Maji Moto Kubwa is a Swahili word that loosely translated to a large hot water spring. As the name suggests, this hot spring is a fairly large wet, swampy area on the western shores of Lake Manyara that is located withing lake Manyara national Park, through which flows several hot springs that seep from the nearby rift valley wall. Bubbling at over 60°C, they are hot enough to pass the ‘boil an egg’ test, with some parts having the distinctive yellow of sulfur. This natural wonder is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Tanzania. In this article, we will take a closer look at this amazing phenomenon, how to get there, what to do, and when to go.
Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring – A Natural Phenomenon
The Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring is a natural wonder that is truly amazing to behold. This large swampy area is situated on the western shores of Lake Manyara National Park and is home to several hot springs that seep from the nearby rift valley wall. The water in these hot springs is heated by the Earth’s core, which creates a unique natural phenomenon that is not found anywhere else in the world.
The Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring is a popular attraction for tourists who are fascinated by the incredible power of nature. The boardwalk that passes through the swamp offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the hot springs and see the amazing bubbling waters up close. The observation platform at the end of the boardwalk is a great spot to take in the beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding landscape.
What to do at Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring?
Visitors to the Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring can explore the boardwalk that passes through the swamp, ending in an observation platform above the lake. The boardwalk is an excellent way to get up close and personal with the hot springs and see the bubbling waters in action. Along the way, visitors can take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the lake.
Aside from exploring the boardwalk, visitors can also take a dip in the hot springs, but be warned; the water is very hot, and caution is advised. The hot springs are also an excellent spot for bird watching, as the area is home to a wide variety of bird species.
Best time to visit Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring
The best time to visit the Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring is any time of the year. The hot springs are located in a tropical climate, which means that temperatures are relatively stable throughout the year. However, the dry season, which runs from June to October, is the best time to visit as the narrow strip of land between the rift valley escarpment and Lake Manyara’s western shores widens, making it easier to access the hot springs.
Location of Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring
Maji Moto Kubwa hot springs are located on a narrow strip of land between the rift valley escarpment and Lake Manyara’s western shores, that widens in the dry seasons. It is also near the southern border of the park and Marang forest reserve.
How to get to Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring
There are two ways to get to the Maji Moto Kubwa hot spring. The first is by driving from the park’s main gate at the northern end, a journey that takes about two hours – and even longer if stopping at other sites. The gate itself can be reached by air or by road, with the latter using Lake Manyara airstrip near Mto wa Mbu. The second way is by passenger buses through Mto wa Mbu from Arusha, Mwanza, and other major regions of the country, though you still may need a vehicle to get into the park.
Passenger buses go via Mto wa Mbu from Arusha, Mwanza, and other major cities, although you may still require a car to enter the park. This might be a rented or owned car of any sort, however 4x4s are preferable for night game trips.