Village Half Day Trip
Village Full Day
Tribe Cultural Village Tour, Tanzania
Village Cultural Tour is a guided
tour of the farms on the lush slopes of Mount Meru
about 7 kilometres out of Arusha Town in Tanzania)
Village in Arusha
Village Day Tour (Wa-arusha Tribe in Arusha)
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Village Day Tour visits Ng'iresi
Village situated 7 kilometers out of Arusha on the
green and steep slopes of Mount Meru. The inhabitants
of the village are all farmers of the Wa-arusha tribe.
The Wa-arusha are family of the Maasai, but have gradually
shifted from pastoral to agriculture.
Some Wa-arusha are
still living in the traditional bomas, others try
hard to build up stone houses; some still depend on
their cows, others have cultivated large plots. The
village perfectly shows the transition from traditional
into modern African life. On the steep slopes agriculture
is not an easy activity.
If farmers don't take
preventive measures, soil erosion takes place rapidly.
Many farmers now have started to place contour lines
and build terraces.
The irrigation system in the village further helps
the farmers to increase their harvest. Some villagers
even participate in other innovative projects, like
a fish nursery, a biogas system and a cross breeding
project. All the activities take place on the magnificent
slopes of Mount Meru, where small rivers race downhill
cascading into impressive waterfalls.
The volcanic activities
of Mount Meru have created many small hills around
Ng'iresi. Some of them easily can be climbed within
an hour. From the top you have a beautiful view over
the surrounding area.
Village Visit Half
Day Tour Arusha
½ Day Tour
Visit Mzee Loti’s
farm for a coffee and tea and get an explanation on
bio gas, cross breeding and soil conservation projects
on the farm. Walk to the nearby bomas to see the various
styles of traditional Maasai and Wa-arusha houses
and enjoy a beautiful view of Arusha town and the
surrounding Maasai plain.
Descend Lekimana Hill
to visit the Ng’iresi primary school and return
to Loti’s farm for lunch.
The tour starts from
Kwangulelo bus stop. A 45-minute walk takes you to
the Songota waterfall in Oldadai village. Visit Mzee
Loti’s farm and visit the bio gas and soil conservation
projects, traditional houses and school.
Ng’iresi Village Tour
½ Day Tour Prices
½ Day Tour
150 US Dollars
Day Tour Arusha
one day tour adds a visit to the catchment forest
on the higher slopes of Meru. Here you can see the
spring that is the main water source for the village.
A few meters downstream the farmers are building an
intake for the irrigation system.
with a special interest can plan a visit to a traditional
healer at the edge of the forest. Further downhill
a fish nursery is visited in the backyard of a farmer.
The day is finished with a dinner at Mzee Loti's farm.
Ng’iresi Village Tour Full Day
Full Day Tour
300 US Dollars
Village Visit includes the following
* A glimpse of the Wa-arusha culture
* A walk to Songoto and Navuru waterfalls
A guided tour to farms on the lush slopes of Mt. Meru
A climb to Kivesi Hill, an old volcano with a natural
forest on the top
* A delicious lunch and dinner (if on an Overnight
Tour) prepared by the Juhudi Women’s Group
* A visit to several
development projects in the village – soil conservation,
irrigation, cross breeding, bio gas
1 & Half Day's Tour
During the one and
a half day tour, you spend the night camping at Mzee
Loti's farm. From here the next morning you start
climbing of Kivesi hill, an old volcano with a natural
forest on top. Baboons and gazelles can be seen in
the forest. You descend the hill on the other side
and return to Arusha.
Ng’iresi Village Tour 1 ½ Day
1 ½ Day Tour
400 US Dollars
All tours to Ng'iresi
can include a visit to a traditional healer who is
living in the area. However, visitors who are keen
to learn more about the traditional medicine can spend
a half or full day walking through the slopes of Mount
Meru collecting herbs and plants that have been used
by local people for 1000's of years.
A sheet listing the
various plants will be given with their Latin and
common name in the local dialect. A special guide
will help you identify and collect samples of the
numerous medicinal species.
Our guides are all
villagers who have lived many years in Ng'iresi. They
speak good English and can tell interesting stories
about history, culture and daily life in our village.
They also are well informed about the different development
project in Ng'iresi and can tell you all the ins and
outs about the Wa-arusha culture.
Meals are prepared
by the Juhudi women's group. The women can make various
traditional African meals, but can serve western food
as well. All meals will be prepared in a clean environment.
The women's group has already cooked for the Ambassadors
of Sweden and The Netherlands.
At Mzee Loti's farm
there is a simple but clean toilet, from the model
pit latrine. From the first revenue a small bathroom
will be built that can be used by the guests who spend
the night at the farm. Visitors can put up their tents
on one of the shambaas around Mzee Loti's house. A
watchmen will guarantee the safety. An idyllic dining
place has been built under the green leaves of a jasmin
tree. With rain, visitors can shelter in Mzee Loti's
of the Natural Forest
We see the natural
forest on top of Kivesi hill as an important natural
resource for our village. It helps us preventing further
soil erosion, forms an important refuge for the many
birds in our village, is used for initiation ceremonies
in the Wa-arusha culture and is also a nice attraction
for tourists. We want to preserve this natural forest
and therefore don't cut any trees in the natural forest.
Ng'iresi primary school
primary school was built in 1975. The schoolbuilding
consists of seven classrooms. In total 510 children
attend the school. The classrooms are rather crowded
and there are not enough learning materials for everyone.
With the tourism programme we hope to generate funds
that we can use for improving our primary school.
the money earned from the visit of every tourist,
4 US$ will go to a school development fund, used for
improvements of the school. For one dollar we can
buy two schoolbooks; five dollars is enough for wood
from which the children can make a desk and for ten
dollars we can buy a large topographic map of our
& Reservations for Ng’iresi
Village Day Tours
- Arusha, Tanzania
Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871