Cultural Tourism

BABYLON LODGE CULTURAL TOURISM PROGRAM

MAMBA AND MARANGU CULTURAL TOURISM PROGRAMME

At the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro outside the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park lie the beautiful towns of Mamba and Marangu. At Babylon Lodge we organize planned walking tours through valleys and waterfalls depicting mountain village life.
Magnificent views of valleys and waterfalls offer great entertainment for nature lovers and bird watchers. Walking through the well maintained coffee and bananas will lift your spirit.

waterfalls and Mount Kilimanjaro

Guided tours leading to panoramic viewpoints ideal for photographing waterfalls and Mount Kilimanjaro. As your walk through the banana and coffee fields you will be in a position to see the elegant Mt. Kilimanjaro from different angles and also to take great photos.

historic sites

A chance to pass historic sites of clan wars and ancient legends including large caves for hiding during the chagga-Maasai wars. A morning visit to the ancient Makundi area recalls clan wars and historic legends. You can also enter the large hiding caves which were used to protect women and children during the Maasai-Chagga wars.

local blacksmiths

A visit to local blacksmiths who continue using ancestral methods to prepare Maasai spears and tools. You will be in a position to see the men at work heating the iron in hot fire and beating it into shape to get the required items. This method has long been forgotten in most parts of the world and seeing the chagga men do this will be like going back in time

traditional chagga house

Opportunity to experience Chagga culture with a visit to a traditional chagga house. This chagga hut will amaze you and you will be in a position to witness the chagga architecture. The hut although not looking so big from the outside it had the ability of being used for sleeping, cooking and keeping animals! The hut has been maintained in the traditional way and walking into it will make you feel like you know the chagga people better.

chagga beer factory

A visit to a chagga beer making factory. You will have the opportunity of visiting a chagga beer factory. Here you will learn how the (mbege) chagga beer is brewed from the materials needed and the process that is followed until the final product. For those who are courageous they can even have a taste of the same!

Kinukamori waterfalls

A visit to the Kinukamori waterfalls. This might not be the greatest waterfall that you might have seen but its good environment and rich history will leave you fascinated. This waterfall which gets its water from Mount Kilimanjaro has a rich history of the chagga people.


Guides

All our guides have been living in the Kilimanjaro area for many years and are conversant in English. Many of them are experienced guides for Kilimanjaro treks and can recount tales of their climbing adventures. They are also familiar with the surrounding area and are sure to captivate you with interesting stories and facts about the different cultures, nature of the area.


Prices

The normal price for the cultural tourism program cost USD $ 40 per person per day

This amount includes:

  • A well experienced guide who knows the area well. All our guides are friendly, charming and well trained to ensure you enjoy every step of your trek.
  • Entrance fee to all the cultural areas.
  • Babylon Lodge being located at the centre of cultural sites you will have a chance to have lunch and a short break at Babylon lodge before continuing with the tour. If you don’t want to return to the hotel for Lunch, you can carry a lunch box that will be sumptuous and you can take it under a shade as you do the walk! The tasty lunch will be prepared at the hotel and after lunch you will enjoy seasonal fruits as desert.