When visiting the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, most people stick to the cities of Arusha and Moshi. There are plenty of things to see and do there, but, if you go on a little adventure to a spot between Arusha and Moshi, you will find a hidden oasis!
In a village called Rundugai, far off the main road, there is a hot spring (or Maji Moto) waiting for you to jump in! Its sapphire waters are warm, with a constant current running through it. The spring is even made complete with a rope swing!
This can be a day trip spent swimming in the clear water, with a beer in hand, or you can camp out under the stars for the night and explore. Just bring your tent and some food to BBQ, and you are all set for a fantastic night in the Tanzanian wilderness.
How to get there:
A two-hour drive from Arusha town or a one hour drive from Moshi. This little paradise is seemingly in the middle of nowhere. However, is easy to drive there and if you get someone to show you the way it does not take long. You can easily find a tour company to take you. But, you can also drive yourself if you ask for directions from the locals once you reach an area called Boma. Alternatively, you can park your car at a hotel on the main road. Jump yourself in a bajaji (like the Asian tuk-tuk) and ask them to take you there. You can also ask a motorcycle taxi to drive head of you and lead the way.
Tip: you will feel lost at least once or twice once you turn off the main road. Have no fear, just keep asking the locals you see for the Kikuletwa Hotsprings, and you will reach your destination eventually!
What to bring:
Money for transport and fees, a towel and a cooler full of drinks! You can buy drinks there, but no electricity means no fridge. I do not know about you, but I prefer my beers cold!
There is a small ‘villiage swimming fee’: 5000tsh approx. $2.50USD. Food is only Chips, Mayai (local dish much like a potato omelet): 2000tsh Approx $1USD. You can then wash it down with a warm beer: 4000tsh approx: $2USD each.