Kikuletwa / Chemka hotspring
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 is 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. It’s possible to drive to the hot springs
independently but most tourists join a tour or a group to reach the hot springs on a day-trip from
Arusha or Moshi. Book your Kikuletwa Hot Springs Day Travel with Bush and Forest Explorer African Safari and you will really enjoy with the service, organization, and lunch from our guide.
WHERE IS KIKULETWA/ CHEMKA HOT SPRINGS LOCATED?
kikuletwa/ Chemka Hot Springs is a two-hour drive from Arusha Town and just over an hour drive from
Moshi Town by car. If you are taking the bus, you can expect to add some time on for the slower
drive, pick-ups, and transits to a motorbike or tuk-tuk. If you are planning a day-trip to the hot
springs from Arusha, you can catch a local bus to Boma la Ngombe and then transfer from the
bus to a motorbike, local taxi, or tuk-tuk.
HOW CAN I BOOK A TOUR TO KIKULETWA/ CHEMKA HOTSPRING?
If you aren’t renting a car or catching a bus and organizing your own day, which is a little harder
than you might think, you’re the best option is to book a tour to the Chemka Hot Springs as I did.
There are quite a few options for BOOKING a tour and even as you walk around the streets of
Arusha, you will meet some local guides who offer to take you on a coffee tour, waterfall tour,
or to the hot springs. I even had one guide offer to cheaper one me but on a DIY route so it would
be cheaper but he would make sure we caught the right buses and at fair prices. It’s really up
to your preference, budget, and level of adventure.
CHEMKA HOT SPRINGS FACILITIES
On kikuletwa Hot Spring daytrip you actually have the entire set-up. You’ll find multiple
food and drink vendors who are cooking a local-style charcoal barbecue as well as selling other
meals, drinks, and alcohol. You will enjoy a fresh coconut to keep us hydrated. Throughout
the small complex, there are many chairs and tables set-up to relax with your group of friends
beneath the shade of the huge trees that tower over the hot springs. A toilet block and a
changing area (made of palm leaves) are available so you can get in and out of your swimming
gear before and after you enjoy the hot springs. All of the vendors and local guides at the hot
springs are very friendly and feel comfortable leaving our cameras and gear on the table
while we swam but be safe with your gear as you never know.