INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL LIFE:
Makoa Farm not only offers overnight accommodation for guests, but is also a (wildlife) veterinary practice and the temporary or even 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 organise excursions and walks for you, costs vary depending on the activity, additional entrance fees may apply.
VISIT WITH OR WITHOUT HIKING TO THE HOT SPRINGS:
After breakfast, depart by four-wheel drive to the hot springs (‘Hot Springs’) south of Makoa Farm in the Masaai Steppe. 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, the shy crocodiles. 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 bathe in the warm 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 local cattle market is also very interesting. There is a colourful hustle and bustle and it is amazing that all participants always find their animals in the 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 marmosets in ancient indigenous trees and see and learn about a bee project. A small entrance fee applies.
EXCURSION TO MATERUNI WATERFALL:
A beautiful walking area on the eastern slopes of Kilimanjaro, including a coffee tour of the village. 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. Great scenery awaits you in Arusha Park, 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 also 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, it is beyond our control).
WEST KILIMANJARO BIG GAME:
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: Zebras, wildebeest, eland and many other antelopes.
If you wish, you can have 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 the Makoa farm. Entrance, activity and wildlife fees* apply (*these fees can be changed at any time, it is beyond our control).
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.
The lake is 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 at their colourful hustle and bustle. Entrance, activity and wildlife fees* apply (*these fees are subject to change at any time, it is beyond our control).
KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK:
During a day hike in the 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, it is 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. The Chagga run their small farms according to a very sophisticated system.
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 Makoa-Farm.
CHAGGA COUNTRY IS COFFEE COUNTRY:
For fragrant 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). Lunch is also served there on request and by reservation in advance.
HIKING TO …
The waterfall of the Makoa River, the cave there 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. If we are lucky we may also catch a sight of a monitor lizard down there.
…You will be able to see our resident ‘bush babies’, (giant Galago) much closer as you ever have seen this species before. The nocturnal “almost monkeys” wake up in dawn and usually their first route will lead to the feeing place to see if we are waiting with fruits for them.
For enthusiastic bikers there is also the possibility to rent mountain bikes, with or without guide, in the nearby town of Moshi. Due to the location on Mt. Kilimanjaro, the terrain has many inclines, so a good general physical condition is advantageous for longer hikes or bike tours.
MAKOA GIVES KNOWLEDGE – CHILDREN’S PROJECTS
We invite you to visit one of our children’s projects, e.g. the forest kindergarten. Accompany the dwarfs (all between 3 and 5 years) to their daily playground – the large farm area with bush and gallery forest. Here the little ones learn something new about the African bush and nature every day.
Introducing children to the natural resources of their country with special biology lessons that are not taught in schools.
Background: Africa has an incredible diversity of ecosystems and animal wealth, but this is being destroyed more and more by human intervention. Only well-educated children and young people will later, when they are adults, take responsibility for their country and the unique nature by preventing corruption, poaching and exploitation of resources.
Children from surrounding schools like to come to Makoa for a day to learn about conservation, animals and species protection and to have direct contact with our animals and enjoy the ‘hands-on’ lessons.
With many campaigns we solicit donations and sponsorships for children of different ages. These children are very lucky to be able to attend carefully selected schools of the highest quality, which their own parents would never be able to finance.
If available, there is also the opportunity for horse lovers to enjoy horse rides around the farm:
MAKOA FARM 2 HOUR RIDE
The ride follows the beautiful deep river valleys of the Kikafu and Makoa Rivers, the borders of our farm. These are inhabited by diadem and green monkeys, yellow veld baboons, small antelopes such as red and grey duiker and even suni, bushbuck and a range of other wildlife. Sometimes late in the evening you may see jackals, aardvarks or even a porcupine or a roaming striped or spotted hyena. This ride is also available for beginners and intermediate riders.
RIDE TO THE WERU-WERU RIVER
A 4-5 hour ride over farmland and through bushveld. The river crossing of the Weru-Weru is adventurous and provides excitement for many riders. For this you should have more riding experience and be able to control a horse independently.
EARLY MORNING OR SUNSET RIDE
After an early cup of tea or coffee, set out for a morning farm ride. At this time of day there is a good chance of spotting some of the animals that share the farm with us. Or enjoy the last rays of the sun and the sunset on horseback on a sunset ride. Weather permitting, you will have breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro to the north, the Masai Steppe to the south and Mt Meru to the west – the best time of the day for gorgeous photos. This ride is also available for beginners and intermediate riders.