Olpopongi Maasai Village
Olpopongi Village is a Maasai Village between Arusha and Moshi. On arriving you will be welcomed by a Maasai who will guide you first through the Maasai Museum with an uncomparable collection of ancient Maasai items.
After the past start to discover the present life of the Maasai people. Get a guided tour through the village, talk to the women and men about their everyday life. If you like accompany the Maasai warriors to graze the cattle and get to know their hunting methods.
You can choose between 3 options:
Option 1: Day Tour
Visit the Maasai Village, get a traditional Maasai lunch, get a guided tour through the Museum and the Maasai planes including explanation of hunting methods and traditional medicine.
Option 2: Overnight
Do during the day the same as on a day tour, in the evening you will have a traditional barbecue at the campfire. Overnight in a special guest house nearby the Maasai Boma with flushing toiletts and shower.
Option 3: Overnight – all inclusive
Here you get everything as in Option 2 plus afternoon tea and cakes, non alcoholic drinks included.
Income from tourist visits will be used towards developing educational projects.
The Kahawa Shamba Campsite is located on the West Kilimanjaro and offers a variety of activities, like a coffee tour, an insight into the life of the Chagga tribe and walking tours. If you like you can also stay overnight and enjoy the stay on the Kilimanjaro.
Mto wa Mbu
Mto wa Mbu on the way from Arusha to the Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti is located in the Great Rift Valley. An ideal place to have a stop over and get to know about local farming and fruits. Take a bike tour along the shores of Lake Manyara and enjoy local lunch under banana trees.
- A walk to through the farms in the green oasis at he foot of the Rift Valley
- A climb to Balaa Hill from where you can see the whole town
- A view into the culture of many different tribes living in the area
- A trip to the Miweleni Lake and waterfall
- Visits to development projects that aim at improving agriculture and start income generating activities for the farmers
- Explanation about the irrigation system
- Bike Tour along the shores of Lake Manyara
- Local lunch under banan trees
- Visit of Masai Boma
The slopes of Mount Meru offer a bit of magic for the tourist that is looking for a memorable excursion on a majestic African peak.
A typical rural setting, the village of Mulala lies 1450. mtrs above sea level on the southern slopes of Mount Meru and only 30 kilometers from Arusha. Visitors wind their way up the mountain through a maze of lush, green vegetation dotted with small farms. The villagers are mostly subsistence farmers and grow coffee, bananas, vegetables, and fruits. They also keep livestock for milk and beef.
When you arrive at Mama Anna’s cheese making place, you will be warmly welcomed by the village women who will proudly show you their activities and offer you a glimpse of rural African life. Ranging from cheese making, to bread baking to a small store, the women have created projects which support their families and preserve their culture–all beneath the lush vegetation of Mount Meru.
From Mama Anna’s, you’ll wind up and down the slopes of Mt Meru, experience the spectacular beauty of this unique area, and leave feeling you’ve discovered new friends.
The women in Mulala have united themselves in the Agape women’s group. Through this group they try to support economic activities of the members and start new income generating projects, like the Mulala Cultural Tourism Programme. It is the only cultural tourism programme in Tanzania completely launched, developed, and implemented by women.
Various Tours can be arranged:
We have developed various tours that show you the most interesting and fascinating places in and around Mulala.
* Marisha River Tour
This two hour guided walk weaves you along the village foot trails, through the coffee and banana farms, and down to the scenic riverbanks of the Marisha River. Thick with tropical vegetation, and various birds and primates, you can sit along the banks and be enveloped by the many wonders of the area. You may continue on to the Ziwa la Mzungu (Whiteman’s Lake) where legend has it that a white man disappeared in the lake while fishing after being confused by demonic sounds coming from the water.
* Lemeka Hill Tour
Crisscross the coffee and banana farms and head up Lemeka Hill for a breathtaking view of both Mounts Kilimanjaro and Meru rising majestically in the distance. The scene is a visual patchwork of Maasai plains, small townships, and surrounding hills. On the slopes of Lemeka hill you can visit the farm of Mr. Moses Karoiya, the traditional healer of the village. Mr Karoiya will tell some stories about the history of the Meru tribe, and provide extensive explanation on the traditional methods he uses for curing sick villagers. Once you’ve descended the hill, you can further delve into the Mt Meru forest, head to the tranquil banks of the Marisha River, or return to the point or origin, Mama Anna’s cheese making place.
A walk to the top of Lemeka hill and back to Mama Anna’s farm takes about two hours.
* Agape tour
In a one and a half hours guided walk you can visit the farms of all five members of the Agape women’s group. The women will give you explanation about their farming methods and show you the various economic activities they have started, like cheese making, bread making, flower seed growing and chili growing.
Combinations of above mentioned tours are well possible and on request also other tailor made tours can be arranged.
In Mulala the women have built a pleasant resting place where meals prepared by the women group can be served. A place for overnight camping is available at the women compound. From the first revenue a small bathroom will be built that can be used for the guests who spend the night at the farm.
Our guides are all women, who have lived many years in Mulala. They speak some English, and can further use interpreters to tell interesting stories.
In addition to their previous training in cheese and bread making, the women have undergone a tourism training program.
The projects of Afya Bora deal with the clarification about HIV/AIDS the Maasai in the Simanjiro District, as well as support of the education by nursery schools in the Maasai Bomas.
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