Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village

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Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village is a full day excursion from Arusha to the village of Mto Wa Mbu. The driving time from Arusha to Mto Wa Mbu village is 2.5 Hours.

Mto Wa Mbu village is situated 120 Kilometers from Arusha on your way to the National Parks in Northern Tanzania, just at the foot of the Rift Valley.

Mto wa Mbu village is the entry port to Lake Manyara National Park; the park with the tree climbing lions and many birds. It also conveniently on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti which makes it an ideal rest place for most safari travelers.

Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village offers you different tours that show you the scenic beauty and cultural diversity of Mto wa Mbu.

Mto wa Mbu village lies within the east African Valley, some 120km from Arusha City, Mto wa Mbu inhabits more than 18,000 thousands in which there are 120 tribes. Maasai being the originak inhabitants of the area.

Mto wa Mbu flourishes in the presence of three great rivers namely, Kirurumu river, Mahamoud River And Magadini river. The word Mto wa Mbu literally means “Mosquito River”

Mto wa Mbu village is among the most active Villages in northern Tanzania, and it is the best stop over for tourist touring to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorngoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park. Mto wa Mbu borders Lake Manyara National Park to east-south side and the Lake itself.

Mto wa Mbu exports mainly banans, there are over thirty species of Banana in the village being introduced from various part of the country mainly Kagera and Mbeya region.

If one is looking for the great taste of Tanzanian Culture, then choose Mto wa Mbu Village, a boiling pot of Cultures from different corners of the country! Learn what people do for a living; learn different modes of production and what exists in these cultures.

Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village Activities

* Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
* A climb to Balaa hill from where you can oversee the whole town
* A view into the culture of the many different tribes living in the area
* A walk through the farms in the green oasis at the foot of the Rift Valley
* A trip to the Miwaleni lake and waterfall, where papyrus plants grow abundantly
* Visits to development projects that aim at improving agriculture and start income generating activities for the farmers

Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village Itinerary

0800 Hours: Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village departs from your hotel/ Residence after breakfast. You drive to the village of Mto wa Mbu on the shores of Lake Manyara for a cultural walk.

1030 Hours: Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village walks will offer you a chance to catch a rare glimpse of some of the fascinating different cultures of East Africa. It is home to over 100 Tanzania tribes.

Mto wa Mbu is quite possibly the only place where you can hear Bantu, Nilotic, Khoisan and Cushitic accents spoken in the same market place together with the diverse lifestyles and heritage that comes with these people.

Our first stop is at the rice fields, where you learn how to grow and harvest rice. The next stop along the way is at an embankment covered with bushes and plants, where you learn about the different plants medicinal qualities.

From here you visit a Wood Carving workshop then to a local art gallery.  You will walk through a local village and learn about how they construct houses – starting with the inexpensive mud houses, to the stone walled houses.

Your walking tour takes you through Maize farms and then into Banana plantations, with Yellow, Green and Red Bananas. You will also visit a local school to see children learning the alphabet in both English and Swahili.

After the school visit, you will head to the village pub to learn about the production process of the local banana beer and wine.

After the pub, you will be offered a local lunch. After lunch you can choose to climb to Balaa hill from where you can oversee the whole town or take a game drive into Lake Manyara National Park.

1800 Hours: Later return back to Arusha in the evening.

Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village Prices


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* Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village Guided walk can be combined with a Safari into Lake Manyara National Park
* Mto wa Mbu village in northern Tanzania is the best stop over for tourist touring to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park

Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village Rates Includes:

* Lunch
* Price per person
* Game driving safari at Lake Manyara National Park
* Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village Guided walk
* Pick-up from your hotel in Arusha and drop-off to your hotel
* Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in the African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages

Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village Rates Do Not Include:

* Laundry
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of two persons required
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

 Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village | Available Tours to Choose

Mto wa Mbu Farming Tour

Starting from the market, where you visit a Chagga family producing banana beer, you walk northwards passing many different farms. On your way you get extensive explanation about the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area.

Mzee Filipo, a farmer from Kigoma, will show you his oil press and tell you about the history of irrigation in the area. Your trip ends at a farm built by the Belgium Development Organization ACT, where you can visit their sunflower seeds production and make marvelous pictures of colorful flower fields with the rift valley as background.

Papyrus Lake Tour

This walk starts five kilometer north of Mto wa Mbu, where the Miwaleni waterfall that falls down from the rift valley has created a green oasis. Passing some little streams you walk in the direction of the Papyrus lake, from where the Rangi people collect the materials for the mats and baskets they make.

On your way you can see rice farming and visit Sandawe families who still make traditional bows and arrows for hunting. The walk can be extended with a climb to the waterfall at the rift valley.

Balaa Hill Tour

Starting from Mto wa Mbu you walk at the foot of the rift valley in northern direction. The farmers in this area mainly grow bananas (many different 30 varieties) and the big leaves provide a pleasant shade.

On your way you can visit some farms and get explanation about the irrigation methods in the area. Finally, you can climb Balaa hill, “the hill of misfortune”, in about twenty minutes and enjoy the beautiful view over the green oasis of Mto wa Mbu.

On the top the guides will explain you why the hill got its mysterious name. The walk can be extended with a visit to the Njoro springs, one of the main water sources for the area and a nearby waterfall.

One day walk

People who like walking can combine the three half a day tours in a one day walk. Starting from the Mto wa Mbu market you go via the farm of ACT to the Papyrus lake. On your way back to Mto wa Mbu you walk along the foot of the rift valley, passing the Njoro springs and the Balaa hill.

Development Projects

In the eighties the ILO had a Flood control programme in Mto wa Mbu, which also assisted the district in improving the irrigation system. Various intakes and aqueducts ensure that the water flows to all farms in the area.

At the border of the irrigated land there are however serious problems of siltation, created by volcanic activities in the past. In this area the Belgium organization ACT has in cooperation with the Monduli District Council built up a farm in order to try to use the land in a productive way and create employment for the local people. Among the crops that grow on the farm are many colorful flowers.

The farm is also used as a centre from which ACT carries out its various community development activities. Nearby a dam has been built, where the Maasai cattle can drink water, even in the dry period. With support from ACT a Maasai women’s group is producing energy saving stoves that use three times less firewood and therefore help to preserve the natural forests and reduce the workload of women.

The profit from the tourism programme will be used for the promotion of these stoves and other development purposes in the area.

When you are in Mto wa Mbu, feel free to visit the Maasai women’s group on Mondays and Wednesdays, when they produce the stoves. The women will proudly show you their production method.

Booking & Reservations for Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village Contacts:
Booking Office Tel: + 254 718-179-967
Mobile : + 254 721-242-711


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