Ilkiding’a Cultural Tourism Programme
Welcome to our village at the foot of Mount
Meru where the sounds of rivers, birds and people are in harmony.
We people of Ilkiding’a offer you :
A view into the culture of the Wa-arusha.
A warm welcome in a local household.
Visits to craftsmen and a traditional healer.
A walk through the farms where people produce cash crops to supply Arusha.
A rest at impressive viewpoints overlooking Arusha town.
Hikes along narrow footpaths, crossing a canyon and climbing small hills.
Traditional food prepared by our women.
The profit is used to improve the primary school. Your visits helps to give our
children a better education which is a base for leading a good life.
How to get there.
Ilkiding’a lies at 10 km north of Arusha town, a 30 minutes drive. At the Ilboru
Junction cars can be hired. Walking is also possible but it will take you two hours
to reach the starting point. From Arusha town, take the small road north at the Ilboru junction on the Nairobi – Moshi road. Follow the Ilboru Safari Lodge sign. At the pink Loning’o shop take right. Follow the main road, leaving the signboard of the Ekenywa secondary school on your left, follow the main road, at the primary school, on the left close to a blue painted church, a guide will be waiting for you. From here you go to the boma of the Sembeo family, half an hour’s walking or 10 minutes driving. From this traditional household the tour starts.
Half day tour.
In this tour you start at Sembeo’s household where several traditionally built, round houses give you an idea of how an extended family lives together. The view of the Ngarenaro valley and Leleto hill is beautiful and the presence of the Mount Meru makes it unique. Sembeo will show you how knives are made and will explain how he runs his business. From here you walk through a small coffee plantation and enter the open fields where potatoes, cabbages, maize, beans and other crops are cultivated. In Ilkisongo you will enjoy the view overlooking Arusha town. Afterwards you walk down to the house of the traditional healer. He is ready to answer all your questions and will give advice if needed. From there you head on to visit a craftsmen group. Small wooden stools, jewellery, knives and traditional clothing are made by the members. If you have had enough walking you can be picked up by car or you can carry on to the canyon of Njeche. Scrambling into the canyon is an adventure. Abundant plants cover caves and rocky walls.
Full day tour.
From the same starting point you go down to the Ngarenaro river, cross it and start climbing Leleto hill. From here you have a view on the Maasai steppe and its volcanoes. Then you walk through the fields in the direction of the forest reserve of Mount Meru National Park. You have a rest at Ilkisongo viewpoint. From here you go back to Sembeo’s household where the women’s group is waiting for you with a traditional meal. Maize, milk and red beans are the basic ingredients of the dishes. You walk down to visit the traditional healer, the craftsmen group and the canyon. You visit the primary school where money generated from tourism as Development Fees is used to rehabilitate the school.
Tourists who still want to walk can continue down to Arusha in less then two hours.
You won’t walk alone. People are going to and from town. You are one of them.
Arusha - Ilkiding’a - Arusha
This is a 7 hours trip for people in good walking condition. The guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Along narrow paths, passing the suburbs of town, you enter the fields of the Wa arusha people in Ilboru. You pass the springs where people get their water for daily use, you visit a water catchment site, built with the help of OXFAM, a primary school, the Njeche canyon, visit the craftsman, and have lunch at Sembeo’s place. From there you walk back to Arusha, passing other villages and coming out on the Moshi – Nairobi road.
This trip can also be done with mountain bikes.
The guides are all youngsters born and raised in the village. They all finished secondary education and are familiar with English. Most of them are members of the Maasai Cultural Dancing Group E.N.MASARIE and people enjoy their performances. They were honored to be chosen by the authorities to welcome President Moi of Kenya at the airport. All the guides of the Cultural Tourism Programme can be recognized through an identity card and you are strongly advised not to walk with unauthorized guides.
For further information
Please contact your tour operator or
TTB information Centre in Arusha
Boma Road tel 057 3842 / 3
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org