Mto wa Mbu Cultural Tour
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.
Mto wa Mbu tour includes:
- 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
Climbing Balaa Hill (3-6 hours)
Climb to the top of the Rift Valley wall for breath-taking views of Lake Manyara, the village ofMto 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.
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.
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 in Africa.
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.
Mountain bikes can be rented at the office.
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.
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.