Local Excursions in Arusha District
Coffee Plantation Visit

Coffee in Tanzania was first grown on the slopes of the Kilimanjaro by Catholic missionaries in 1898. Today Tanzania is among the 20 largest coffee growing countries in the world and coffee is the country´s most important export crop. About 95% of Tanzania’s coffee is produced by 400,000 smallholder farmers. Larger estates are found in Arusha, Kilimanjaro, and the Mbeya region. Arusha even has some of the largest and most productive plantations in East Africa. Some of the factories still use old or even prewar machinery that are special attractions themselves.

Typically a coffee plantation tour displays the full process from planting to the final product and takes about two hours. You will visit nurseries, the plantation, and the factory in order to learn how coffee is grown, harvested, dried, and processed. Of course at the end there is a coffee tasting event that allows you to personally smell the typical sweet and pleasant aroma of the Northern coffee grown on nutrient-rich volcanic soil.