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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 Kilometres 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; a park with tree-climbing lions and many birds.
It is 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.
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 Prices
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 African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages
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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 stopover for tourists touring the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara National Park
Arusha Cultural Day Tour Mto Wa Mbu Village Rates Do Not Include:
* 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 an extensive explanation of 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 kilometers north of Mto wa Mbu, where the Miwaleni waterfall that falls 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 the 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 an 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 to 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-day tours into 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.
In the eighties, the ILO had a Flood control program 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 to try to use the land productively 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 center 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 program 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 methods.