Babati and Hanang
Baabati district is located along the Arusha-
The highlights of a tour to the area are:
A special Barbaig cultural insight hikeexclusive Mount Hanang climbfishing adventure with local canoes on Lake Babati while viewing hipposchance to participate in local brick and pottery making and beer brewing visit to development projects like cattle and goat dairy farming piped water project bio-
There are various tour options:
Half day tour
You visit Managhat village, original home of the Gorowa tribe, to huts and optionally a Killer Bee-
One day tour
You walk to Manghat village and climb Bambaay Hill from where you see the 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 tribal 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. Mountain 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. Getting there: A regular bus service operates between Arusha and Babati starting at 7:30 am. It takes about 4 hours (2 hours by private car) to reach Babati centre.
(Income from tourist visits will be used to rehabilitate the primary school.)
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:
Morning Side tour, Walk through Towel and Ruvuma village to Morning Side an old German settlement. Walk back through scenic farmlands.
Visit Madola village to meet a traditional healer.
Drive through Mikuyuni centre to Usolo where you can enjoy walking, fishing and meeting the locals.
Nugutu traditional village tour
Participate in village life of the Lugulu people -
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 van 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.
Start from Morogoro and pass through lush farmlands before you go uphill to the second highest peak of the Ulugurus. Enjoy the waterfalls, rainforest endemic species of birds, insects and monkeys.
Swim and camp at the Hululu waterfall site.
Lukwangule Plateau tour
A panoramic view is on offer from the only plateau in the Ulugurus. There is the option of staying overnight with the villagers.
Maasai village tour
Stay overnight in a Maasai village with the colourful tribe and partake in their traditional meals and markets.
Take a tour of Morogoro town -
Kibwe waterfall tour
Walk to the seasonal Kibwe waterfall and view Morogoro town from the peaks of the Uluguru Mountains.
Feel the cool waters of a rock stream and take a dip. Or just camp beside it and refresh yourself. Getting there: Morogoro can be easily reached from Dar es Salaam. Buses are regularly available.
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 thousands people chose to develop and 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:
A guided visit to one of the oldest African irrigation systems visit to the Maasai cattle marketvisit to a Maasai Bomasafaris in an area of outstanding beauty 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 farming community. Enjoy enroute the colourful birds and butterflies, remnants of the German era and also visit an orpul or Maasai slaughter-
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 an 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 days tour
Hike to Oldoinyo Lengai
Conquer Oldonyo 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-
Getting there: From Arusha take a bus to Mto wa Mbu. In the late afternoon, 4*4 cars drive you down the 63 km to Engaruka. From Arusha to Engaruka takes roughly 4 hours.
(Income from tourist visits will be used to improve the local primary school and for conservation of the ruined city)
Situated on the coast, 15 km south of Dar es Salaam is Gazaulole village. Rich in history and scenic beauty, it is well worth a visit.
A tour of Gezaulole includes:glimpse of the history of an old Arab settlement with graves and mosques, and the first Ujamaa village look at village life, fishermen's life and handicrafts
Dhow trip to Sinda Island
A visit to the new nursery school dispensary and pottery unit
A coco palm tree climbing demonstration by a Kali Mata foundation woman
Historical tour and beach walk
Visit Mbwamaji, a historical village, and see a four centuries old mosque, and old Muslim graves. Watch the fisherman sailing in traditional boats and the women harvesting seaweed.
The guide will take you around to see the local handicrafts produced-
Cruise with local fishermen to the unspoiled island of Sinda. Observe the fishermen diving for fish. You can even assist them.
Rent a bicycle and explore the village on your own. A guided tour to neighboring villages is also possible. For those who want to experience a sunset and a night at Gazaulole accommodation can be arranged at Kali Mata Ki Jai guest house.
Getting there: Gazaulole is a 30 minute drive to the south of Dar es Salaam from the ferry at Kigamboni.
(Income from tourist visits will be used to support the development of local primary schools)
The village of Ilking`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-
The following is on offer:
A visit to a local traditionally built household to get an idea of how an extended family lives togetherwalk through coffee plantations and open fields where potatoes, cabbages, maize beans and other cash crops are cultivated by the villagersvisit to the traditional healer who is ready to answer all your questions and give advice if neededvisit to the craftsmen making small wooden stools, jewelers, knives and traditional clothing traditional meal prepared by the Mainyoito Women's Group at one of the householdsvisit to the primary school where money generated from tourism as Development Fees is used to rehabilitate the schoolpleasure 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-
Half day tour
This includes a visit to Sembeos Boma where you get a glimpse of village life.
Thereon, walk through fields of crops, visit a traditional heater head to the Njeche canyon and end with a traditional meal at the Mainuotto Women's Group.
Full day tour
This includes a trail through the fields a 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. Gross 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 likurot 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.
Getting there: Ilkiding`a village lies 7 km north of Arusha town a 20-
(Income from tourist visits will be used to improve the primary school.)
Ilkurot is situated about 20 km west of Arusha town.
The following is on offer under this programmed:
A visit to a Maasai boma to see the traditional houses and lifestyle of the Maasai
A visit to a Maasai holy tree where the Maasai offer sacrifices as part of rituals
A traditional Maasai meal prepared by Maasai ladies
Delicacies include nyama choma or barbequed meat green vegetables, herbal tea coffee, fresh milk cassava sweet potato, bread, eggs and fruits.
Watch Maasai dances, groups of artisans and their handicrafts, traditional healers and bee-
Visit to the Kilimamoto crater, Ngorora hill, waterfalls, valleys and Mt. Meru.
Getting familiar with Swahili and Maasai terminology
Talks with local society members
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.
(Note: those wishing to stay overnight need to bring or hire camping equipment.)
Getting there: From Arusha there are several public buses to Ngaramtoni. From there take another bus to Oldonyo Sambu; on the way get off at Sitau and look out for the Ilkurot signboard.
(Income from tourist visits will be used to support the Ilkurot community and the preservation of the Maasai culture.)
Visit the Kisangara cultural Tourism site 62 km south-
The following activities are on offer:
A visit to workshops involved in carpentry brick-
Half and full day tours can be organized to suit your passion:
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-
2. Lembeni Herbal Hospital tour
Talk to doctors and patients and learn about the various herbal medicines used to treat different diseases.
Full day tours
1. Kindoroko Mountains tour
This hike starts from the Center 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 ya Mungu
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 birdlife.
Getting there: Kisangara is easily accessible by public transport from Arusha and Dar es Salaam. Get dropped off at Kisangara Chini, 12 km south of Mwanga. From here, ask for the people of the Hasha Project
(Income from tourist visits will be used to make primary school desks and thereby improve the quality of education of the local children.)
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.
The tour includes:
A nature trail to spot birds climb to the impressive Longido Mountain through a dense natural forestsafari through the Maasai plains and over the slopes of Longido Mountain visit to a traditional Maasai village tour of historical sites dating back to British colonial times
Half day tour
Longido is rich in birdlife. Some of the birds seen in this area are 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 Ol Tepesi allows you to see birds as well as trees and plants use 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 Ol Tepesi to Kimolouwa along a cattle trail. Gradually climb to an altitude of 1,600 m to get panoramic views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Descend to Kimolouwas green valley of wells and a nearby historic British grave. On Wednesdays, you can extend your stay by visiting the bustling and colorful cattle market.
Longido Mountain Climb
Walk to the campsite of Kimokouwa and go for the full day tour.
Early next morning follow narrow foot paths through sense natural forests for three hours to reach the beautiful dawa ya sop or medicine soup viewpoint. Another two 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.
Fishing with a meal with the FARAJA women's group.
Getting there: Longido is on the way to Nairobi. Buses or shared taxis going to Namanga from the Arusha bus stand take 11/2 hours to reach Longido Police Station. Follow the path from here to the co-
Machame to the north of the Arusha -
The tour includes the following:
A warm welcome in a local Chagga household
Hikes through dense natural forests and farms for acclimatization along fast flowing streams before climbing the mountain
Three different views of snow-
A visit to several development projects in the area (coffee production, traditional irrigation, a forestation, cross-
There are various tours designed by the p0rople of Machame:
The tour starts from the Machame Cultural Tourism Centre (Kyalia) and takes you through Kalali market to Masama. Seiny catchments forest 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 Gods Bridge.
Nronga tour (5 hours)
Walk uphill from Kyalia to Nronga village. Visit the milk purification center run by women and the Kalali women's group specializing in cheese-
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-
Mfuranungun view point (6-
Ng`uni hike (2 days)
Lyamungo tour (2-
(Note: Tours can be undertaken on foot but transport can be organized on request.)
Getting there: Machame is to the north of the Arusha-
Mamba and Marangu
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.
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 climb of Kilimanjaro in 1889 and read the original log books of Lauwo.
Customised half day, full day or two day walking safaris can be organized. These tours include the Kinukamori and Moonjo falls and a visit to a Chagga house made of straw-
Mamba is a paradise for bird-
Getting there: there are frequent buses from Moshi towards Marangu. The ride from Moshi takes about 45 minutes. Mamba is about 3 km from Marangu.
Mbeya lies about 872 km south-
A visit to the region includes:
A visit to the Ngozi Crater Lake
A view into the traditional culture of the people of Mbeya
Climbs to different mountain peaks in the area overlooking the East African Rift Valley
Visit to the Mbozi Meteorite stone and the Natural Bridge at Kiwira
Different tours are on offer:
Climb of Mbeya peak
Reaching the Mbeya peak (2,826 m) us 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 2,960 km 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.
The 130 km drive from Mbeya to Matema beach is among the most scenic in Tanzania. A winding road passes through high mountain 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 specialize in pottery and to the mouth of the river to sot hippos and crocodiles. It is also possible to organized hikes to the Livingstone Mountains.
Mbozi meteorite and sisi farm
40 km south-
A lot of 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.
Getting there: There are daily buses leaving from Ubungo bus stand in Dar es Salaam that take about 10 hour to reach. Train services are available from TAZARA.
Situated on the north side of Mount Meru not far from the irrigated fields of Ngarenanyuki and the Momela gate of Arusha National Park, Mkuru 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.
Since the introduction of camels in Tanzania since the early 90s, Mkuru has become a centre for camel promotion with over a hundred camels in the camel camp.
A visit to Mkuru includes:visit to the camel camp at the foot of Mount Meruthorough explanation of the way camels are kept in the semi-
Different tours are on offer:
Camel camp experience
At the camel camp walks between the camels and watch their ways. At night relax by a campfire under the stars and listen to the sounds of the plains. In the morning you can see the Maasai milking the camels and you may enjoy a cup of fresh camel milk.
From the camel camp take a camel ride through the plains. Guided by Maasai warriors, view game and birds in the area. Mt. Meru, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the Longido Mountain add to the beauty of the scenery.
Camel safaris for more days can be arranged with tour operators. Starting from the camp, safaris can be made to Kilimanjaro, Longido Mountain and Lake Natron. A two day tour of Mt. Kilimanjaro passing through the wildlife corridor between Amboseli National Park and Tarangire and Arusha National Park can be organized. A three day safari takes you to Longido Mountain while a four day safari is enough time to make it to the mountain of Kitumbeine. For the more adventurous a seven day safari an be organized via the mountains of Kitumbeine and Ol Doinyo Lengai to the shores of Lake Natron. During camel safaris about 20 km are covered before lunchtime after which you can relax and explore the are around the camp.
Bird watching is an interesting option, with Maasai guides to identify the species found in the semi-
Climbing Ol Doinyo Landaree
It takes about 2 hours to reach the summit and an hour and a half to descend. From the top you can enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Meru and the Maasai plain.
Around Meru adventure safari
This includes a walking safari through the natural forests on the slopes of Mt. Meru and a game drive around the Momela Lakes. On the first day leave Arusha and take an afternoon game drive around Momela Lakes. Spend the night at Momela Lodge. Next morning walk through the natural forests on the slopes of Mount Meru. In the afternoon proceed to the Mkuru camel camp. The next day enjoy a camel ride and return late afternoon via the west side of Mount Meru to Arusha.
Getting there: To get to Mkuru by public transport from Arusha first go to the USA River to change the bus to Ngarenanyuki village, which is 5 km past Arusha National Park. From the village the camel camp is a 5 km walk.
Monduli Juu situated 50 km north west of Arusha is a cluster of four small villages -
The following is on offer to visitors:
A picturesque journey through the evergreen rain forest
A medicine tour of plants and herbs which includes a visit to a traditional Maasai herbs doctor
A visit to Naramatu -
A chance to have a nyama choma or roast meat meal with the Maasai
Panoramic views of the Rift valley Oldonyo Lengai and Lake Natron
An insight into the culture of the Maasai and Waarusha
There are tours available for half day full day and two/three/four days:
Half day tours
1. The Kona Saba escarpment climb
The tour starts at Mfereji village and includes a visit to a Maasai boma a walk through tree savanna to 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
Medicine 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
Visit the Esserian Maasai camp and Sominen dam site a Maasai boma and orpul -
Three day tour
On the first day visits the Esserian Maasai Camp and Sominen dam site. Next day walk through Oliyamei 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 Lona saba escarpment. On the second day go to Mfereji and a Maasai boma. On the third visit the primary school dispensary and Monduli forest in Enguiki villager. On the last day visit Emairete village to see the ex-
Customised tours can be organized.
Getting there: From Arusha bus stand there are buses going to Monduli Juu. The duration from Arusha to Monduli Juu is about 11/2 hours.
Mto wa Mbu
Mto wa Mbu is situated on the way form Arusha to the national park in northern Tanzania just at the foot of the Rift valley. Located on the way to Ngorongoro and Serengeti it is an ideal resting place for most safari travelers.
A visit to Mto wa Mbu includes:walk through the farms in the green oasis at the foot to the Rift Valleyclimb to Balaa Hill from where you can see the whole townview into the culture of the many different tribes living in the area trip to the Miwaleni Lake and waterfall to development projects that aim at improving agriculture and start income generating activities for the farmersabout the irrigation system
Different tours are an offer:
Walk through lush green farms of frits and vegetables and see the irrigation system used. Visit local banana beer producing Chagga families and Mzee Filipos oil press before ending the tour in fields carpeted with sunflowers.
Papyrus Lake tour
Walk past little streams as you go towards the Papyrus Lake. On the way see rice farming and visit Sandawe families who make traditions bows and arrows for hunting. A climb to the waterfall at the Rift Valley may be included in the tour.
Balaa Hill tour
Go through banana plantations where 30 varieties of bananas are grown as you head for Balaa Hill. Climb Balaa Hill to enjoy a panoramic view of Mto wa Mbu. You may extend the walk to the Njoro Springs and a nearby waterfall.
One day walk
You may combine the above three half day tours into a one day walk. Starting from the Mto wa Mbu Market, you go via the farm of ACT to the Papyrus Lake. On your way back, your walk along the foot of the Rift Valley passing the Njoro Springs and Balaa Hill.
A popular option is to see the place on bicycle or taking a boat tour with the guides. Getting there: From Arusha several buses go to Mto wa Mbu. Duration to reach is 3 hours by bus and 2 hours by car.
The Mulala village is a typical rural setting on the southern slopes of Mt. Meru and surrounded by spectacular scenery. It lies 1,600 -
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-
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 a simple traditional meal. Guided tours criss-
Agape Women Traditional Activities tour (1 to 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-
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 (2 hours)
Enjoy the scenic Mairsha 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 may continue to the Ziwa la Mzungu (Whiteman's lake) to see a big colony of fruit bats.
Lameka Hills tour (2 hours)
Getting there: Mulala is 30 km from Arusha. There are daily buses going towards Moshi. Get off before USA River board a bus to Ngani Co-
Ngiresi is situated 7 km out of Arusha on the slopes of Mt Meru. It is inhabited by farmers of the Wa-
The villagers of Ngiresi 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 -
A climb to Kivesi Hill an old volcano with a natural forest on the top
A glimpse of the Wa-
A walk to Songoto and Navutu waterfalls
A delicious lunch and dinner prepared by the Juhudi Women's Group
Different tours have been organized. Visitors can choose between half and full day tours:
Half day tours
1. Village tour
Visit Mzee Liti`s farm for a coffee and tea and get an explanation on bio-
2. Songota waterfall
The tour starts from Kwangulelo bus stop. A 45-
Full day tours
1. Navuru waterfall and village tour
From Mzee Lotis farm do the half day tour 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 be 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.
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 or Mt. Meru collecting hers 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.
Getting there: Tours to Ngiresi can be organized through Tanzania Tourist Board in Dar es Salaam or TTB Information Centre in Arusha or through local tour operators.
Northern Pare Mountains
The Northern Pare Mountains are situated 50 kms south-
On offer is the following:
A walk through Kindoroko forest reserve a natural rainforest atop the mountains. Climbs to different mountain peak for excellent views of Kilimanjaro Lake Jipe and Nyumba ya Mungu. A visit to historical relics from the time of tribal war and colonial rule. A glimpse of Pare culture. A view of the various projects -
Tours from Usangi:
Half day tour
Mangatu view tour
Walk through farms on the lower parts of the slopes and climb to Mangatu moorland (1600 m). On the top is the Mbale clan forest 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 it is home to blue monkeys and many seasonal tropical birds. See stone terraces and modern irrigation systems, and visit a traditional healer and a women's pottery co-
2. Kamwala mountain climb
Learn about the past and local traditions as you climb through the Chegho moorland. On the way to the top of the Kamwala mountain 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. Others tours. Walk tours of several days can be organized. Hike though natural forests 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 form the time of tribal wars and colonial rule.
From Ugweno other trips can be organized. Hike to smaller mountains visits to ancient tunnels and a waterfall. Lake Jipe is a 11/2 hour walk; once there you can canoe to spot hippos and crocodiles.
Getting there: From Dar, buses go to Arusha. Get off at Mwanga and take a bus to Usangi the centre of the Northern Pare Mountains a 11/2 hour drive from Mwanga.
Oldonyo Sambu is located 36 km north-
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. Visits 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.
There are various tour options available:
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-
2. Start by hiking up the Meru 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 tours
1. Hike up the Oldonyo -
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.
Getting there: Drive down the Nairobi road to the Oldonyo Sambu Market. On arrival you will see the signs leading to the office.
Osotwa Cultural Tours Initiatives
Osotwa is situated 1.9 km off the Arusha -
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 monkey's white and black colobus monkeys and birds. Climb the 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 office.
2. Start from the Osotwa office and pass the primary and secondary schools. Enjoy the scenic plateau land covered with banana plantations and coffee farms. Walk through the villages and learn about the Selian and Ngarenaro rivers and a unique strangler tree. Visit a traditional healer, and bead and handicraft makers.
Full day tours
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 and other handicrafts.
Getting there: There are buses from Arusha to Ngaramtoni bus stand or travel by private transport up to the same junction. There you will be met by the eco-
Pangani situated about 50 km south of Tanga in the north -
The following is on offer:
Walk through Pangani town and see historical buildings
Visit a former slave labor camp and slave market site
Take a river cruise through the vast coconut plantations
Fish with local fisherman
A number of tours have been designed for the visitor to experience the natural beauty and historical culture of Pangani:
Historical walking tour
This leads you through numerous historical monuments. The tour starts from one of these -
Coconut sunset cruise
Coconut farming is a major activity in Pangani. Witness the labour intensive process of farming before taking a cruise down the Pangani river. Go along stunning scenery of never-
Agricultural and nature walk
This tour allows the visitor to experience both the beautiful scenery and culture of Pangani. Guides will lead you to agricultural Projects in the area a coconut processing unit at Kikokwe and a German fort facing the Pemba Channel. Visit sisal estates and factories after which walk along the coastline to a unique coral shore. During the tour visit the home of a local family for traditional coastal cuisine.
Pangani allows plenty of opportunities for activities like sport fishing swimming snorkeling and cycling. Excursions to spot dolphins at Maziwe Island and visit to beaches and game reserves hippo pools and nests of green turtles can be organized.
Getting there: Pangani can be reached via Muheza (44 km) or Tanga (53 km). There are several daily buses departing from Tanga to Pangani and take about 2 hours.
Volcanic mountains crater lakes green hills and lush valleys with hurling rivers -
The following is on offer:
One of the highest mountains of Tanzania Mount Rungwe (2,960 m) 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 million year old volcano that can be climbed. The centre of this volcano collapses and has later been in filled by the Ngozi Crater Lake. Climb to the top through dense bamboo forest and tropical vegetation. When you reach the rim you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the lake lying 200 meters 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 third largest lake at Matema beach in the neighboring Kyela district. From the wide sandy beach of Matema you have a spectacular view of Lake Nyasa and the Livingstone Mountains. Swim snorkel canoe and relax!
Rungwe tea & tour 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 accommodation of all standards.
Getting there: There are daily buses from Dar es Salaam to Tukuyu that take 12 hours to reach Once there ask for the offices of Rungwe tea & Tours.
Southern Pare Mountains
Walk along steep slopes through sense tropical forests and the 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:
A trip to the hilltop Ranzi Dam and Tona grounds to get glimpses of German history unique flora and fauna
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
A view of Shengena Peak, the highest point of the Eastern Arc Mountains
A view into Pare culture
Different tours are on offer:
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 viewpoint, see Mt. Kilimanjaro and the expanse of the Mkozi Game Reserve. A cross on the hilltop symbolizes a peacefully union between to Tona the Protestants and Roman Catholics of the area.
One day tours
1. Tona Moorland -
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 beside a natural spring.
2. Heiganda Duma viewpoint
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 Dumez viewpoint.
3. Ikongwe village tour
From Tona Lodge walk along mountain terraces and waterfalls. The area abounds in tropic fruits. On the way back stop by Mpepera viewpoint.
4. Red Reservoir tour
This is an excellent picnic and bird-
3 day hike
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.
Continue your ascent to the edge of Shengena Forest where you can camp under the stars.
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.
Getting there: Mbaga Hills are about 150 km from Moshi. Buses are available from Dar es Salaam up to Same. At the bus stand directions can be obtained about public transport to reach Mbaga Hills.
In close proximity to the picturesque slopes of Mt. Meru. Tengeru is 13 km from Arusha -
The following is on offer:
A glimpse of Meru culture
As visit to local farms owned and managed by members of the Patandi Women's Group.
A guided tour to the legendary Chiefs compound to see his handicrafts and artifacts followed by a hiking tour up[ Mt. Meru.
A visit to families with disabled children in the village to exchange and share experiences
Interaction with specific women's /youth village groups to exchange ideas on family planning and HIV/AIDS
An introduction to Village Environmental Conservation Initiative (VECI)
Attending the church service on Sunday
A taste of locally prepared coffee and learn about the bio-
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-
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, bird's 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-
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.
Getting there: From Arusha, minibuses are available. Go past Tengeru Shopping Centre, get off at Sangs and ask for the Tengeru Camp Site.
The Usambara Mountains situated in the north-
The following is on offer:
A visit to panoramic viewpoints from the mountainside
A visit to several development projects in the district -
A climb to Kwa Mongo, the mountain home to beautiful butterflies.
Walks through dense natural forests and along small rivers that race downhill.
A glimpse of the history and daily life of the Wasambara farmers
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 a 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
Hike up to the fertile farmlands of Jaegertal to a fruit tree nursery and learn about different varieties of fruit trees and their 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 the 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 the village of Magamba.
5. Growing Rock
The Growing Rock tour starts 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 myserybehind the rock.
6. Bangala river tour
From the village of 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 Usambaras
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 -
New walking tours have been started. These include a walk to the viewpoint at Carters place, a hike up to Migambo peak, a 3-
Getting there: Lushoto is half way between Dar and Arusha and can be reached by bus in 6 hours.
We will take you to Swahili culture in the coast of East Africa on the shore of Indian Ocean in
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You will also exposed into Maasai Culture in Maasai land in Arusha to the Hadzaber the bushmen in Lake Eyasi
and much more to explore and discover