crater at the base of Mawenzi which also provides an interesting perspective on Kibo and, depending on the time of the year, the landscape underneath covered in green vegetation or snow. This hike also represents an incredible opportunity to spot some local Kilimanjaro wildlife, and you can see several herds of colobus monkeys, plenty of birds and the occasional gerenuks or antelopes.

2. Visit the Chagga Cultural Heritage

Marangu is named after the Chagga tribe, who make a third largest ethnic group in Tanzania. A worthwhile stop if you have the time is the Chagga Cultural Heritage Centre. There you can learn about the Chagga people’s traditional ways of life, and take part in the rituals and customs of this Bantu ethnic group. A highlight is the showcasing of a Chagga house, prepared for visitors, where one can eat Chagga food and participate in cultural activities.

3. Explore the Marangu Falls – Kinukamori

Near Marangu, you can visit Marangu Falls, a short stroll, lasting between half an hour and an hour, from Marangu town. Built in the first half of the 20th century, the falls are divided into two main drops and have a total height of about 40 metres. The lower paths run through the tropical forest, and, at the falls, one can swim in a natural pool.

4. Visit the Marangu Coffee Tour

Tanzania is one of the countries in the world that produce exellent quality of coffee beans; one of the coffee plantations In Marangu which is famous coffee tour site in Tanzania is ‘Marangu coffee Tour’. Visitors can learn about how the cofee is grown, harvested and roasted, taste different kinds of Marangu coffee and buy some as a souvenir.

5. Ndoro Waterfalls

A second undiscovered gem near Marangu is the Ndoro Waterfalls. This low-key attraction makes virtually no effort to woo tourists away from the roadside. But for those who do make the effort, it’s a pocket of nature lover’s paradise with pools of turquoise water and cooling gushing waterfalls. Tourists can swim in the pools, hike up to the top of the falls for photos and views, or simply take a backseat and relax.

6. Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

You must go to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park when you are in Marangu. You don’t have to climb the mountain to visit it, go for a day hike into the park. Walk through beautiful teak forest and spot some animals like colubus monkeys.

7. Kilasia Waterfall:

A 30 or 40 minutes’ drive will take us to Marangu town, near the Marangu gate, from where we will start our hike.  We will be walking on a small path road thru beautiful forest, which will take us to Kilasia water fall. On the way you will see the inter cropping of bananas, coffee, beans and corn.


Marangu village is not only a cultural hub, but a beautiful one with lots to admire. So, regardless you are an adventure traveller, a culture fanatic or a nature lover, there is a lot for you in and around Marangu. So, if you are planning a trip to Tanzania here are top things to do in Marangu.