Cultural Tourism Programme
Welcome to the
fascinating slopes of Mount Meru, where you can experience real African village
We villagers of
Ng'iresi offer you:
a guided tour to some farms on the green and steep
slopes of Mt. Meru
a visit to several development projects in our
village (soil conservation, irrigation, cross breeding, bio gas, fish nursery)
a climb to Kivesi Hill, an old volcano with a natural
forest on top
a view into the Wa-arusha culture (old stories,
delicious lunch and dinner prepared by the Juhudi
women's group (for smaller groups, meals are provided by a local family)
The profit will be
used to improve our primary school
Thanks to your
visit our children get better education.
cultural tourism programme executed with advice from SNV B
the Netherlands Development Organisation and the Tanzanian Tourist Board.
is situated 7 kilometres 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 pastoralism
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.
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.
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.
can choose different modules that vary from half a day to one and a half day.
Visitors are also welcomed to stay overnight or make their own custom tours
incorporating different options.
the half day visit you will be welcomed with coffee and tea at Mzee Loti's farm
and get an explanation about the biogas, crossbreeding and soil conservation
projects on the farm. Next, you make a walk to some nearby bomas, where you can
see the various styles of traditional Maasai and Wa-arusha houses. From there
you start climbing Lekimana hill, from where you have a beautiful view over
Arusha town and the surrounding Maasai plains. With clear weather Kilimanjaro is
visi-ble. You descend Lekimana hill on the other side, so that you can visit
Ng'iresi primary school. Back at Mzee Loti's farm, you get a traditional meal
cooked by the Juhudi women's group.
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.
Groups 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.
and a Half Tour
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.
request other modules can be arranged as well.
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.
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
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.
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 house.
of the natural forest
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
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. From 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 country.
hope that the tourism programme may help us to give better education to our
children, so that they can acquire the knowledge and experience needed to lead a
good and happy life. When you are in the village feel free to visit our primary
school. Our children will welcome you with nice Swahili songs.
In Mto wa Mbu, tours
can be arranged through the Tanzanian Tourist Board or your local tour operator.
The following costs
in Tanzanian Shillings are as follows. Tour costs are subject to change. Please
note that tours booked through tour operators may require an additional
Fee (per person for all tours): 2,500
Fee (per person): 3,000
or dinner (optional): 3,500
or Coffee: 300
to Wa-Arusha Boma (per group): 4,000
to Traditional Healer (per person): 1,000
Camping fee (optional): 1,000
contact your tour operator
information Centre in Arusha
Road, Tel: 057 - 3842/3)