Option one (Mid-Conference excursion)
One day trip excursion to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park (Mandara Hut) will be organised. Participants will be picked up in the morning from the accommodation centres in Moshi Municipal with a one-hour drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park main entrance Gate (Marangu Gate, 1860 m asl). On the way participants will see different land uses and biodiversity, a typical characteristic of multi-storey agro-forestry farming system (Chagga Home Garden). At the Kilimanjaro National Park main Gate, participants will be introduced to the history of the area, tropical mountain climate, ecology and biodiversity (flora and fauna). Soon after the introductions, participants will start hiking through the dense Kilimanjaro rainforest. Alongside the impressive tropical vegetation, participants will have the chance to catch a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro, animals and bird species. After a 3-4 hour hike in tropical rain forest, participants will reach Mandara Hut (2700 m asl), where they will have a well-earned rest and lunch. After lunch they will have a chance to visit Maundi Crater (15 minutes walk), where they can see and enjoy wonderful views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Tanzania and Kenya. More details on the tour will be given in the tour guide book.
Option two (Post Conference excursion)
A one-day post conference excursion will involve visiting living lab (LiveLabLink) project site at Mwenge Catholic University and appreciate the soils and biodiversity conservation in the adapted Kihamba System adjacent to an old historical Coffee Estate. Later on the participants will visit community Chagga home gardens at Marangu-Kilema villages on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. The participants will be able to see the original set-up of the Kihamba farming system in real time and space, cultural heritage (ancient church, beautiful scenery water falls, and the first coffee tree species (Arabica) in East Africa). Participants will also have an opportunity to see the panoramic view of the glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro. This option will enable participants to experience and learn heritage conservation, agroforestry, community-based climate adaptation strategies and ecotourism.