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Songota Waterfalls Adventure hike – Arusha

Songota falls, Arusha, Tanzania
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6-7 Hours


Up to 2 days

Group Size

20 people


English, Espanol, Francais


This Hike to Songota Waterfalls is a real adventure and is a day trip as it goes through small paths, the river with a little simple climbing, or challenges for those who wish up to the waterfall not far from Arusha on the slopes of Mount Meru. The hike takes you up from the highway through the landscape, at the foothills of Mount Meru passing coffee, and banana plantations where our guide will explain to you some of the different things that take place in the area. The sort of coffee, bananas, and avocados that are grown in the area.
It is also possible to visit one of the small local schools, and alike in the area (If you do, bring a few school supplies along for the children), we will spend about 1 to 2 hours all depending on the weather, your desire to spend time around or in the waterfall if you should want to take a swim in the pool at the bottom of the waterfall.
During the visit, we will serve a lunch box and a refreshing drink, before the car will drop you off back at your Hotel/Lodge.

The waterfall is not far from Arusha and is a great way to escape the city with. After being dropped off at the edge of the highway we will walk for about 30 minutes before reaching the river which we will follow along and hike in.
You will have to be fairly fit, and be able to swim as there will be areas with ponds you might need to swim to pass, and rocks and boulders to climb/pass (the recommended minimum height is 150 cm), and you will reach the Songota waterfalls after about 2 hours and another 4 km hike through the river. The hike will bring you to a slender cascade surrounded by trees, where you can swim, and wade. Remember to carry/wear some sandals with straps as it can be hard to walk out into the waterfall on the stones in the small waterfall lake, and you might want to change footwear after the walk in the river.
When on the excursion from Arusha to the slopes of Mount Meru to the Songota falls, you will also be able to see some of the local wildlife like chameleons, birds, and the occasional monkey as you hike through the forest and cool off in the pool at the base of Songota Waterfall.

This is a beautiful little waterfall, with its principal advantage being its proximity to Arusha.

NOTICE: We have 3 different trips to the Songota Waterfalls.

  1. Drive to and from the waterfall. The total walk distance is about 1 km, plus stairs.
  2. Hike from the main highway, along the small roads to the waterfall. The total walk distance is about 10 km, plus stairs. You can be picked up by car at the waterfall to drive back which will shorten the distance by about 4 km.
  3. Hike up to an entry point for the river,  then walk through the river, climb the boulders, and challenge yourself. (you should be reasonably fit) The total walk distance is about 10 km, 2 km from the highway to the river, then 4 km through the river, plus stairs. You can be picked up by car at the waterfall to drive back which will shorten the distance by about 4 km. (This activity)
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  • Discover the beauty of the slopes of Mount Meru, the beauty of the people living in the area, and an opportunity to see how people are living, coffee grown at the local farms, and the beautiful waterfall

Bulk discount (by Amount)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
2 3 persons 3 4 7,00$
3 5 People and above 5 20 16,00$
Bulk discount children
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
2 3 to 4 children 3 4 6,00$
3 5 to 10 children 5 10 13,00$

What you will do

Leave your hotel/lodge to drive towards the start of the hike up to the waterfall.
Start the trek up towards the Waterfall, the first about 2 km through the local community and then along the river path and into the river to reach the waterfall.
Arrival at the waterfall. Unless you have included a visit to a local school or alike, add another hour.
Around this time you will be on your way down the mountain again, passing a local farm for lunch.
Around this time you will arrive back at your hotel/Lodge.


  • Picnic box or lunch at local farm
  • Transport to starting point
  • Fees at waterfall
  • Complementary bottle of water per person
  • Spirits and cocktails
  • Tips for for the guide
  • Hotel accommodation in Arusha
  • All not mention on Itinerary above



Activity's Location

Songota falls, Arusha, Tanzania


What to wear
You will need to wear trekking shoes that can wet, clothing that is fit for trekking through wet terrain, and to wear in the river, and possibly for a little swim. It can be a little challenging at places, but if you are a reasonably fit it is a real adventure for you.


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