The Hot springs of Kikuletwa, also known as Chemka Hot Springs, is close to the village of Rundugai and is one of the most beautiful places in Tanzania to relax. It offers captivating, Bounty-styled views, crystal-clean water and dense vegetation around. The small pond is surrounded by palm and fig trees with winding roots. In the morning, Blue Monkeys can often be observed in the trees, whilst the crystal clear, turquoise water invites you to a refreshing bath. Although they are called hot springs, the water in Kikuletwa is not truly ‘hot’ but refreshing, as the water source is fed by Kilimanjaro itself.
Chemka oasis is a unique sensation, it is the only place in Tanzania (and most likely in the whole East Africa), where the groundwater actively interacts with geothermal sources, forming a number of small lakes with warm, never-stagnating water, which purity is not inferior to the best Dominican or Maldivian resorts. Kikuletwa is one of the hidden gems of Tanzania that one needs to visit.
Here are some interesting things about the Kikuletwa Hot Springs;
The spring is quite deep in middle, and the current is quite strong when you try to swim to the other side so you will need your energy.
It is also worth noting that Garra Rufa Fish is in the water, these smart little fish are used for pedicures around the world. They work by sucking and nibbling on your skin, tenderly removing dead skin cells through natural exfoliation leaving you to emerge with shiny, revitalised feet.
To tickle the belly; Chips My Eye is available, this delicious dish is comprised of chips fried in eggs and is available to buy there along with some drinks from a small kiosk.
The springs have become more and more popular since it’s only an hour or two from the cities making it the perfect day trip or safari-stop. The Kikuletwa Hot Springs is a stop that should definitely be considered for warm refreshing bath.