Kikuletwa (Chemka) Hot Springs

8 Hours
  • Moshi
  • Pick up and drop off from your Hotel
  • Private transport from your accommodation in Moshi to the Hot Springs and back, English speaking driver
  • Picnic lunch
  • Soft drinks and drinking water
  • Let's view Tanzania
  • 1 - 50

Overview

Relax and Refresh Chemka Hot Springs Day Trip

Travelers to Tanzania usually base in Arusha or Moshi in between hiking trips and safaris. While recovering from multi-day tours and hiking trips one of the best things to do is a day trip to the Chemka Hot Springs, also known as the Kikuletwa Hot Springs. Just 1.5 hours from Arusha and nearby Moshi Town, this is one of the hidden gems of Tanzania that you need to visit. The water was crystal clear in this jungle oasis where you can relax all day and even enjoy rope swings, tire tubing, and some high jumps out of the trees.

This beautiful mineral spring originates from Kilimanjaro ground waters The Chemka Hot Springs are about 40 kilometers away from Moshi, in the homonymous village called Chemka. They are underground springs with warm water. The water forms a clear and clean pond which is ideal for swimming. The pond is very deep, in some places up to 10 meters, but the water is so clear that you can see the bottom well all the time. The pond is situated under lush trees. On the shore you can camp, enjoy your snacks and let yourself dry after swimming.

The Chemka Hot Springs Tour takes you to the Chemka Hot Spring located approximately a 1-2 hours drive from Moshi town. The hot springs are hidden by a beautiful green forest. This ideal place for taking a relaxing swim or simply to use as a backdrop for a tranquil picnic or bbq

  • Spend a relaxing half a day in the natural hot springs hidden in the jungle!
  • Make memorable photos swimming in the incredibly transparent and clean waters of the Chemka Hot Springs!
  • Enjoy a picnic on the shore of hot springs – lunch box included!
  • Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off from/to your Hotel in Moshi or Arusha is included.
Kikuletwa (Chemka) Hot Springs

Maji Moto, known locally as Kikuletwa Hotsprings, is a paradisiac oasis amidst the Tanzanian savannah, offers captivating, Bounty-styled views, crystal-clean water, and dense vegetation around. Chemka Hot Springs is the best place to visit after or before a Kilimanjaro hike or a safari adventure.

Chemka oasis is a unique phenomenon – it is the only place in Tanzania (and most likely in the whole of East Africa), where the groundwater actively interacted with geothermal sources, forming several small lakes with warm, never-stagnating water, which purity is not inferior to the best Dominican or Maldivian resorts.

⚫ Region: Kilimanjaro
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Duration: 5-6 hours
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Distance: 70 km
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What to bring: Swimming suit

Highlights Kikuletwa (Chemka) Hot Springs

  • Experience the strong natural currents when close to the water vents
  • Practice your water entry techniques using the rope swing
  • Take the pretty "Sugar Road" back to Moshi, passing Baobab trees and one of the largest sugar cane estates in Tanzania.​

Itinerary

Maji Moto, known locally as Kikuletwa Hotsprings, is paradisiac oasis amidst the Tanzanian savannah, offers captivating, Bounty-styled views, crystal-clean water and dense vegetation around. Located in 2-hour drive from Moshi (Tanzania) – the main climbing hub of the region – Chemka Hot Springs is the best place to visit after a Kilimanjaro hike or a safari adventure.

Chemka oasis is a unique phenomenon – it is the only place in Tanzania (and most likely in the whole East Africa), where the groundwater actively interacted with geothermal sources, forming a number of small lakes with warm, never-stagnating water, which purity is not inferior to the best Dominican or Maldivian resorts.

Feel free to contact our experts to know more about Chemka Hot Springs adventure.

How much is the entrance fee for kikuletwa?

Entrance fee is either 10,000 – 20,000 TZS (EAC +Non EAC) but be careful, some tour companies seem to charge way too much for getting there, considering the price of entrance. My hotel wanted to charge two of us $160. I paid less than $80 to get there in the end.

How hot is the Chemka Hot Springs?

In fact, the water is not hot rather it is a pleasant temperature! The springs’ water is from the Greatest African Mountain, Kilimanjaro. It is an inviting place for a picnic and a swim too (don’t forget your swimwear).

Are there hot springs in Tanzania?

The Kikuletwa Hotsprings (also named Chemka or Rundugai Hot springs) is one of the most beautiful and refreshing places in Tanzania. Here you can swim in crystal clear, turquoise, warm water.

Is Chemka hot springs worth it?

This spring fed paradise is simply amazing. It cost a few dollars for entry, has a great locally run primitive snack bar with sodas, food and snacks, some bathrooms and is kept very clean. In the middle of one of the driest places in Tanzania near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, is an oasis you need to see.

How to Get to Kikuletwa Hot Springs

Firstly, you should know that there is no public transport to Kikuletwa Hot Springs, the only ways to get there is either through a private tour or by using a dala dala + taxi/boda boda combination.

Usually a day tour to the Chemka hot springs from Moshi, which includes transport from Moshi, entrance fee and lunch would cost around 60$ or £45, booked in town. This fee does not include tips and, as everything else around, is negotiable.

The price is lower is there are more people, so find some travel companions in the hotel if you want to pay less. If you book a tour, you have about four hours to spend at the spring, which is plenty of time for a proper relaxation session.

What to Expect From a Kikuletwa Hot Springs Day Trip

A day trip to Kikuletwa Hot Springs is a very relaxing experience. The water at Kikuletwa Hot Springs has a beautiful turquoise color, almost unreal. The lagoons are surrounded by banyan trees, with roots cross over the shore and descent deep towards the bottom of the springs.

There are two options to get into the water: either you use an old wooden staircase, or you jump in the deeper part of the lagoon. As soon as you step onto the ladder, little fish will “attack” your feet and start nibbling the dead skin on your feet. It’s like a free fish spa treatment. If you have never done it, you will probably feel ticklish and maybe even uncomfortable. But no worries, as soon as you start moving around, the fish will leave you alone.

Facilities found at Kikuletwa Hotsprings

There are not a lot of facilities at Chemka Hot Springs, so it is recommended to arrive with your bathing suit on, ready for swimming. You can leave your changing clothes in the car, with your driver. I have been to the ATM just before visiting the hot springs, and my driver kept my backpack with him, making sure that it’s safe.

The changing room is kind of hut without a roof where with gaps between the wooden branches and no flooring. It’s better to change in the car if you have this possibility or wrap a towel around you.

The toilets are very basic, the squatty type, but clean. You do need to bring your own toilet paper.

On site there is one restaurant from where you can buy local food such as chips with eggs or barbecued meat, and cold drinks.

What to Bring With You When You Visit Chemka Hot Springs?

Besides your bathing suit and a change of clothes, make sure to pack a towel and a pareo as well, which you can use as a blanket to sit on, if the picnic tables are not available.

If you have an underwater camera such as a GoPro, or a waterproof case for your phone, bring them on. The underwater landscape is pretty cool to take photos of.

Wear flip flops to avoid getting mud on your feet. The area close to the water can get muddy.

What to Eat at Kikuletwa Hotsprings?

As I mentioned above, there is one restaurant at Kikuletwa hot springs which serves basic but tasty Tanzanian dishes, such as chipsi mayai or barbecued meat. I had the chipsi mayai, which is a delicious Tanzanian dish translating pretty much as omelette fries. It is eaten with loads of ketchup on top and a fresh vegetables salad on the side.

What’s included?

  • Private transport from your accommodation in Moshi to the Hot Springs and back, English speaking driver
  • Entry ticket;
  • Picnic lunch;
  • Table and chairs;
  • Snorkeling mask;
  • Soft drinks and drinking water;
  • Towels.

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  • Moshi
  • Pick up and drop off from your Hotel
  • Private transport from your accommodation in Moshi to the Hot Springs and back, English speaking driver
  • Picnic lunch
  • Soft drinks and drinking water
  • Let's view Tanzania
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