will give you the best opportunity to meet with Masai families and learn their culture from a local life setting. This itinerary has much more to offer you please read more below:
Arrive in Arusha City at the Hotel- Dinner and Overnight.
City Sightseeing Tour Visiting local marketing, ex-colonial government Buildings, African Artistic Carvings and Works, Maasai Traditional Weapons and many areas around the city of cultural Interest.
Proceed with City Sightseeing including National Natural History Museum, Arusha declaration monument Museum and so many things of cultural interests. Continue with trip to Meserani Snake Park, 25kms away from Arusha City. Here you will see more than 50 species of snakes including most poisonous and Dangerous snake of Africa. The African Black Mamba at display of window Glass. Drive back to Arusha, Dinner and overnight at the Hotel
Visit Masai Bomas at the Ilboru area. In the Maasai Bomas you can learn their culture and tradition, take a rest at impressive viewpoint overlooking Arusha Town. While at going around there, they can study about trees, flowers, birds and stories of the area. After lunch start driving to Engosheraton Zoological Gardens. Thereafter, drive back to the Hotel
Drive to Kwangulelo Commuter bus station, Start a Tour to the Waterfalls Forest, in the forest observe trees, flowers, birds, Monkeys like Columbus Monkey and blue monkey also caves. See hills and so on. After lunch visit Lake Duluti, this is among the Crater lakes, go around and continue with Bird Watching.
Proceed with Cultural Tourism and interact with Local People of Maasai and Meru. Also you will find the women group who make cheese, banana Wine and other local products, observe how they cultivate crops like banana, maize, coffee, beans.
Visit to an African Traditional Herbalist. Get to hear him narrate to you how his father passed over to him the skill and talent owned by a few Surviving herbal monsters. Different sample Concoctions are available and you can have a taste. Get Lunch, after lunch proceeds to a local Primary school. Drive back to Arusha at the Hotel
Visit Shimbumbu Hill Natural Expedition, You will walk across a portion of a Village from where you will comfortably merge with the locals as they move up and down in their daily chores. Walk through banana and coffee. Wind to the top of Shimbumbu Hill and visit Msese caves. It’s not all crawling inside the cave; you can stand, walk between volcanic Rocks and take photographs.
Visit River Malala Eco Tour, river Malala runs down hundreds of meters from the majestic Mt. Meru. It cuts through the villages and its crystal clear water forms an home of simple water species. To the nature lovers walking besides the river banks and naming the birds, Flowers, Monkeys, and giant trees that have remained untouched over the years will be an experience to remember. Also Visit Banana, Coffee plantations and walk around Village paths.
This Days visit Kimundo Select excursion: hear tales of African Chiefs, Visit African Chiefdom. Few meters from his palace is Khum Springs, our guide will take you there, hear how local meteorologists were able to forecast the weather using Traditional indicators. In the following day as you leave from The Mangis domain, visit roadside Mangalia waterfalls after which you can pay tribute at the grave yard of two young Missionaries martyred in their earliest days of crusading Christianity.
Free at the Hotel either pool side or any of the restaurant.
Tour to Engaruka to observe how Tanzania most preserved culture, norms and values are practiced in Maasai community in 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.
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. 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.
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 colorful birds and show you trees and plants that the Maasai use for making food and medicines. 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.
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.
: Morning walking with a guide from arusha Town to Ngiresi cultural tour in the half day visit you will be welcomed with coffee and tea with people gives explanation about the biogas, crossbreeding and soil conservation projects on the farm. Next, you make a walk to some nearby bomas, where you can see the various styles of traditional Maasai and Wa-arusha houses. From there you start climbing Lekimana hill, from where you have a beautiful view over Arusha town and the surrounding Maasai plains. With clear weather Kilimanjaro is visible. You descend Lekimana hill on the other side, so that you can visit Ng’iresi primary school. Back to arusha.
: Drive to Moshi town at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro outside the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park lies the beautiful town of Marangu. Here, locals have planned various walking tours through valleys and numerous waterfalls depicting mountain village life. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kilimanjaro in the background without bearing freezing cold temperatures or exerting five days of physical strain. Walking tours through Marangu, breathtaking scenery as its sister city as it also offers walks through numerous waterfalls including the beautiful Kinukamori, Moongo and Mteshani Falls. Learn more about the Chaga culture by visiting a traditional Chaga house made of straw roofing. See the first coffee tree planted in Tanzania by an Irish missionary 100 years ago. On clear days the snow of Kibo Peak is so close, the plains so wide and the Pare Mountains to grab.
You walk to Managhat village (see above) and climb Bambaay Hill from where you see the beautiful Rift Valley landscape with Lake Babati and Lake Manyara. The Rift Valley Escarpment in the background and the Masaai Steppe at the east. Later you visit a respected Gorowa tribesmans, at his home. He will tell you about Gorowa culture, marriage, rain prayers, burial, religious and circumcision rituals. Optionally one can row, fish and view hippos on Lake Babati, using local canoes.
This tour begins with a 70 km bus ride from Babati to Katesh. Lunch in a local hotel. From here you start a 16 km bush walk towards the Mangati plains. In Dirma, a Barbaig nomad village, you will be warmly welcomed at Barbai’s Boma. In no time you will see Barbaig women and men coming to see their new guests. Our Barbaig guide will help to translate where only Barbaig language is spoken. Seated on three legged stools you have dinner prepared by the women. In the huts a bed with a skin only is waiting for you.
: A relaxed day where the visitor can mix freely with people and gain the cultural insights from men and women, taking pictures together and knowing more about procedures of marriage, burial of elderly men, religious rituals, local taboos etc. Have a look at how they make the goatskin gowns and the ornaments, how they prepare the famous honey brew called Gisuda. One can try to herd cattle or fetch water the Barbaig way. The only school and dispensary can be visited where you can talk with teachers and nurses. Then drive back to Mkulu overnight at the camel camp.
From the camel camp you can undertake a camel ride of several hours through the plains around Mkuru. On the back of the camel and guided by Maasai warriors, you can perfectly oversee the area and have good chances to view game and special birds. Guided by Maasai warriors you can walk through the acacia woodland around the camel camp in Mkuru. With their sharp eyes, the warriors notice every movement and will show you many special birds that live in this semi arid area. If you are lucky, you can also see some game running away. It is advised that you bring a pair of binoculars if interested in this option.