Mbahe Farm

Summary

PorchThe village of Mbahe sits at 6,200 feet (1,900 meters) in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, nestled within the lush tropical forest that envelops the mountain. Simon Mtuy’s Mbahe family farm consists of 15 acres of land on which his ancestors raised cattle and today is used as a small ecologically sustainable farm. A climate which allows for a year round growing season, rich volcanic soil, and irrigation directly from the mountain streams make it an ideal environment for farming. The completely organic farm produces coffee (processed and roasted on‐site) and honey, and contains large gardens of tropical and temperate fruits and vegetables, which provide most of the ingredients in the fresh home‐cooked meals. The farm maintains the atmosphere and welcoming feel of a Chagga family’s private homestead.

Accommodations

The cottages at the Mbahe Village farm consist of three buildings with eight semi‐detached rooms, simply and tastefully decorated in Simon’s own touch with hand‐made furniture from local materials. Six rooms have their own bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower with hot water; two rooms share a large full bathroom with tub. The rooms share porch space overlooking the farm’s flower garden and the forest above the Moonjo River, which runs through the property. A covered outdoor dining, meeting, and socializing area surrounds a large fireplace. Electricity comes from the local grid or our own generator._MWE3907

Meals

Meal preparation is overseen by the head chef, Leonard from Zanzibar, who selects daily fresh fruits and vegetables from the farm and meat and fish from the local market. He and his staff produce an inspired mixture of international and local cuisine and can accommodate any dietary restrictions. Brewed coffee is fresh from the farm. Meals are taken in the central outdoor dining area.

Activities

While at Mbahe you may take guided or self‐directed walks through the village; visit the local primary school; take long hikes on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and into the national park; tour the Mtuy farm and learn about Chagga coffee farming techniques and the sophisticated irrigation system used on the mountain for more than 100 years; bicycle on the footpaths and dirt roads along the mountain; swim in the Moonjo River and waterfall; tour a traditional Chagga homestead and smithy; make the drive down the mountain to Moshi Town to visit the main market and shopping district; or just sit on your veranda with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and admire the sweeping views of the valley below.

AcCESS

Mbahe Farm is a 45 minute drive east and up from Moshi Town on the southern flank of Kilimanjaro.  The last 2km is on a dirt track through the valley, followed by a 5-10 minute uphill walk on village paths.

“Step off the beaten path and discover the magic of this beautiful place!”

Tom Wolf (43)

Photo Credits: Emily Bacheller, Nathalie Pigache, Martin Schaefer & Katie Osborn