Kilimanjaro Hot Spring

Kilimanjaro Hot Spring – A tour of the revered Kikuletwa Hotspring with experienced local guides from Karibu Adventure is always enticing. Visitors get a chance to swim in a unique natural pool with strong warm water current surrounded with amazing roots of fig trees.

Kikuletwa Hotspring Situated about 35 kilometres from Moshi but from our base hotel at Snow View is 15 kilimeters, in the heart of the Sanya Plains, lie the Rundugai Springs. They are an extraordinary phenomenon, rushing up from underground in the middle of parched and dusty landscape. Locally called Chemka, meaning boiling, this refers to the way in which the water appears to boil as it emerges from underground. In fact, the water is not hot rather it is a pleasant temperature! This is a good place to visit for a picnic and a swim too. And the views of Kilimanjaro on a clear day are also fabulous. Unfortunately, the water is full of fluoride which means the local people can’t use it for drinking.  The crystal-clear, turquoise waters surrounded by palm trees and winding roots offer a picturesque spot for a relaxing afternoon swim.  

The spring is actually rather big and over 6 meters deep in some places although you can see the bottom through the crystal clear waters no matter where you are. You can also wrap your arms around one of the roots and just let the water flow by as you drift off into a daydream listening to the monkeys and birds in the treas.

You can have as much fun or relaxation as your heart desires and your mind and body needs.

What to Expect From a Kikuletwa Hot Springs

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.

The water is so clear that you can easily see its bottom, strewn with big boulders and tree roots. Even if Kikuletwa is called a hot spring, you should know that the water is not hot, but lukewarm. It is refreshing, especially if the temperature outside is high. Also, there is a current inside the water which will pull you away. There are two ropes to hold on to, if you want to rest.

The water is deep, so if you can’t swim it would be a good idea to rent an inflatable device to keep you above the water. Don’t accept the first price given, negotiate.

For adrenaline seekers, there is a rope swing which you can use to jump in the water. The locals like to show off by doing different tricks before jumping in the pools.

Facilities 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.

There are a few picnic tables where you can enjoy your lunch or the picnic you have brought with you from the Hotel.

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.

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