Rundugai Village is Gateway to Kikuletwa Hot Springs and Authentic Maasai Villages

Rundugai Village is perfect place to explore for travelers to Tanzania looking for authentic adventures. Located between Moshi and Arusha makes it perfect gateway to explore the off beaten roads leading to mesmerizing paradise of Kikuletwa Hot Springs and while being there a visit to real Maasai Village is a must. Those not limited with time may also choose to overnight with a local lady and spend some time with locals in remote Rundugai Village to learn about daily life in rural Tanzania.

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Rundugai Village is located 40 kilometers from Moshi Town and about 25 kilometers from Kilimanjaro Airport. If you are close to Boma Town, only 10 kilometers of off road drive separates you from memorable experience in Tanzania.

Kikuletwa Hot  Springs  Swimming with Delicious Local Lunch

Swim in Paradise and Taste Local Tanzanian Food

Kikuletwa Hot Springs, also called Chemka Maji Moto among locals is probably the most exciting place to swim in Tanzania. Kikuletwa Hot spring being surrounded by amazing roots of fig trees looks like a hidden paradise. This place is never crowded by people, and the chances are, you will have the natural pool just for yourself! Although called hot spring, water in Kikuletwa is not hot, but rather refreshing since the water comes from Kilimanjaro mountain.

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Having a swimsuit is a must! A swimming tour in Kikuletwa hot springs will not leave you hungry. After the fun we go and have cooked local lunch in Rundugai village prepared by local ladies.

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Kikuletwa hot springs tour With a local guide

Visit Real Maasai Village

In Tanzania there are many artificial Maasai villages for tourists, but if you are looking for real thing, then Maasai Village near Rundugai is the place to come and visit.

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In real Maasai village there will be a number of activities to participate with Masai families. But don’t have any expectations. We will be permitted to enter their village. Be respectful guest and don’t take pictures without permission. On the visit you will have a chance to mingle with real Maasai, but how much they open up to you depends on your social skills.

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Daily life without water in Maasai Boma means fetching water from miles away for domestic use, so you may help and join Maasai women on donkeys or help with cattle. On request there is possible to spend a night in Maasai Village, but only with permission of tribal chief.

Visit to real Maasai village ends with home made local lunch.

Maasai boma tour can be done by  bike from Boma town which will take you three to four hours to get there.  (Suitable for fit travelers!)

Tour can be done by car, about an hour of offroad drive from Boma town.

 

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Rundugai Village Tour With A Local

Spend a day in Rundugai village and you will learn about the daily life and flow of rural village.

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If you visit on Monday, we start the Rundugai village tour on Monday Maasai Market. This is real Maasai Market, where Maasai come to sell their crops, cattle, hand made crafts and earn some money. Rundugai area is known for growing many crops.

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As you will see the rough landscape of Rundugai you will be amazed how fertile soil it has. We will pass by tomato fields, onion fields, occra and eggplant fields. We will stop at Kikuletwa hot spring for a quick dip in clear waters if you like and end the tour with local lunch cooked by local women. Cooked bananas, beans, ugali, chapatti, pilau, cooked vegetables and other home made food typical for Tanzanian meal.

Rundugai Village tour includes: guiding fee, village development fund fee, cooked local lunch. Tour duration

Transport is not included in the price, I can arrange transport from  Moshi  or Arusha to Rundugai Village for additional fee.

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Don't miss out! Unexpected and beautiful
This was recommended to us by a friend who had lived locally for a while, and the tour, including a walk through the village and lands, and ending in the most beautiful grove of natural water and trees (which you swim and jump into), was well worth it. This was then followed by an enormous array of local dishes, too much too eat, but too good to leave. Everyone was so lovely and informative. Highly recommended. Thank you.
01/17/2017, 11:58 pm
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Amazing experience at the hot springs with really good food and nice people
Food was fab and the hot springs were really cool. People were really nice and I would highly recommend it.
08/02/2016, 2:56 pm
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Had a great time, not too crowded, didn't feel overly touristy, good experience!
Spent a few hours at Kikuletwa Hotsprings, had an INCREDIBLE lunch, (best food I've had in Tanzania and I've been here for over a year now) and went back to the springs for a few more hours. A perfect day. Well worth the money. Ndoss is a nice guy and a great guide. Definitely recommend taking a tour (or a whole day of leisurely swimming, like we did) if you're ever in the Moshi area.
05/26/2016, 1:24 pm
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Informative and interesting tour of rural village with amazing hot springs
Very informative and friendly guide, fantastic local food and the hot springs are like something from paradise. Great activity to do after safari!
05/15/2016, 10:31 pm
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A beautiful place, a relaxed tour and a knowlegable tour guide.
A very friendly, reasonably - priced tour that can be tailored to your individual needs. Lovely local village and surrounds a short drive away from the spectacularly idyllic hot spring. Most definitely worth a visit. Our guide Ndoss was friendly, considerate and knowledgeable. I would most definitely book again.
05/05/2016, 2:39 pm
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Best day ever at Chemka hot spring and Rundungi, I will come back......
I was looking for something nice to do on my day off.
One of our guest at L'Oasis lodge in Arusha wanted me to follow her on a day trip.
A friend of mine told me about Chemka hot spring and also about the possibility to spend some time at a Maasai village.
I have been working in Maasai land for some years and have good knowledge about their life but my guest had no experience so we was looking forward to have a nice day.
We travelled there on our own but we had a local guide with us.
I was really impressed about the hot spring, it was like being in a lagoon. So beautiful and so nice. I could have stayed there for a long time, we really enjoyed our time there.
After our lunch, a traditional lunch made by the women in a Maasai village we had such a nice day experienced a traditional celebration at the Maasai village that just happens every 15:th year.
We was invited to be a part of the celebration of a new leader of the Maasai village.
So much joy, singing and dancing. All the peoples from the village was there, all dressed in traditional clothes.
Everyone was so nice and they took really good care of us.
I can really recommend a visit at Chemka hot spring and the Village Rundungi.
I will be back.......
05/02/2016, 9:16 pm
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Excellent day - cultural tour and hot springs
My friends and I had an excellent day with our guide - we added the trip to the village and hot springs to the final day of our safari, as we had some time spare before flying out of Kilimanjaro airport, which is about an hour away.

We were met by a polite and enthusiastic guide who took us around the village, to meet the doctor and mid-wife, and see beer being brewed before a beautiful walk along water channels through the nearby fields, watered by different springs. This is a brilliant chance to stretch your legs, especially after being in a jeep for the days of safari! It was also really interesting to get an insight into the agricultural landscape, and the ways the environment influences the lives of people that live here.

We reached the hot springs - I cannot really describe how beautiful they were. The clear, deep water was the perfect temperature, with a small current where it welled up, and was surrounded by the lushest jungle folliage. There was a rope swing for jumping in, and in certain parts tiny fish nibbled the dead skin from your feet. This was perfectly refreshing after the walk, and there was a changing block, toilets, and somewhere to buy food and drink.

We were then picked up by our safaari driver direct from the spring pools, and taken to a traditional house to eat (the most enormous) traditional meal, cooked by village women. This was delicious, and including food we had seen growing on our walk, with lots of bean stews, yams, okra etc.

We then drove to the airport, and got an evening flight out.

I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone planning a safari around Kilimanjaro or Arusha - it is a really wonderful day, and a chance to see a different side of the area and people after the wilderness of the safari days. I assume you could also do parts of the day, and add them around different departures/availability.

There is also the added bonus that this project is locally run, with sponsorship from the Tanzanian Department for Tourism, and directly benefits the local community. After my experience of the friendliness, enthusiasm and joyfullness of the villagers, I was pleased to have been able to help in a real, sustainable way.

Thank you Ndoss for a wonderful day!
05/01/2016, 5:29 pm
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Materuni Coffee Village, Waterfalls and Chemka Hotspring - Tanzania's Magnificent Nature!
My friends and I have planned to visit Arusha to spend the long weekend. Eager to have some extra ordinary nature trip on a budget, we found Ndoss to tour us around. We have given a tour on the coffee farm where we have learned about the intricacies of growing the coffee, picking the beans, removing the cover, roasting and crushing (while dancing and singing!) and finally tasting your own cup of rich and delicious coffee. After that, we had taken a short hike to the waterfalls. The waterfalls was so amazing and impressive! You can't resist to take a refreshing dip in the cool water. We had our delectable local lunch in Rundugai village which is quite a desert area. But in the middle of this desert, lies the beautiful mineral hotspring! It was so amazing. We really enjoyed the trip as Ndoss and Safiri were so kind and hospitable. It was such an awesome experience seeing the magnificent nature of Tanzania! I hope we can share some of our nice shots! It was so nice to be here and enjoy the beauty of nature. You better have to see it for yourselves:)
04/08/2016, 11:02 pm
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Hot springs & hot lunch in village - Rundagai
We booked a tour for the Chemka springs and local hot lunch in the village. I had a lot of communication with Ndoss which made it easy to plan our trip. We got picked up from our hotel and taken to the hot springs where we spent a couple of hours here swimming around. Our guide Ndoss told us about the native plant life as well as about the local village - the schools, the health centre and other things. We learnt so much on this trip, and we even learnt some Swahili words. The highlight for me was the hot lunch in the local village. We were made to feel very welcome, and the food was the best we have had in Tanzania so far! This tour was such a great experience and it was so affordable - it was a third of the price compared to what our hotel was going to charge us! This is a great local company to support, and we are so glad to have done this tour with Ndoss.
03/02/2016, 5:14 am
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Kikuletwa Hot Spring is True Paradise Not to Mention Authentic Maasai!
I have spent a whole day in Rundugai area. Guide took me to Kikuletwa Hot springs (Chemka Maji Moto) where i couldn't resist not to go swimming. On a hot day that was perfect combination of refreshing spring water, although quite with strong underwater currents. After the swim, we head back to the Rundgai village where i met local healer and later we were served a local generous lunch cooked by local woman. While having a lunch, guide found out Maasai in nearby village are having a some sort of celebration. After some negotiation with tribal boss, we got permission to come and see it, somebody picked us up and led through remote off the beaten track landscape. Being the only tourist in Maasai village was en experience. Since our day was turning into the night, we had to leave before the real Maasai party even started, but despite all was happy to see a fraction of it. Guide was very kind all the way throughout the whole day spent in Rundugai village. This area is definitely great thing to see if you are in Moshi or Arusha, but be prepared for bumpy roads or bumpy landcape with rocks and gravel. Nina Zara
02/19/2016, 1:55 pm
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