HOT SPRINGS IN TANZANIA
Hot Springs in Tanzania : Tanzania safari tourism is made both credible and plausible with the help of various attractions, a hot spring being one of them. As the name suggests, a hot spring is simply a spring having waters of higher Degrees Celsius of temperature (might go up to 60 0C) emerging from within the earth. The temperature of hot spring’s water is maintained by the heat from the earth’s interior, most of it being from the molten rocks. Having being passed through various rocks, hot spring water happens to have a high content of minerals. The minerals get dissolved into the water while still deep in the earth’s mantle due to the help of the high heat content, making the water emerge to the earth’s surface already packed with high mineral content. It is common to see cold water springs in many areas, making hot water springs a unique feature and thus a tourist attraction. We do have various hot water springs in Tanzania, and below is just but a few of them which have proven to be the most attractive for Tanzania safari destination.
Rundugai Hot Water Spring
It is locally known as Chemka, which means boiling. This name has originated from the general appearance of the spring, which appears as boiling water emerging from underground. This spring is located 35 kilometers from Moshi, having water full of chloride hence unfit for drinking. It is easy to visualize the depth of the spring since it is only 5 meters deep. It is only at Rundugai where you will be able to attain your lifetime memory of swimming in the natural warm water spring while watching the beautiful view of the Baobab trees. This is usually associated with the green cultivated land supported by irrigation systems from different springs, hand in hand with a number of bird species surrounding the spring.
Galanas Hot Springs
Galanas Hot Springs is a hot spring with underwhelming sulphur which extends for a distance of two more kilometers just after crossing the sign river. Thus the only way of accessing it is by taking a daladala up to Amboni caves and taking off from Amboni to Galanas while on foot. The spring obtained her name from Christopher Galanas, a Greek sisal farmer who is believed to be the first individual to experience and declare to the potentials of the spring. Due to the presence of high sulphur content, Galanas water becomes unsuitable for ordinary domestic use, unless under special conditions such as when used by the indigenous for ritual as well as local medication purposes. Despite it not being easily accessible, once you reach Galanas hot spring you will unveil the hidden treasures of the Tanga region. These treasures commence from the beauty of the coconut trees, through the ever promising scene of beaching consisting of a hippopotamus who seem to be very welcoming o visitors. This goes hand in hand with activities such as coconut tree climbing in search of coconut juice, brewing the locally made coconut wine, and the best of all is tasting this local wine made of coconut.
Kilambo Hot Water Spring
Kilambo hot water spring is a name given to a group of five hot water springs, located at Busekelo which is found in the Mbeya region. This is among the tourists attractions found in this hilly region located in the Southern part of Tanzania. It is astonishing that the waters of constituent springs making up Kilambo hot water springs do vary in their degree of saltiness, whereas the Therapectic basin ranks the first position when it comes to the degree of saltiness. In its swimming pool-like structure, the lukewarm waters from Therapectic are used to serve both the tourists and the indigenous people at once. The tourists do enjoy exploring its uniqueness while scientists use it for their research purposes, meanwhile, the indigenous people do enjoy local medication offered by the appropriate use of its lukewarm waters. The wonders of Kilambo hot water springs won’t cease until you witness the naturally designed rock which resembles a sitting/resting point while enjoying the extraordinary view of Kilambo’s ecology. This goes hand in hand with the preternatural curing power of Kilambo’s water, as to do have the power to cure some of the skin diseases. The skin diseases which can be treated by Kilambo’s water include common fever, rashes, skin sores, and a few more.
Kikuletan Hot Spring
Located midway between Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions, within just a 40-minute drive from the main Arusha-Moshi road through either of its leading roads. However, if you are to travel between May and June, taking the route through the sunflower fields will beautify your journey to Kikuletan spring. It being between Arusha and Moshi offers a chance to enjoy spectacular views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and her little sister Mount Meru throughout the year. The journey to Kikuletan is among the most fascinating part of your safari to Kikuletan Hot spring, as you will be able to see a number of attractive views. In addition to the above-mentioned views, we will also enjoy seeing tingatinga villages, dry riverbeds, huge baobab trees, old broken railways, alongside the beauty of Maasai society looking after their herd of kettles on the grazing farms. This group of Maasai will not only be the welcoming family for you but also offer you almost a free cultural visit while in Kikuletan.
Hot Springs are among the oldest, and yet the most multipurpose feature once Tanzania safari tourism is of concern. They are multipurpose since they do serve a number of functions apart from just tourism attractions. These functions include being a research point for various scientific purposes, source of nutritious minerals to both humans and the surrounding ecology, used for domestic purposes (such as treatment of some of the skin infections as seen above), and the last which might not seem to be very common is the generation of electric power out of them. In Tanzania, all the above mentioned can be experienced practically, only with a Tanzania wildlife safari trip to one of the hot springs.