| Makoa-Farm – Experience a special farm stay on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro|
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Makoa Farm is located on the southern slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa’s highest mountain at 5,896 metres.
Enjoy the ambience of an estate founded in 1901 with the original colonial-style farmhouse and the climate as well as the vegetation of the highlands – Makoa Farm is situated at 1,070 meters. Makoa-Farm is not a lodge, but a former coffee farm and now a Noah’s Ark for domestic and wild animals.
There are four cottages available; these are spacious rooms in an ‘Out of Africa’- style with en suite bathroom and private veranda. The cottages are tent/house mix and designed to blend perfectly into the surrounding environment, located as they are in the garden with lots of green around you. A great bird life or monkeys playing in the trees is often to be seen from the private veranda, further (weather permitting) a fantastic view to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and over the mountain rain forest of the lower slopes.
Further there is one guesthouse available, very suitable for family accommodation. This is the renovated papaya drier of the farm, done up in maisonette style with queen size bed down plus double and single bed up. Ideal as a family house, featuring en suite bathroom and a very spacious private veranda, the house faces Masaailand and the Blue Mountains. The papaya drier is located near the main farmhouse and next to the garden. There is lots of lush green and also lots of animal life: From birds and monkeys to all sorts of pet, tame ‘wild’ orphaned and farm animals the guests will get lots of visitors throughout the day!
ARRIVAL AT MAKOA FARM
Please require for pick up/drop off from/to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Arusha or Moshi and transfer to/from Makoa-Farm.
INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL LIFE: Makoa Farm not only offers accommodation for guests, but is also a (wildlife) veterinary practice and the temporary or permanent home of many animals. We are happy to introduce you to the countless Makoa residents: Healthy, injured and orphaned domestic and wild animals can be found in every conceivable place on the farm.
FOR YOUR STAY, JUST LET YOURSELF BE INSPIRED BY THE POSSIBILITIES OF ACTIVITIES.
We are happy to organize hiking, day excursions, market visits and more for you, costs vary depending on the activity, additional entrance fees may apply.
VISIT WITH OR WITHOUT A HIKE TO THE HOT SPRINGS: After breakfast, depart by 4×4 to the Chemka springs (‘Hot Springs’) south of Makoa-Farm in the Masaai plains. Discover the surroundings on a guided walk through a biotope between various springs and rivers. Along the way we observe exotic birds, monkeys and with a bit of luck a shy crocodile. It is also the habitat of various – but very shy – gazelles, striped mongooses and nocturnal inhabitants such as porcupines, aardvarks, striped hyenas.
After picnicking under huge, ancient fig trees, there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the crystal clear spring.
MASAAI OR CATTLE MARKET: A traditional Masaai market offers almost everything a Masaai needs to live. Goods and bartered goods are transported from the Masaai steppe to the market on donkey back, often for several days. A visit to a cattle market is also interesting. There is a colourful hustle and bustle and it is amazing that all participants always find again their animals in that chaos!
VISIT TO MOSHI TOWN – THE OLD-GERMAN TOWN: Here you can find everything your souvenir heart desires, experience the flair of the colourful market with all its local traders and local goods. Visit a leather factory where everything is handmade. Drive through the old residential quarter or hike in the Njoro Forest, an 800-hectare forest reserve. Here you can observe Colobus monkeys in ancient indigenous trees and see and learn about a bee project. A small entrance fee applies.
DAY TRIP TO MATERUNI WATERFALLS: A beautiful area for hiking on the Eastern Slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro, included is a village coffee tour. A small entrance fee applies.
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK: A slightly earlier start to the day, you will drive by jeep towards Mt Meru to visit Arusha National Park. In Arusha Park, great scenery awaits you, a mountain rainforest completely different from Mt. Kilimanjaro, lakes with pink flamingo clouds and a great variety of birds, countless giraffes and buffaloes and another large number of animals.
Optional canoeing on the Momella lakes is available and on request a game drive on foot or hike to the first lodge towards Mt Meru, accompanied by an armed ranger, can be arranged. Game viewing from a canoe is particularly exciting and you can often get extremely close to the animals. Entrance, activity and wildlife fees* apply (*these fees are subject to change at any time beyond our control).
WEST KILIMANJARO BIG GAME AREA: By jeep you drive out into the savannah of the West Kilimanjaro area. This is a wildlife corridor and connects Mt Meru and Arusha National Park with Kilimanjaro Reserve and Amboseli in Kenya. There is still a considerable amount of game moving through this area, which can often be seen grazing together with the Masaai herds. Together with a ranger we spend the whole day observing game. This area is often used by elephants, furthermore we will surely meet many of the typical savannah animals: Zebra, wildebeest, eland and many other antelopes.
For those are interested, there is a special experience at sunset: A Masaai chief will show you his boma, which is the name of a small Masaai village. Afterwards we return to Makoa-Farm. Entrance, activity and wildlife fees* apply (*these fees are subject to change at any time beyond our control).
LAKE CHALA: This is a crater lake in a caldera on the border of Tanzania and Kenya on the eastern edge of Kilimanjaro, not far from the town of Moshi. The national border runs through the middle of the lake, so one shore of the lake belongs to Kenya, the other to Tanzania. Depending on the season, the colour of the lake varies from deep blue to turquoise and green, it is surrounded by a 100-metre-high crater rim. The lake is fed by underground springs of Kilimanjaro and invites you to swim.
It is also home to the endemic Lake Chala Tilapia (Oreochromis hunteri), which unfortunately is now listed as “Critically Endangered” on the Red List of Threatened Species. Discover the surroundings of the lake on a short hike: observe the diverse bird life at the lake and watch the funny baboons playing. Entrance, activity and wildlife fees* apply (*these fees are subject to change at any time beyond our control).
KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK: During a day hike in Kilimanjaro National Park, a tropical flora with huge jungle trees, strangler figs and a lot of mostly very shy inhabitants awaits you. You will be accompanied by a mountain guide who will show you plants along the way and give you information about the fauna and flora of Kilimanjaro. Look out for the black and white Colobus monkeys (Guereza). Entrance, activity and wildlife fees* apply (*these fees are subject to change at any time beyond our control).
INSIGHT INTO CHAGGA CULTURE: During a village tour, a local guide will show you his village and you will get interesting insights into the life of the Chagga tribe. The Chagga run their small farms according to a very sophisticated system.
KIKAFU HIKING: A beautiful panorama is offered to sporty guests on a guided hike along the stream that provides the water supply for our farmland. You will walk through Chagga villages with banana and coffee plantations of the small farmers and can also visit a traditional Chagga house. The hike takes about 4 hours and afterwards a well-deserved picnic awaits you. Afterwards return to the Makoa farm.
CHAGGA COUNTRY IS COFFEE COUNTRY: For interested coffee lovers, we recommend a visit to the Machare Coffee & Tea Farm. You will learn more about different types of coffee, and if you like, also tea and plantation and you can test different types of coffee and tea. (*Admission fee applies). There can be Lunch served upon request and prior reservation.
HIKING TO…. the waterfall of the Makoa River with a cave behind a small waterfall. This is home to a colony of the “Mountain Fruit Bats”, of which only two colonies are known around Kilimanjaro. You will be amazed at the noise these animals make. With a bit of luck you will meet Freddy, the almost 2 metre long giant or one of his smaller conspecifics.
EVENING FEEDING: Every evening you can watch our wild greater galagos (bush babies) at the evening feeding. These nocturnal nocturnal primate species set out at dusk to check potential feeding sites – their first route is always to the fruit bowl we provide.