The following is on offer:

  • A visit to a local traditionally built household to get an idea of how an extended family lives together
  • Traditional dancing: We can bring the dance to you or you can bring the people to the dance.
  •  A walk through coffee plantations and open fields where potatoes, cabbages, maize, beans and other cash crops are cultivated by the villagers.
  • A visit to a traditional healer, who is ready to answer all your questions and give advice if needed a visit to the craftsmen prepared by the Mainyoito Women’s Group at one of the households
  • A visit to the primary school where money generated from tourism as Development Fees is used to rehabilitate the school
  •  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 the Njeche Canyon and end with a traditional meal at the Mainyoito 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.

Three-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

Getting there:

Ilkiding’a village lies 7 km north of Arusha town, a 20-minute drive. At Mianzini junction, cars can be hired. Walking is also possible but it will take you two hours to reach the starting point of the tour. (Income from tourist visits will be used to improve the primary school.)

A short distance from the picturesque slopes of Mount Meru, at 4566 m Tanzania’s second-highest peak, lies Tengeru, which is located 13 km from the town of Arusha on the road to Moshi and Dar es Salaam. It is the perfect base for exploring the cultural attractions of the rich heritage of the Meru people

Coffee Tour

Enjoy a cup of homemade coffee with our people.

Take a walk through Tengeru’s coffee plantations and visit a local home, where you can learn all about preparing coffee. At the end of the tour you can sip a cup of delicious coffee that has been harvested by the Meru community on the volcanic foothills of Mount Meru, where vast farms are maintained.

Lake Duluti Tour (take a safari around Lake Duluti)

This tour will give you an up-close view of Tengeru’s vegetation and you will able to admire the abundant lakeside fauna and flora. You can learn about the Meru legends linked to the lake and its mysteries while getting a front-row viewing of the monkeys, birds, reptiles and many other animals whilst learning about our plant life. We also offer canoeing trips to help you get a better understanding of this magical place steeped in tradition.

Market Tour

Sample Tengeru’s colourful market!

A walk through the community’s market will give you a good idea of how our people live, what we eat and how we interact. On Wednesdays and Saturdays you can experience our village’s busiest days.

Graveyard of the First Missionaries

Walk through the present to learn about the past!

A hike through the mountains up to the graveyard of the first missionaries to discover where Christianity became established in the community. Wander through the village to learn about Meru’s history and traditions and about their life today.

Environmental Tree Planting Project

Get involved in Tengeru’s conservation programme and help the environment. Stroll through Tengeru’s beautiful vegetation and help local people plant trees to restore the environment, which is one of Tengeru’s principal attractions as well as being our source of survival. Deforestation is, however, threatening the community and its ecology. You can be a part in our conservation programme.

Waterfalls Tour

Enjoy nature on a walk through the Mangalia Falls.

Tengeru is famous for its beautiful environment. Join us for a half-day or full-day safari up to the falls and relax in the marvels of nature.

Mount Meru Forest Tour

Walk through the forests of Tanzania’s second-highest mountain.

This one-day tour will take you through the beautiful forests of Mount Meru. Take the time to unwind and enjoy nature at its most magnificent in one the country’s major attributes. It is also a good place to start acclimatising for the Mount Kilimanjaro ascent by climbing to a nearby waterfall.

Mringaringa Tour

Allow yourself to be fascinated by local stories at a traditional meeting place called the Mringaringa in local dialect. Here you can listen to and be amused by the thrilling accounts of the Meru culture and watch traditional dancing. This meeting place is also used for the settlement of disputes within the community with the Meru elders presiding.

Primary Schools Tour

See how local primary schools are run.

Take a walk through the village and get to know the local children by visiting their schools and seeing where they study. Our children will give you much to remember fondly when you return home. You can visit any of the three primary schools, including the one which caters for children with disabilities that range from blindness to autism. Meet the children and join in their activities.

Local Food Preparation and Traditional Dances

Learn the fine art of cooking with a local family and be introduced to a range of dishes that are the favourites of the local people. Traditional dances are lots of fun and the music is guaranteed to soothe your mind and body.

Also: Visit the flower farms, orphanage centres, biogas project and women’s projects.

Oldonyo Sambu is located 36 km northwest 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
  •  Horse, camel and donkey rides across Maasai country

Half-day tours

  • 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.
  • Start by hiking up the Mareu Hill to view Mt. Kilimanjato, Mt. Meru, Longido, Kitumbeine and Monduli. Rest in a Maasai boma before heading to meet a traditional healer.

Full-day tours

  • 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 beekeeping.
  • 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 organized to include a visit to 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.

Getting there

Drive down the Nairobi road to the Oldonyo Sambu Market. On arrival, you will see the signs leading to the office. (Income from the tourist visit will be used to improve the primary school and health centre in Oldonyo sambu).

Mto wa Mbu is situated on the way from Arusha to the national parks 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 travellers.

A visit to Mto Wa Mbu includes:

  • A walk thought the farms in the green oasis at the foot of the Rift Valley
  • A climb to Balaa Hill from where you can see the whole town
  • A view into the culture of the many different tribes living in the area
  • A trip to the Miwaleni Lake and waterfall
  • Visit to development projects that aim at improving agriculture and start income generating activities for the farmers
  • Explanation about the irrigation system

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 – 4 hours)

Visit a Maasai boma and see the lifestyle of this legendary tribe upclose. 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 hours)

Hundreds of Maasai gather each Thursday afternoon at the busting Maasai market, where visitors have the chance to see their crafts and taste their food, including the famous Maasai barbecue. A larger, village-wide market occurs on the 22nd of each month.

Village walks (2-4 hours)

Get an inside look at the homes and exquisite craft 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 in Africa.

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 Africa’s most majestic lake and get an amazing opportunity to view wildlife like zebras, giraffes, hippos and buffaloes at close range in this corridor of migration between the national parks.

Lunch at Mama’s (1-2 hours)

Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mom’s home. Over lunch, the guide will provide a history of the region and the many local tribes

Tanga Cultural Tourism Enterprise

Tanga cultural tourism initiative is located in the Tanga region, 440 km from Arusha, 354 km from Dar es Salaam. It lies between Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar on the northeastern coast of mainland Tanzania.

The following tours are on offer:

  •  Amboni caves tour
  • Tongoni ruins
  • Toten Island tour
  • Hot sulphur springs
  • Yambe Island tour
  • Ulenge Island tour
  • Sand Bank Island tour
  • Swahili coast traditional dances
  • Visiting traditional healers
  • Fishing with local fishermen

Amboni caves tour (2.5 hours)

Amboni guided tour starts from Tanga City centre through various historical buildings then to Kiomoni village. You will get to know how local brew is prepared as you pass through a number of local clubs and get to know the lime making process as well. Outside the caves enjoy a natural forest around and welcoming sounds of monkeys and birds. Your guide will take you through various compartments/rooms used for different purposes and enjoy the Cave’s natural beauty while listening to well narrated stories about the caves. Amboni caves are 8 kms from the Tanga city centre. Visitors can opt to explore the caves by a rented tax (2 hours tour), use a bicycle (3 hours tour) or use public transport and then walk for 20 minutes to the caves from public road (5 hours).

Toten Island tour (3hours)

On your dhow or engine boat, sail to Toten Island to meet the fishing villagers and explore a coastal forest dominated by huge and majestic Baobabs. Listen to hundreds of tales and myths surrounding the Baobab trees and the island. Proceed to the Portuguese ruins which are remains of what used to be a prison in the 15th century. Explore the great places where at different colonial times British and Germans lived.

Hot sulphur springs tour (1.5 hours)

A cycling tour to gallanos sulphuruos hot spring which the local people used to bath for skin healing, while crossing local farms of various types like coconut groves and vegetable gardens, and learn the process of planting to harvesting of the crops.

Yambe Island tour (6 hours)

Explore old German ruins which were used as quarantine in 19th century on a half day sailing tour to Yambe Island. Come and meet local inhabitants in this area and learn more about their cultures.

Tongoni ruins tour (2 hours)

Tongoni ruins are one of the most famous ruins in the history of Shirazi people who once lived on the Indian Ocean coast of East Africa. As the old buildings speak, this is one of the first Shiraz settlements with everything that can depict their culture, including old graves waiting for you to explore. Beyond the ruins, take a fishing village cultural walk. This will give you an opportunity to meet descendants of those who lived in the ruins.

Ndumi village tour (3 hours)

The tour will take you along the Coast of Indian Ocean to explore old buildings, collections of relic such as coins, beads and shards of pottery at Ndumi dating from the 14th century.

Ulenge Island tour by boat (half day)

Visitors will explore the German building which was use as and administration block by the Germans during the colonial period, German graves and hospital.

Sand bank tour (full day)

Tour starts from Raskazoni, passing by the fish market where you will see how the fishermen trade the fish business and identify different species of fish. Proceed for your water sports activities (diving, snorkeling and boat rides).

Traditional dance (4-5 hours)

A group of women known as TWAN perform traditional dances to give you an insight into their traditional dance and songs. You will participate in various Swahili dances, elaborating events such as marriage ceremony.

Traditional healer

Get an insight into how African traditional healers do their work. Your guide will explain various things about the healing process, medicines and different diseases cured.

Sisal farm tour (3 hours)

Get an insight into sisal production by visiting the sisal plantation. Learn the whole process from how sisal is grown to the final stage of making sisal ropes locally and other modern factory processing. Then proceed to local salt mining farms just beyond the sisal plantations.

Fishing with local fishermen (6 hours)

You will participate in fishing with local fishermen using locally available materials. Your catch of the day that will be prepared as part of your meal and the rest will be sold at the fish market. Learn how to negotiate when selling fish after a long hard work in the Indian Ocean.

Where to stay

A wide range of guest houses, hotels and lodges is available in and around the town of Tanga. Campgrounds are available in various places depending on the nature of your tour around the region. Camping facilities and mountain bikes can be hired in Tanga town at a very reasonable price. The tourist information office or tour guides can make arrangements for homestays and overnights in local guest houses when staying or making hikes of several days in Tanga.