Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, up close - a view from the western end with picnic area to the right
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, on the right (off view) with picnic area in front
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, in the distance as seen from the middle of the picnic area
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, as seen from the picnic area with exit road to the right
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, up close as seen from the picnic lawn
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, view of the picnic area with waterfall behind and to the right (off view)
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, as seen from one of its rivers
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, the picnic ground as seen from the western end with falls on the right (off view)
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, on the near left with picnic grounds on the right
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, a view from the picnic area with entrance road to the right
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, on the far right as seen from the picnic ground with river on the left
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, the eastern end of the picnic ground with falls behind (off view)
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, in the distance a view from the eastern end of the picnic area
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, the turning point (left) with road ascending the mountain on the right
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, signpost at the turning point (left) with road ascending mountain
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, the turning point and road to the falls approximately 100 metres away
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, road to the falls (in the distance) as seen from the turning point (behind)
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, looking back at the turning point to the falls (behind)
Maio waterfalls Arusha national park, 'leaving the falls' the roads on the descent to Momela gate (about 1km from the falls)
Altitude: 2240 m.a.m.s.l.
This is one of the best waterfalls that we have seen so far on the slopes of mount Meru, despite its small size. The pools next to it hold catfish - a spectacular site at this altitude, and there is a natural evergreen lawn that serves as a picnic site. It is small in size when compared to other falls on the mountain, with a height from top to bottom of about 3 metres
What to do there?Hike or drive to the place and have a picnic, as well as enjoy the sights. We have no Idea how the catfish got up here, but they do add to the liveliness and beauty of the place. For animal lovers and birdwatchers alike, this may be your chance to do your thing.
When done, there is a whole park and a mountain waiting for you to explore, with many other options for accommodation (campsites, hotels and rest houses) so that you don't really have to leave until you actually are done.
Best time to visit?Any time not in the rainy season of March to July, taking note that it may last a little longer as this is the rainforest after all. As a bonus, visiting the place on a day with clear skies may actually enable you to get magnificent views of the mountains Kilimanjaro (Africa's tallest) and Meru (the one you are on) along with the rest of the park from an elevated altitude.
Location of Maio waterfall
The Maio waterfalls are located well inside the rainforest zone and on the slopes of mount Meru - Tanzania. It also is inside the Arusha national park and just 15 kilometres north east of the city of Arusha. The Miriakamba huts that are used by hikers to the summit of the mountain are located about a 30 minutes drive away, although you may need a permit to drive up there.
Please see the map below (click to start) for more info on the waterfall's location.
How to get there?By hiking or by vehicle. The falls are actually quite close to the Miriakamba huts thus making it possible for people climbing or descending the mountain to visit them, in this case, the picnic area would be perfect for a lunch stop. Although possible to hike from the base of the mountain, the falls are so far that you would probably have to sleep at a campsite nearby.
Getting there by vehicle would require about an hours worth of driving up the steep slopes of mount Meru if following the park speed limit of 30 Kph (recommended unless you want to end up in the bushes or off a cliff). This would take you past several attractions such as the Kilimanjaro view point and the fig tree arch, along with three public campsites.
In either case, you would normally have to start at Momela gate, where they would check your permits and possibly give you a ranger or information (if needed). Alternatively, you could use one of the tours and travel companies.
ReferencesInformation from an actual visit to the waterfalls
Abbreviationsm.a.m.s.l. - metres above metric sea level TANAPA - Tanzania National Parks
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