Mkuru

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Mkuru is on the north side of Mount Meru, not far from the irrigated fields of Ngarenanyuki and the Molela gate of Arusha National Park. Mkuru Camel Camp is easily recognizable from a distance because of the pyramid shaped Ol Doinyo Landaree mountain. A Maasai dominated region, there are traditional bomas scattered throughout and one gets to see the Maasai way of life. The area around the camp is alive with birds and small mammals, and zebra and giraffe in the plains to the north, which is also a corridor for elephants.

The following is on offer:
1. Baboon cave safari
2. Climbing Ol Doinyo Landaree
3. Visit to a traditional healer
4. A walk to Mguru, an archeological place

Different tours can be organized:
1. Camel safaris
2. Camel safaris ranging from one to six days can be arranged.
3. Mount Kilimanjaro safari
4. 3 days / 2 nights from Mkuru to Ngare Nairobi.
This is an excellent trekking experience to the ‘Roof of Africa’ with Maasai guides through the elephant corridor and beautiful landscape rich in flora and fauna.

5. Mount Longido camel safari
6. 3 days/ 2 nights from Mkuru to Longido
7. This is a short but intense adventure through the plains below Mt. Meru where the Maasai steppe becomes wild. You come across several plains game and birds.
8. Oldonyo Lengai safari
9. 5 days/4 nights from Kitumbaine to Oldonyo Lengai
This includes the adventure of riding a camel, sleeping in the bush and knowing the real Maasai culture. Reach Ngorongoro through the plains between Gelai and Kitumbaine
mountains, which are full of wildlife. In the evenings, relax by the campfire, listening to the sounds of the savannah.
10. Lake Natron safari
11. 7 days/ 6 nights from Mkuru to Lake Natron
Pass the mountains of Kitumbaine and Gelai towards Lake Natron, which is full of flamingos. The Oldonyo Lengai will be the orientation point for the last 3 days of the safari. The animals, Maasai and dream landscapes make this safari a memorable experience.
(For those with limited time, a camel safari of 1 night/ 2 days can be organized on request)

Ilkurot

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The following are offered:

1. A visit to a Maasai boma to see the traditional houses and lifestyle of the Maasai
2. A visit to a Maasai holy tree where the Maasai offer sacrifices as part of rituals.
3. A traditional Maasai meal prepared by Maasai ladies. Delicacies include “nyama choma” or barbecued meat,green vegetables,herbal tea, coffee, fresh milk, cassava, sweet potato, bread, eggs and fruits.
4. A five-day safari, during which you can hire a camel or donkey to view animals -girraffe, zebra, rabbit, hyena, Thomson’s gazelle and dik dik- and birds and watch the Maasai graze their cattle in the scenic pastures.
5. Watching Maasai dances, groups of artisans and their handcrafts, traditional healers and bee-keepers
6. A visit to the Kilimamoto crater, Ngorora hill, waterfalls, valleys and Mt.Meru
7. Getting familiar with Swahili and Maasai terminology
8. Talks with local society members
9. A visit to a Maasai women’s handicraft group that makes ornaments from beads and natural products.

Tours at Ilkurot can be divided into three excursion categories:
1. Half day walking tour
2. Full day walking tour
3. Three or five day walking safari
The visitor can choose any of the above options

Engaruka

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Engaruka, situated 63 km north of Mto wa Mbu, on the road to Oldoinyo Lengai and Lake Natron, lies at the foot of the Rift Valley escarpment. It is an important historic site as some 500 years ago, a farming community of several thousand people chose to develop an ingenious irrigation and cultivation system here. For unknown reasons, the farmers left Engaruka around 1700, but the ruins talk volumes about the highly specialized agricultural economy.

The people of Engaruka offer visitors the following attractions:

1. A guided visit to one of the oldest African irrigation systems
2. A visit to the Maasai cattle market
3. A visit to a Maasai Boma Walking safaris in an area of outstanding beauty
4. A look at the local community life

There are various guided tour options:
Half day tours
1. Visit to the ruined city: You can see the remnants of the ruined city of Engaruka. The guide will help you to identify old graves, house walls, irrigation canals and terraces, and explain the various theories about the rise and fall of the f arming community. Enjoy enroute, the colourful birds and butterflies, remnants of the German era, and also visit an “orpul” or Maasai slaughter-house.
2. Engaruka farming tour: From the ruins, walk to the village of Engaruka. Enroute, visit several farms and learn about various farming and irrigation methods. The guide will throw light on the tribal background of the village. On the way back, visit the market area located in the shade of African tulip tree and a huge mkuyu tree.
3. Rift Valley escarpment tour: From the ruined city, narrow footpaths wind up the Rift Valley escarpment. Climb the escarpment guided by a Maasai warrior, who will help you spot many colourful birds and show you trees and plants that the Maasai use for making food and medicines.
One day tour
Kerimasi mountain climb: North of Engaruka is the green mountain of Kerimasi. The climb takes three to four hours from the foot to the summit. From the top, you see impressive views of Oldoinyo Lengai, Lake Natron, the Ngorongoro highlands and the mountains of Kitumbeine and Gelai. The descent takes about two hours.
Two day tour.
Hike to Oldoinyo Lengai: Conquer Oldoinyo Lengai or “the mountain of God” in Maasai parlance. On the first day, you climb Kerimasi mountain and descend on the north side to camp at the foot of Oldoinyo Lengai, the only active volcano in Tanzania. On the morning of the second day, start the 4-5 hour climb to the top, where you can even can enter the crater to watch the volcanic activity . The descent takes about 2 ½ hours.

Chilunga

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Morogoro, 195 km west of Dar es Salaam, is a beautiful region with the Uluguru mountains, natural forests and endemic bird species. Apart from these attractions , visitors can enjoy mountain hikes, historical sites, waterfalls, panoramic viewpoints and glimpses of the local culture.

The following tours can be organized :
1. Morning side tour: Walk through Towelo and Ruvuma village to Morning side, an old German settlement. Walk back through scenic farmlands.
2. Madola tour: Visit Madola village to meet a traditional healer.
3. Usolo tour: Drive through Mikuyuni centre to Usolo where you can enjoy walking,fishing and meeting the locals.
4. Nugutu traditional village tour: Participate in village life of the Lugulu people-try traditional food and drink, dance with them and learn to make handicrafts.
5. Kinole village tour: There are three options available under this tour:
1. Start from Kinole village and come down the Uluguru mountains to Morogoro, passing a historical site on the way.
2. Start from Kinole village towards Morogoro through a forest reserve, where you can watch the antics of blue monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys.
3. Start from Kinole village towards Morogoro through Tegetero and Bangilo villages and forest reserves. Here too, you have the opportunity of seeing blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and birds.
6. Lupanga tour: Start from Morogoro and pass through lush farmlands before you go uphill to the second highest peak of Ulugurus. Enjoy the waterfalls , rainforest, endemic species of birds, insects and monkeys.
7. Bunduki tour: Swim and camp at the Hululu waterfall site.
8. Lukwangule Plateau tour: A panoramic view is on offer from the only plateau in Ulugurus. There is the option of staying overnight with the villagers.
9. Maasai village tour: Stay overnight in Maasai village with the colorful tribe and partake in their traditional meals and markets.
10. Town tour: Take a tour of Morogoro town-walk,drive or ride. This can be arranged by the tourist office.
11. Kibwe waterfall tour: Walk to the seasonal Kibwe waterfall and view Morogoro town from the peaks of the Uluguru mountains.
12. Kigurunyembe tour: Feel the cool waters of a rock stream and take a dip. Or just camp beside it and refresh yourself.

Ilkiding’a

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The village of Ilkindig’a at the foot of Mt.Meru, where the sounds of rivers, birds, and people are in harmony, offers a view into the culture of the Wa-arusha tribe.

The following is offered:
1. A visit to a local traditionally built household to get an idea of how an extended family lives together
2. A walk through coffee plantations and open fields where potatoes, cabbages, maize, beans and other cash crops are cultivated by the villagers.
3. A visit to a traditional healer, who is ready to answer all your questions and give advice if needed
4. A visit to the craftsmen making small wooden stools, jewelery, knives and traditional clothing
5. A traditional meal prepared by the Mainyoite Women’s Group at one o f the households
6. A visit to the primary school where money generated from tourism as Development Fees is used to rehabilitate the school
7. The pleasure of impressive viewpoints overlooking Arusha town, hiking along narrow footpaths, crossing a canyon and climbing small hills .

You can take a half day tour, full day tour or a 3 day south-west Meru cultural hike. A fourth option is an 8 hour walking trip from Arusha to the starting point, where you connect with the full day tour.

Half day tour: This includes a visit to Sembeo’s Boma where you get a glimpse of village life. Thereon, walk through fields of crops, visit a traditional healer, head to he Njeche Canyon and end with a traditional meal at the Mainyoito Women’s Group.

Full day tour: This includes a trial through the fields, visit to Sembeo’s Boma and crossing the Ngarenaro river to reach Leloto viewpoint. Head to the Maasai Craftsmen Group and end the tour with a traditional meal at the Mainyoito Women’s Group.

3 day hike: On the first day, walk uphill to Sembeo’s Boma. Cross Ngarenaro river and walk through Milkhasi Forest to Timbolo to spend the night. Next day, cross the Ngareolmotonyi river and walk uphill to Olkokola and further on to Ilkurot to spend the night . On the third day, walk to Muklat and Ngaramtoni for the weekly Maasai market. After lunch, walk or drive back to Arusha.

Babati and Hanang

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Babati District is located along the Arusha-Dodoma road in the Rift Valley, south of the Lake Manyara Park and west of Tarangire. In both Babati and the nearby Hanang District, the people follow their tribal culture and traditions closely and visitors can mix freely with them to observe their lifestyle.The area also has a rich birdlife with over 400 species.

The highlights of a tour to the area are:
1. A special Barbaig cultural insight hike
2. An exclusive Mount Hanang climb
3. A fishing Adventure with local canoes on lake Babati while viewing hippos
4. A chance to participate in local brick and pottery making and beer brewing
5. A visit to a development projects like cattle and goat dairy farming, piped water project, bio-gas energy project
6. Cycling expedition through remote areas

There are various tour options:
Half day tour: You visit Managhat village, original home of the Gorowa tribe, to see dairy farming activities, farming with ox ploughs, a bio-gas system, local Gorowa huts and optionally a Killer Bee-keeping project at the bottom of Mount Kwaraa.

One day tour: You walk to Managhat village and climb Bambaay Hill from where you see beautiful Rift Valley landscape with Lake Babati and Lake Manyara and the Maasai Steppe to the east. Later, visit a respected Gorowa tribesman, Mzee Kwaraa, for an insight on Gorowa culture, marriage ceremonies, rain prayers, burial, religious and circumcision rituals. Optionally, you can row, fish and view hippos on Lake Babati using local canoes.

Three day special Barbaig tour: This tour enables you to mix with the Barbaig tribals and gain cultural insight on their marriage procedures, burial rites, local taboos, way of making ornaments and goatskin dresses, and their daily activities. Try to herd cattle or fetch water the Barbaig way and take pictures with them. Mount Hanang trekking tour and God’s Bridge walk are other interesting options. All tours can be combined and cycling expeditions organized on request. For birdwatchers, exclusive safaris are designed. A combination of national park and cultural safari is possible.

Kisangara

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Visit the Kisangara Cultural Tourism site 62 km south-east of Moshi in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and t he Pare Mountains. High on the mountains, protected by natural forests, this is inhabited by the people of Pare.
Kisangara

The following activities are on offer:
1. A visit to workshops involved in carpentry, brick-making and brewing local beer
2. A visit to a sisal factory
3. Spice tour ,cooking traditional dishes, weaving household items and dancing with local women’s groups
4. Hiking tour up Mount Kindoroko, with forestry activities
5. A visit to the Lembeni Herbal Hospital
6. Fishing expeditions at Nyumb a y a Mungu dam
7. A visit to a farming project wher e you can learn and participate in the various farming technologies

Half day tours
1. Carpentry,bricks and beer tour: This tour takes you first to the carpentry workshop where you can participate in the making of various items. From there, visit a brick factory to witness the entire process of brick-making. Finish with a visit to the local beer-brewing unit where the drink is prepared from sugarcane.

2. Lambeni Herbal Hospital: Talk to doctors and patients and learn about the various herbal medicines used to treat different diseases.

Full day tours
1. Kindoroko Mountain tour: This hike starts from the Centre and takes you through the lush forest. Ascend to the top for panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro ,Mount Meru, Lake Jipe and Nyumba ya Mungu dam. Tree planting and a visit to a tree nursery can be included on request.

2. Spice tour: Go to the spice and herbal gardens. Once back at the Center, participate in the preparation of a traditional meal flavored with spices. The meal is followed by a cultural interaction with the villagers and local dances.

3. Nyumba yaMungu: Drive to the Nyumba ya Mungu (House of God) dam, the electricity power station. Go on a fishing expedition in a local canoe or just walk along the shores to admire the rich bird life.

Longido

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The tour to the extensive plains around Longido mountains, 80 km north of Arusha, features an insight into the traditions of Maasai culture. The lush area is home to rare birds and animals.
Longido

The tour includes:
1. A nature trail to spot birds
2. A climb to the impressive Longido mountain through a dense natural forest
3. Walking safari through the Maasai plains and over the slopes of Longido mountain
4. A visit to a traditional Maasai village
5. A tour of historical sites dating back to British colonial times

Tour options
Half day tour: Longido is rich in birdlife. Some of the birds seen in this area starling Major, Red and Yellow Barbet, Masked Weaver, Silver Bill and Secretary Bird. A birdwalk through the Maasai plains starting from the town of Longido to the bomas of OI Tepesi allows you to see birds as well as trees and plants used by the locals to make food and medicines. Later, visit a Maasai boma to see the Maasai lifestyle.

Full day Tour: Add to the birdwalk, a walking safari from OI Tepesi to Kimokouwa along a cattle trail. Gradually climb to an altitude of 1,600m to get panoramic views of Mt.Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Descend to Kimokouwa’s green “vallley of wells” and nearby historic British grave. On Wednesdays, you can extend your stay by visiting the bustling and colorful cattle market.
A new attraction is a four day trekking trip -from Longido to the Big Rock and Kitumbeine, on to lake Natron.

Longido mountain climb
Day 1: Walk to the campsite of Kimokouwa and go for the full day tour.
Day 2: Early next morning , follow narrow footpaths through dense natural forests for three hours to reach the beautiful ‘dawa ya supu’ or medicine soup viewpoint. Another t wo hours’ climb leads you to the top of Longido mountain to enjoy fantastic views of the other mountains of northern Tanzania. The descent back to the campsite takes about three hours. Finish with a meal with the FARAJA women’s group.

Machame

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Machame, to the north of the Arusha – Moshi road, is a mosaic of beautful valleys, deep gorges, rivers, waterfalls and farms, and is home to the Chagga people. Explore the life of the people of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The tour includes the following:
1. A warm welcome in a local Chagga household
2. Hikes through dense natural forests and farms for acclimatization along fast flowing strems before climbing the mountain.
3. Three different views of snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, where local ancient Chagga legends recount tales of an iron hut that brought them strength
4. A visit to several development projects in the area (coffee production, traditional irrigation, afforestation, cross-breeding, bee-keeping, schools, health cae, food processing, etc.)

There are various tours designed by the people of Machame:

Sieny – Ngira tour (4-6 hours): The tour starts from the Machame Cultural Tourism Centre (Kyalia) and takes you through Kalali market to Masama. Sieny catchment forest is historically a sacred place of natural forests bridges and caves where local people worshipped during the traditional festivals. Another attraction is the natural bridge called ‘ Daraja la Mungu’ or ‘God’s Bridge’.

Nronga tour (5 hours): Walk uphill f rom Kyalia to Nronga village. Visit the milk purification centre run by women and the Kalali women’s group specializing in cheese – making. If your visit is on a
Monday, you can enjoy the colourful weekly market.

Environmental tour (5 hours): Get a glimpse of how the locals make pottery for food and water storage. The guide will explain how the conservation activities such as rainwater harvesting undertaken in the
area are ideal for a rural setting.

Nkuu tour (5 – 8 hours): From Kyalia, walk through fertile banana and coffee farmlands and learn about an intensive inter-cropping system of mixed crop farming. Also, participate in cooking a traditional Chagga meal before return.

Mfuranungun view point (6-8 hours): See Moshi town, Lake Nyumba ya Mungu (House of God) and learn about horticultural practice at Nkwewele. Hike to Marukeni before descending to the river Semira rich in trout.

Ng’uni hike (2 days): The Sieny – Ngira tour can be combined with a hike to Ng’uni. At Ng’uni, learn to build the oldest Chagga traditional house called ‘Mbii’. Meet Mzee Urassa who will brief you on
stingless bee – keeping.

Lyamungo tour (2 -3 days): The tour starts at Kyalia and leads you to Lyamungo village where you can learn about coffee production. Visit the Narumu Women Pottery Centre, natural forest and the source of the Weruweru river.

Mamba / Marangu

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Mamba and Marangu in the Kilimanjaro area have both natural and cultural heritage to offer the visitor. There are more than seven waterfalls in the vicinity, unique flora with tree, flower and fruit nurseries and fauna. Tour the slopes of Mt.Kilimanjaro and ascend to beautiful viewpoints.
Mamba Marangu

Tours through Marangu afford panoramic views of Mt.Kilimanjaro. Visit the home and memorial of the late Yohana Lauwo, a Marangu native who accompanied Dr.Hans Meyer on the first recorded climbs of Kilimanjaro in 1889, and read the original log books of Lauwo. Customised half day, full day or two day walking safaris can be organised. These tours include the Kinukamori and Moonjo falls and a visit to a Chagga house made of straw-roofing . See the first coffee tree planted in Tanzania and climb up Ngangu Hill. A trip to the African Art Centre that houses a collection of ancient and modern sculptures, carvings and paintings is rewarding. Mamba is a paradise for bird-watchers and nature lovers. Enjoy scenic waterfalls, trees, flowers and fruit nurseries, pass historical sites the Laka Holes- large hiding caves used during the Chagga – Maasai wars, visit a wood carving school, meet a local blacksmith using ethnic methods to prepare spears and tools, and experience Chagga culture by visiting a traditional Chagga culture by visiting a traditional chagga house.

Mbeya

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Mbeya lies about 872 km south-west of Dar es Salaam, its landscape characterized by relief forms created by the volcanic effects of the African Rift Valley.

A visit to the region includes:
1. A visit to the Ngozi Crater Lake
2. A view into the traditional culture of the people of Mbeya
3. Climbs to different mountain peaks in the area overlooking the East African Rift Valley
4. Visit to the Mbozi Meteorite Stone and the Natural Bridge at Kiwira

Different tours offered are:
Climb to Mbeya peak: Reaching the Mbeya peak (2,826m) is a steep climb taking about three hours. As you go along the mountain slopes, you see the indigenous flowers and colourful butterflies.

Ngozi Crater Lake: Ngozi Crater Lake lies 38 km south of Mbeya, in the direction of Tukuyu and Lake Malawi. A narrow footpath winds uphill through a dense tropical jungle full of bamboo and wild banana trees. Small mammals and colourful birds hide behind the thick vegetation. After a climb of one hour, you arrive at the crater rim for a magnificent view of the crater lake.

Kiwira Natural Bridge and waterfalls: The Kiwira Bridge was created by the powers of a fast flowing river. Locals call this miracle ‘ Daraja la Mungu’ or ‘ Bridge of God’. Worth visiting are the nearby Kijungu waterfalls.

Rungwe Mountain climb: Rungwe Mountain at 2,960m is the highest peak in southern Tanzania. This volcano, active over the past million years, dominates the whole area around Tukuyu. It is a vast wild area, more than 100 sq km of forest, upland scrub and rock terrain, completely uninhabited and visited only occasionally. Take a long hike to the crater rim.

Matema beach: The 130 km drive from Mbeya to Matema beach is among the most scenic in Tanzania. A winding road passes through high mountains and tea estates before it descends to the tropical shores of Lake Malawi. From Matema, you can make canoe trips with fishermen over the lake to the nearby village where women specialise in pottery, and to the mouth of the river to spot hippos and crocodiles. It is also possible to organize hikes to the Livingstone Mountains.

Mbozi meteorite and Sisi kwa Sisi farm: 40 km south- east of Mbeya, lies the meteorite stone of Mbozi. This is the eighth largest meteorite in the world, weighing about 12 tonnes and dates back to atleast a thousand years. Nearby the stone, the Sisi kwa Sisi society is worth a visit to experience true African rural life.

Other attractions: Several hot water springs, an underground crater known as ‘bat caves’, ruins of a 200 year old fort, Kaporogwe falls and Usangu basin are some of the other sites.

Monduli Juu

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Monduli Juu, situated 50km noth-west Arusha, is a cluster of four small Maasai villages – Emairete, Enguki, Eluwi and Mfereji.

The following is on offer to visitors:
- A picturesque journey through the evergreen rain forest
- A medicinal tour of plants and herbs, which includes a visit to a traditional Maasai herbs doctor
- A visit to Naramatu – a small factory where Maasai women make ethnic jewellery
- A chance to have a ‘nyamachoma’ or roast meat meal with the Maasai
- Panoramic views of the Risft Valley, Oldonyo Lengai and Lake Natron
- An insight into the culture of the Maasai and Waarusha

Half day tour
1. The ‘Kona Saba’ esarpment climb: The Tour starts at Mfereji village and includes a visit to a Maasai Boma, a walk through tree savanna to the foot of the escarpment and the ascent to the top from where you
get panoramic views over the Rift Valley.
2. The evergreen rainforest tour: Start from Enguiki and walk to the eastern peak of the Monduli mountains. Enroute to a water source, see trees birds and animals.

Full day tour
Medicinal herbs tour: The tour starts at Emairete dam and takes you past the Maasai church, primary school and kindergarten project up to Naramatu. Further up the mountain, enjoy the scenic views. Savour lunch in a Maasai boma before visiting a traditional Maasai herbs doctor.

Two day tour
Olkaray tour: Visit the Esserian Maasai Camp and Sominen dam site, a Maasai boma and ‘orpul’ – a traditional Maasai meat camp on the first day. On the second day, walk to Olkaray, the
red clay that is used by the Maasai to colour their face and hair.

Three day tour
Ilmorjo – Enguiki tour: On the first day, visit the Esserian Maasai Camp and Sominen dam site. Next day, walk through O’Liyamei Valley, Sokoine dam and the dipping tank. Spend the night at Naramatu Camp. On the third day, visit Enguiki and Bismarck’s palace.

Four day tour
Comprehensive tour from Enguiki Norkuman: Camp for three nights in Enguiki village. On the first day, visit the famous water hole and ascend to the ‘ Kona Saba’ escarpment. On the second day, go to Mfereji and Maasai boma. On the third, visit the primary school, dispensary and Monduli forest in Enguiki village. On the last day, visit Emairete village to see the ex-eye hospital, primary school,dispensary and kindergarten project.

Mto wa Mbu
Mto wa Mbu is situated on the way to the national parks in northern Tanzania, just at the foot of Rift Valley. Located on the way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti, it is an ideal resting place for most safari travelers.

Mto wa Mbu

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A visit to Mto wa Mbu includes:

1. A walk to through the farms in the green oasis at he foot of the Rift Valley
2. A climb to Balaa Hill from where you can see the whole town
3. A view into the culture of many different tribes living in the area
4. A trip to the Miweleni Lake and waterfall
5. Visits to development projects that aim at improving agriculture and start income generating activities for the farmers.
6. Explanation about the irrigation system

Different tours are in offer: Climbing Balaa Hill (3-6 hours): Climb to the top of the Rift Valley wall for breath-taking views of Lake Manyara, the village of Mto wa Mbu, and the Maasai Steppe beyond. Also, see a diverse array of local bird species and magnificent 2,000 year old baobab trees.
Maasai Boma tour (3- 4hours): Visit a Maasai boma and see the lifestyle of this legendary tribe up-close. Along with a guided tour of the boma and an introduction to the local Maasai population, tribesmen will offer to paint traditional Maasai tattoos for visitors and even let them milk their prized cows.
Maasai Market tour (2-4): Hundred of Maasai gather each Thursday afternoon at the bustling Maasai market, where visitors have the chance to see their crafts and taste their food, including the famous Maasai BBQ. A larger, village-wide market occurs on the 22nd of each month.
Village walk (2-4 hours): Get an inside look at the homes and exquisite crafts of Mto wa Mbu’s many tribes. Visitors will get a chance to meet locals and learn about banana beer, Makonde woodcarvings, and the tribal painting techniques; the village provides a great introduction to everyday life inAfrica.
Farm tour (1-4 hours): See the innovative farming practices of Mto wa Mbu villagers and learn about the irrigation system that sustains local crops, including the 32 varieties of bananas.
Miwaleni Waterfall and Lake tour (3-5 hours): Bike or hike to this impressive lake and waterfall, both lined with thriving papyrus plants. At night, leopards and hippos frequent the area, but during the day, visitors can swim in the refreshing pool beneath the falls.
Biking to Lake Manyara (2-5 hours): Bike to the coast of one of the Africa’s most Majestic lakes and get an amazing opportunity to view wildlife like zebras, giraffes, hippos and water buffaloes at close range in this corridor of migration between the national parks.
Lunch at Moma’s (1-2 hours): Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Moma’s home. Over lunch, the guide will provide a history of region and many local tribes.

Mulala

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The Mulala village is a typical rural setting on on the southern slopes of Mt. Meru and surrounded by spectacular scenery. It lies 1,600 -1,700 above sea level and you wind your way up the mountain through a maze of lush, green vegetation dotted with small farms. The women of Mulala have united in the form of the Agape Women’s Group. Through this group, they try to support economic activities of the members and start new income-generating projects, the Mulala Cultural Tourism Programme. When you arrive there, you will be warmly welcomed by the village women

The Mulala women have organized the following:

* A tour of Mama Anna’s quaint cheese making unit, this being the starting point of the tour

* A nice garden where you can relax and enjoy a beverage or simple, traditional meal

* Guided tours criss-crossing coffee and banana farms, walking through the forest reserve or by the Marisha river bank and enjoying spectacular views of Mt.Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Agape Women Traditional Activities tour (1to 2 hours): Visit the farms of the Agape Women’s Group. The women will explain their farming methods and show you the various economic activities they have started, like cheese-making, bread-making, flower seds, chilli growing and sewing.
Mt.Meru forest reserve tour (1 to 2 hours): Walk into the forest reserve and climb up to the foothills of Mt.Meru, crossing the beautiful natural forest, home to many species of birds and monkeys.
Marisha river tour (2hours): Enjoy the scenic Marisha river bank, thick with tropical vegetation and home to colourful birds and primates. The guide will show you the most common medicinal plants used by the villagers.You continue to the Ziwa la Mzungu(white man’s lake) to see a big colony of fruit bats.
Lemeka Hill tour (2hours): Criss-cross the coffee and banana farms and head up Lemeka Hill for breath-taking views of Mt.Meru and Mt.Kilimanjaro and of Maasai plains. Also visit the farms of Moses, the traditional healer of the village.

Ngiresi

Ngiresi Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts Ngiresi Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts

Ng’iresi is situated 7 km out of Arusha, on the slopes of Mt.Meru. It’s inhabited by farmers of the Wa-arusha tribe.

The villagers of Ng’iresi and Olgilai have the following on offer for visitors:

* A guided tour to farms on the lush slopes of Mt.Meru
* A visit to several development projects in the village –soil conservation, irr igation, creoss-breeding, bio-gas
* A climb to Kivesi Hill, an old volcano with a natural forest on the top
* A glimpse of the Wa-arusha culture
* A walk to Songoto and Navuru waterfalls
* A delicious lunch and dinner prepared by the Juhudi Women’s Group.

Different tours have been organised.Visitors can choose between half and full day tours:
Half day tours

1.Village tour: Visit Mzee Loti’s farm for a coffee and tea and get explanation on bio-gas, cross-breeding and soil conservation projects on the farm. Walk to the nearby bomas to see the various styles of traditional Maasai and Wa-arusha houses and enjoy a beautiful view of Arusha town and then the surrounding Maasai plain. Descend Lekimana Hill to visit the Ng’iresi primary school and return to Loti’s farm for lunch.

2. Songota waterfall: The tour starts from Kwangulelo bus stop. A 44-minutes walk takes you to Songota waterfall in Oldadai village. Visit Mzee Loti’s farm and visit the biogas and soil conservation projects, traditional houses and school.

Full day tours

1. Navuru waterfall and village tour: From Mzee Loti’s farm, do the half day tours combined with a walk to the Olgilai forest reserve. A small path leads you to the steep canyon of the Themi River. Cross the river to reach the Navuru waterfall.

2. Village and forest Tour: The village tour can combined with a visit to the forest on the higher slopes of Mt.Meru. The spring waters that are the main source of water for the village commence here. At the edge of the forest, meet a traditional healer.

3. Two day tour: After a full day tour, spend the night camping at Mzee Loti’s farm. Next morning, start for a climb to Kivesi Hill. Descend on the other side and return to Arusha. Other tours can be arranged on request. A traditional medicine tour is an interesting option, during which you meet a traditional healer and walk along the slopes of Mt.Meru collecting herbs and plants that have been used by the locals for thousands of years. The guide will help in identifying and collecting samples of the different species.

Northern Pare Mountains

Northern Pare Mountains Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts Northern Pare Mountains Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts

The Northern Pare Mountains are situated 50 kms south-east of Moshi.Usangi is the heart of the mountains and a centre of the economic activities. the Northern Pare Mountains have at their heart a village called Usangi, a centre of economic activities. local factories produce bricks, stoves, pottery and clothes. some families brew beer in their backyards, using traditional metheds. Every Monday and Thursday, a colourful market is held where farmers from the sorrounding villages come to sell their harvest.

They offer the following:
1. A walk through Kindoroko forest reserve, a natural rainforest atop the mountains.
2. Climbs to diffent mountain peaks for excellent views of Kilimanjaro, Lake Jipe and Nyumba ya Mungu
3. A visit to historical relics from the time of tribal war and colonial rule.
4. A glimpse of Pare culture.
5. A view of the various projects-irrigation, soil conservation and reforestation.
Tours from Usangi:
Halfday tour
Mangatu view tour: Walk through farms on the lower parts of the slopes and climb to Mangatu moorland (1,600m). On the top is the Mbale clan fores, from where you get excellent views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Jipe.
One day tours
1.Kindoroko mountain climb and rainforest tour: From Usangi, hike up the Kindoroko mountain. A natural rainforest, its home to blue monkeys and many seasonal tropical birds. See stone terraces and modern irrigation system, and visit a traditional healer and a women’s pottery co-operation.
2.Kamwala mountain climb: Learn about the past and local traditions as you climb through the Cheghomoorland. On the way to the top of the Kamwala mountai, enjoy scenic views of the Pare mountains. On descent, visit Shinhatini village to talk to local farmers who have benefited from the improved agricultural techniques supported by development projects.
Other tours
Walking tours of several days can be organized. Hike through natural forest, descend the mountains and spend a night with a family in the village of Kisangara Chini or visit the mountainside near the village of Ugweno.
A round trip of Pare can be organized from Moshi or Marangu, whereby you visit the Ware dam and local factories, enjoy beautiful views and meet farmers. See relics from the time of tribal wars and colonial rule.
From Ugweno, other trips can be organized. Hikes to smaller mountains, visits to ancient tunnels and a waterfall. Like Jipe is a 1 1/2hour walk; once there, you can canoe to spot hippos and crocodiles.

Oldonyo Sambu

Oldonyo Sambu Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts Oldonyo Sambu Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts

Oldonyo Sambu is located 36 km north-west of Arusha on the highway to Nairobi. The centre of operations is Oldonyo Sambu Market (also known as Maiko Market).

The programme includes the following:

* Short hikes up the hills to view the beautiful Maasai land and to get a glimpse of Mt.Kilimanjaro, Mt.Meru, Longido and Kitumbeine.

* Visits to traditional Maasai bomas, markets and watering dams

* Visit to a traditional healer and the centre of Maasai women specializing in making ornaments

* Study walks to a historic tower, tribal holy trees and water springs

* Horse, camel and donkey rides across Maasai country

Half day tours

1. The safari starts with a visit to a Maasai boma to see the traditional lifestyle of the tribe. Hike up the Oldonyo-Was Hill to view the surrounding plains and villages. Later, head to the centre of Maasai women specializing in ornament-making and to the historic tower, a reminder of colonialism. Trek to a holy fig tree and thereon to a water spring.
2. Start by hiking up the Mareu Hill to view Mt.Kilimanjaro, Mt.Meru,Longido, Kitumbeine and Monduli. Rest in a Maasai boma before heading to meet a traditional healer.

Full day tour tours

1. Hike up the Oldonyo-Was Hill , then rest in a Maasai boma before heading to meet a traditional healer.Visit the watering dams and a traditional meat camp or ‘orpul’. Proceed to the fields and to watch livestock in the lush pastures of the Maasai. Nearby is a zoo with Marabou storks, leopards and colobus monkeys. Time permitting, you will be shown the local method of bee-keeping.
2. Start by hiking up Mareu Hill to view Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru , Longido, Kitumbeine and Monduli.Later,rest in a Maasai boma and visit a traditional healer. Go on to see the holy fig tree, water spring, meat camp and historic tower. End the journey with a meal prepared by the Maasai women.

Overnight tour: A tailor-made overnight tour can be oraganised to include a visit a Maasai boma, Maasai market and traditional healer. Go to the pastures to learn about Maasai livestock and enjoy a traditional ‘nyama choma’ or roast meat meal.

Osotwa Cultural Tourism Initiatives (OCTI)

Osotwa Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts

Osotwa is situated 1.9 km off the Arusha-Nairobi road from Ngaramtoni junction. Osotwa is a programme by the people dwelling on the slopes of Mt.Meru, blessed with rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage.

There are tours available for half day, full day, and full day one night.
The following is on offer:
1. Walk through nine identified villages in the Arumeru district.
You will go with Maasai eco-tour guides to meet people, enjoy the beautiful scenery and see how people live in this rural part of Tanzania.
2.   A view intothe culture of the Maasai in the II Iarusa settlement
3.  A lunch of traditional East African food and Maasai herbal tea or locally grown and processed coffee.
4. Visit to the colourful Maasai markets on Thursday and Sunday.
5.  A climb up the impresssive Sambasha Hill (2000m, an old volcano with a crater and natural forest on top. Watch birds,butterflies, colobus and blue monkeys and enjoy a wonderful view of Arusha town.
6.  A visit to Kitakuk Hill-Osotwa’s Environmental Conservation Project where 18,000 indigenous trees are planted.
7.  A visit to historic and ritual sites.
8.  A visit to a Maasai traditional healer and a craft village.
9. Visits to community development projects that aim at improving the living conditios through
income generating and environmental conservation activities.
10.  A visit to Olmotonyi forestry training institute.
11.  A visit to Meru/Usa forest plantations.
12.  A visit to a sawmill complex in the Mt.Meru area.

Half day tours
1. Walk across the boundary of Meru/Usa Forest Plantation and the villages adjacent to the forest. Observe farming activities, the Olmotonyo river valley, blue monkeys, white and black colobus monkeys and birds. Climbthe Sambasha Hill (2,000m) to see a mini crater and proceed to Kitakuk Hill to see an environmental project. Get a glimpse of Maasai culture before returning to the Osotwa offfice.

2. Start from the Osotwa office and pass the primary and secondary schools. Enjoy the scenic plateu land covered with banana plantations and coffee farms. Walk through the villages and learn about the Selian and Ngarenaro rivers and unique ”strangler” tree. Visit a traditional healer, and bead and handicraft makers.

Full day tour: Start at the Osotwa office and walk through the Meru/Usa Forest Plantation and along Olmotonyi river to Sambasha Hill. Enjoy a view over Arusha town and see white and black colobus monkeys and blue monkeys, a caldera and many birds. Visit a boma where you will be served a hot traditional Tanzania meal. Later, meet a traditional healer, and makers of beads and other handicrafts.

Pangani Coast: Pangani, situated about 50 km south of Tanga in the north-eastern corner of Tanzania, is rich with historical sites and structures which reflect the influence of Arabs, Germans, Indians and British in East Africa. Also to be enjoyed here are white beaches and splendid coral reefs which harbour a great diversity of tropical marine life. Saadani National Park, Tanzania’s only beach plus wildlife park, is in close proximity to Pangani.

Southern Pare Mountains

Southern Pare Mountains Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts Southern Pare Mountains Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts

Walk along steep slopes, through dense tropical forests and villages of Pare in the Mbaga Hills deep within the Southern Pare Mountains, about 150 km from Moshi.

A tour of southern Pare Mountains includes:

1. A trip to the hilltop Ranzi Dam and Tona grounds to get glimpses of German history, and unique flora and fauna.
2. A climb to the different mountain peaks from where you get excellent views of Mkomazi Game Reserve, Mt.Kilimanjaro, Shengena Peak and Taita Hills of Kenya
3. A view of Shengena Peak, the highest point of the eastern Arc Mountains
4. A view into Pare culture

Different tours offered are:

Half day walking tours

1. Mghimbi Caves and Malameni Rock: Visit the Mghimbi Caves, which in 1860 were used as hiding places during slave raids.Proceed to Malameni Rock where till 1930, thousands of children were sacrificed to the gods to appease the evil spirits.

2.Mpepera view point: From this view point, see Mt.Kimlimanjaro and the expanse of the Mkomazi Game Reserve. A cross on the hilltop symbolizes a peaceful union between the Protestants and the Roman Catholics of the area.

One day tours:
1. Tona Moorland- Ranzi Dam: From Tona Lodge, walk through lush rainforests to view Malameni Rock and then proceed to Tona Moorland. Behind the moorland are ruins from the period of German missionary influence in Mbaga Hills.Go on to Ranzi Dam, where you can picnic besides a natural spring.
2. Heiganda Duma viewpint: Visit Mbakweni village, home to traditional healers and breweries. Go on to Mlamba Natural Caves and Chabaru, a traditional village, before you begin your ascent to Heiganda Duma viewpoint.
3. Ikongwe village tour: From Tona Lodge, walk along mountain terraces and waterfalls. The area abounds in tropical fruits. On the way back, stop by Mpepera viewpoint.

4. Red Reservoir tour: This is an excellent picnic and bird-viewing spot high in the mountains near the Tona Moorlands. 3 day hike. Shengena Forest Day 1: Leave Tona Lodge early morning and walk through the green countryside to Chome Village. Stay with a local family, sample the local food and enjoy the rich Pare culture. Day 2 Continue your ascent to the edge of Shengena Forest where you can camp under the stars. Day 3: Rise at 4 am and hike up Shengena Peak to watch a stunning sunrise. Pare 4×4 car round trip The beautiful Pare Mountains can be explored by driving around. Visit the villages, the farmers, and listen to the legends of the Pare people.

Tengeru

Tengeru Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts Tengeru Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts

Close to the picturesque slopes of Mt.Meru, Tengeru is 13 km from Arusha town along the Arusha-Moshi/Dar es Salaam road.

The following are offered:

1. A glimpse of Meru culture
2. A visit to local farms owned and managed by members of the Patandi Women’s Group
3. A guided tour to the legendary Chief’s compound to see his handicrafts and artifacts, followed by a hiking tour up Mt.Meru
4. A visit to families with disabled children in the village to exchange and share experiences
5. Interaction with specific women’s/youth village groups to exchange ideas on family planning and HIV/AIDS
6. An introduction to Village Environmental Conservation Initiative (VECI)
7. Attending the church service on Sunday
8. A taste of locally prepared coffee and learn about the bio-gas plant
9. Entertainment by local theatre works around a bonfire

Visit to a local primary school (2 hours): Visit any of the three primary schools in the vicinity. One is a normal primary school, the second a special school for the handicapped and the third a teaching practice school. Meet the children and participate in their activities.
Patandi Bush tour (3 hours): Visit the Patandi village and the homes of the villagers. See the farms, cattle rearing and coffee-making process.
Lake Duluti tour (4 hours): Walk to Lake Duluti, a caldera lake, and learn about the historical background and mysteries associated with it. A boat ride can be organized or enjoy watching the flora that abounds in the area.
Visit to an African herbalist (half day): Meet Dr. Maretu, an old man in his late seventies who has been treating people for over 20 years.
River Malala eco tour (half day): Take a nature walk along the river bank to enjoy scenery, birds, flowers and trees.
Shimbumbu Hill nature expedition (full day) Walk through banana and coffee plantations and after crossing the river Malala, ascend to the top of Shimbumbu Hill and to the Msese caves.
Kimundo excursion (3 days): Visit an African chiefdom, Khum Springs and the Maasai-Kwavi point near River Malala.Hear the stories connected with these sites. Enjoy the Mangalia waterfalls and go on to pay tribute to two young missionaries at a nearby graveyard. Later, go hiking up the majestic Mt. Meru.
Songs: Enjoy local singing, dancing and poetry of the Meru culture around a bonfire at night.
Shopping:Join the locals in their evening shopping and buy yourself a souvenir.

Usambara Mountains

Usambara Mountains Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts Usambara Mountains Cultural Tour in Tanzania Africa by Africa's Safari Experts

The Usambara Mountains are in the north-east part of Tanzania, are known for their pleasant climate, beautiful viewpoints and fertile slopes.Favoured by the Germans and English during colonial times, the area is rich in historical buildings from the period.

The following are offered:

1. A visit to Panoramic viewpoints from the mountainside
2. A visit to several development projects in the district-soil conservation, irrigation, cross-breeding-afforestation and health care
3. A climb to Kwa Mongo-the mountain home to beautiful butterflies
4. Walks through dense natural forests and along small rivers that rest downhill
5. A glimpse of the history and daily life of the Wasambara farmers
6. A visit to a traditional pottery village

There are many one day walking tours from Lushoto:

1. Montessori Sisters of Ubiri: Take a short walking tour from Lushoto to the Catholic Mission of the Montessori Sisters in Ubiri.Taste and buy locally made cheese, wine and jam.

2. Irente viewpoint: Hike up to the Irente viewpoint to get panoramic view of the Maasai plains and Mazinde village.On the way back, visit the Irente Farm cheese factory and the royal village of Kwembago.

3. Usambara flora and fauna: Walk through the fertile farmlands of Jaergertal to a fruit tree nursery and learn about different varieties of fruit trees and propagation. Continue uphill to the village of Vuli to see projects on soil conservation, irrigation and farming methods.

4. Magamba rainforest: Walk uphill from Lushoto to the royal village of Kwembago, where you learn about the culture and history of the Kilindi ruling clan. Proceed to Magamba rainforest, home to black and white colobus monkeys. Return via an old German Middle school , a German trench dug during the first World War and village of Magamba.

5. ‘Growing Rock’: The ‘Growing Rock’ tour starts at from Soni. Walk to the top of Kwamongo mountain, famous for its butterflies and enjoy views of Soni, Lushoto and the Handeni plains from the peak. Visit the villages of Shashui and Kwemula on the way. Descend to the village of Magila at the foot of the ‘Growing Rock’ to visit a soil conservation project and learn the mystery behind the rock.

6. Bangala river tour: From the village Mbuzi, go down the steep slopes to the Bangala river valley.Enroute see traditional irrigation systems and scenic views of the Maasai plains. On the way back, visit a local farm or tree nursery.
Several days tours

1. Western tours: From Lushoto, pass through tropical rain forests, trek the Mountains and walk through valleys to the villages of Luzoki, Manolo and Sunga before reaching the historical village of Mtae, Enroute, visit various development projects.

2. Mazumbai forest: Walk from Soni and pass through Kwamongo and Magila. Continue to the Bumbuli Mission- a historic German settlement- and the Mazumbai rainforest, a bird-watcher’s paradise. Return via villages of Mgwasi and Kwesine. New walking tours have been started .These include a walk to the viewpoint at Carter’s place , a hike up to Migambo peak, a 3-4 day walk to Mlalo, a session with a traditional healer and a visit to a mountainside village of potters. Customised tours can be organised.

Rungwe

Volcanic mountains, crater lakes, green hills and lush valleys with hurling rivers – Rungwe District, just south of Mbeya, is one of the loveliest areas of the country. When you are travelling in the south of Tanzania, or if you are on your way to Malawi or Zambia, Rungwe is not to be missed! Stay for a day or two and hike, relax and explore this unspoiled part of Tanzania.

The following is on offer:

Mount Rungwe: One of the highest mountains of Tanzania, Mount Rungwe (2,960m) dominates the area. This great volcano, active over the past million years, can be climbed on a full day hike. The climb takes you through tropical forest, upland scrub and rock terrain. You might even see the recently discovered monkey species, the Highland Mangabey.
Ngozi Crater Lake: Ngozi is another very old volcano that can be climbed. The centre of this volcano collapsed and has later been infilled by the Ngozi Crater lake. Climb to the top through dense bamboo forest and tropical vegetation. When you rich the rim, you will be rewarded with spectacular view of the lake, lying 200 metres below.
The Bridge of God: In the Kiwira valley, you can find a famous local attraction: the Bridge of God (Daraja la Mungu). A millions of years old rock forms a natural bridge that crosses the river. This bridge is only one of the attractions here. Just a few kilometers up the valley is the ‘cooking pot’ , where the Kiwira river falls into a seething cauldron or sump, and the Marasusa waterfalls.
Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi): Relax on the shores of Tanzania’s third largest lake at Matema beach in the neighbouring Kyela district. From the wide, sand beach of Matema you have a spectacular view of Lake Nyasa and the Livingstone Mountains. Swim, snorkel, canoe and ……relax!
Rungwe Tea & Tours: A cultural tourism program set up by the RSTGA, the local tea farmers association, offers you tours to these and other beautiful places. Scenic drives and beautiful hikes will make your stay in Rungwe a memorable one. To explore the area, the town of Tukuyu makes a great starting point. It offers accomodation of all standards

Matunda Cultural Tourism & Safaris Organisation

The Matunda Cultural Tourism and Safaris Organisation and the people of Ndombo-Mfulony – Nkoarisambu welcome you to the green slopes of Mt. Meru to witness the beautiful landscape, birdlife and the rich Meru culture.

The following is on offer:

1. A glimpse of Meru culture
2. A visit to the three waterfalls in the area
3. A visit to the lush tropical vegetation at the foot of Mt.Meru
4. An opportunity to learn about the traditional uses of local vegetation
5. A taste of locally grown and roasted coffee
6. A visit to the historical and archaeological sites in the vicinity
7. A view of the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru
8. A walk through Mt. Meru rainforest to enjoy and identify the endemic flora and fauna
and the spectacular birdlife
9. A traditional lunch with entertainment from local dancers
10. A post-lunch tour of the villages on mountain bikes to explore Meru’s tribal lifestyle
and a chance to interact with the locals
11. A walk through coffee and banana plantations cultivated locally in small patches of
land
12. A visit to a local brew factory to sample ‘mbege’ or banana beer
13. A visit to Peace Orphans and Children’s Centre to meet and talk to the children and
partake in their games and songs

Ganako karatu
Ganako-Karatu is situated on the way from Arusha to the National parks in northern Tanzania, just on the lower slopes of Ngorongoro highlands outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. Located on the way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti, it is an important resting place for most safari travellers.

A visit to Ganako-Karatu includes the following:
1. A walk through the Ngorongoro highland forest
2. A visit to coffee plantations to enjoy the pure taste of Arican coffee
3. A view into the culture of the Iraqw tribe in the villages surrounding Karatu
4. A visit to the colourful Iraqw market on the seventh day of each month
5. A visit to the historic and ritual sites (German Colonial Settlements)
6. A visit to a community development project that aims at improving the living conditions through income generating and environmental conservation
7. A lunch of traditional Tanzanian food and local processed drinks
8. A visit to Lake Eyasi to meet the Hadzabe Bushmen, people who are believed to have lived in the area for nearly 10,000 years
9. A stay with an Iraqw family to enjoy their food and their unique lifestyle

There are various tour options available:

Half day walking tours from Karatu

Walk through farmlands and forests on the lower slopes of the highlands ,and visit a local brick-making factory before proceeding to the Iraqw bomas, for more information and history.
Visit the elephant Cave and Waterfall. This hike is popular with bird watchers and those interested in the flora and fauna of this part of the Great Rift Valley.
Enjoy a delicious , home cooked meal prepared by a local woman. Over lunch, hear the history of the Rift Valley highlands settlement. Tour around Karatu town –starting from the centre, the tour takes you through the town to observe economic activities like local markets, shops, small industries, schools, dispensaries, churches, mosques, orphanages centres and environmental centres. See how local brew is made.

Full day hikes from Karatu

Snake hill tour: This trip includes a climb to the top of Mlima Nyoka (Snake Hill) which is abundant in birdlife, flora and small fauna. From the top of the hill, one can enjoy spectacular views, with lake Manyara on the eastern side and Lake Eyasi to the west . The walk back to Karatu passes through Lambo village to observe the daily social activities.

Oldean village tour: The guide will take you to Oldean village, a historic German settlement. Pass through Mama India Centre where you can observe different social project activities.

Rift Valley tour: During this hike of the Rift Valley, the guide will tell you fascinating stories and the t raditions of the residents. This walk takes you along the Rift Valley with panoramic views over the Selela plains and Lake Manyara. Descend to the Valley floor and return to meet with and talk to local fruit, cassava and sweet potato f armers about their irrigation scheme.

Lake Eyasi tour: Drive to visit the Hadzabe Bushmen who a re believed to have lived in the area for nearly 10,000 years. The Hadzabe are the las t of the hunter/gatherer tribes. You will be able to observe their daily lives and even joint he men in hunting.

Other tours: Extended village stays, camping and hiking inside the NCAA itself, ornithological, botanical and other specialised treks can be arranged on request. Bicycles can be hired for the day.

Karatu Iraqw

The group was established as Sandemu Iraqw Art and Culture Promoters in the year 2000 in Bashay village of Karatu district, Arusha region. This group has built a show centre to dispaly the traditional culture of the Iraqw people. The Iraqw is the main ethnic group living in Karatu and Mbulu districts. They also live in Babati and Hanang districts. Their objective is to compile for posterity, a record of the lifestyle, traditions, history and culture of the Iraqw people, and also to involve and benefit local people in cultural tourism, thereby disseminating information and knowledge of the ancient traditions to the world.
The following is offered:

* Walking tours in the villages, mountains and bush, organized according to the interests of t he visitors, and vary from
several hours to several hours to several days (Walking t ours can be extended to include the Hadzabe and
Datoga in Lake Eyasi)
* Visits to development projects – schools, dispensaries, hospitals, historical sites lik e German and British settlements,
coffee plantations, and graves in Oldeani on the rim of the Oldeani mountain and Ngorongoro Crater
* Traditional Iraqw meals – ugali (stiff porridge) with meat, vegetables, milk, fresh honey, kande (maize and beans) and
more
* Camping in rural and natural traditional environment or stays in Iraqw traditional houses
* Displays of traditional wares – weapons, garments, gourds, baskets, mats, clay posts and stone tools; some of the items are for sale and others are part of permanent collection.

Themi Valley Eco & Cultural Tourism
Stay at Themi Valley home and get an opportunity to share experiences of eco tourism in various aspects:

* Sting-less bee keeping

* Renewable energy initiatives with Biogas
* Benefits of indigineous plants in urban centres gearedto reduce household
poverty
* Tours to different interesting women’s programmes and activities related to environment conservation and economic activities such as food processing, preservation, organic farming, herbak pesticide, herbal soap(jatropha/neem tree),traditional bee-keeping,as well as zero grazing livestock keeping.

* Study walks to historic areas in the city of Arusha such as the NationalMuseum and Arusha Declaration Museum,and women’s local curio shops and markets.

* Homestay tour (2hours): The Themi Valley Homestay provides interesting cultural activities.The area has been conserved for over 20 years in promoting indigineous trees and shrubs used for various purposes including medicinal herbs,pesticide control,fruits,conservation,livestock folder,firewood,fresh air and means for bee-keeping.
Within the Homestay,there is an opportunity to learn and share views on technologies applicable in both urban and rural areas to reduce the consumption of firewood/charcoal,namely biogas improved stoves.It is a chance to share and learn zero grazing livestock keeping for improved milk production in order to promote nutrition and reduce poverty level within the household,in addition to producing natural manure for organic farming.

Facilities
The Homestay can accommodate ten visitors within the household compound either in the self-contained rooms or camping tents within the attractive, botanical garden.The area also has other options for accommodation ranging from three star hostels to hostels within walking distance.Traditional or foreign dishes are served on request.

2-day cultural tour to Umangu Women Environment Conservation Group-Arumeru.
* Umangu women Group is a model in cultural environment conservation in different respects-herbal farming, organic farming, improved stove-making, food processing and preservation and soap making. The earned profit is utilized to run a day care centre for the children in the area. Interested people can live within the group for a number of days or months.

Nambala Women Group tour: Women groups in Nambala have changed their livehood through conservation management by promoting organic farming, bee-keeping, traditional storage tanks, water tanks, stove-making and animal husbandry, including rabbit-rearing.

Kikatiti Environmental Conservation Group tour: DAKIKA(Dawa za kiasili Kikatiti)is composed of women and men members,with women gholding the majority of leadership positions.The group started as traders in selling local salt.Through transformation and innovation,they have grown in traditional production of pesticide control and herbal medicine.

Historic tour: On request,a tour can be organized to visit national parks,many cultural and historic areas in Arusha and other tourist regions such as Kilimanjaro,Manyara,Dar es Salaam,Mbeya,etc.

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