Welcome to Mulala, a picturesque village nestled on the slopes of Mt Meru beneath a canopy of banana trees and surrounded by spectacular scenery. Come to our home and experience a unique part of Tanzania.

We, the women of Mulala offer you:

- A tour of Mama Anna's quaint cheese making place which provides area hotels with these delicious products

- A garden structure in which you may relax with a beverage, enjoy the views and sample foods unique to our village.

- A guided tours criss-crossing coffee and banana farms to the top of Lemeka Hill for a bird's eye view of the valleys

- A glimpse of our daily life and information on the surrounding vegetation and crops

- A walk to the Marisha River banks, home of colourful birds and playful monkeys.

Profits will be used to generate income and uplift the women's standard of living.


A cultural tourism programme executed with advice from the Tanzania Tourist Board and SNV - The Netherlands Development Organisation


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 kilometres 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

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.

Tour guides

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.

Please Note

* Water is available for purchase

* Weather may prohibit walking tours

* Please wear appropriate gear; good walking shoes

* Take a cap and suncream with you when making longer walks.

Economic growth

With assistance from a Dutch development project called FAIDA (which means "profit"), many farmers in Mulala and surrounding villages have started new economic activities over the last few years. FAIDA provides farmers with technology support, like introducing biogas systems, and establishes linkages between farmers and purchasers.

The local entrepreneurs can follow training courses at the FAIDA office, e.g. on bookkeeping and marketing, and can be assisted with business plans and loan applications.

The members of the Agape women's group have seen their income growing considerably, thanks to the support from FAIDA. The profit from tourism they will use for investing in new economic activities. Further, the women will donate a part of the profit to the primary school in the village, since they consider good education as the key to further development of their village.


For further information please contact your tour operator or the TTB information centre in Arusha (Boma road, tel: 057 - 3842/3)