Program Overview

Mto wa Mbu  is situated on the way to Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania,
just at the foot of The Great East African Rift Valley.   it is an ideal resting place for most safari travelers.

Mto wa Mbu Tour Includes:

  • A walk to through the farms in the green oasis at the foot of The East African Rift Valley
  • A climb to Balaa Hill from where you can see the whole town
  • A view into the culture of many different tribes living in the area
  • A trip to theMiweleni Lake and waterfall
  • Visits to development projects that aim at improving agriculture and start income generating activities for the farmers
  • Explanation about the irrigation system

Program Details by Day

Day 1: Climbing and Cultural Tour

Climbing Balaa Hill

Climb to the top of the Rift Valley wall for breath-taking views of Lake Manyara, the village of Mto wa Mbu, and the Maasai Steppe beyond. Also, see a diverse array of local bird species and magnificent 2,000 year old baobab trees.

 Maasai Boma tour

Visit a Maasai boma and see the lifestyle of this legendary tribe up-close. Along with a guided tour of the boma and an introduction to the local Masai population, tribesmen will offer to paint traditional Masai tattoos for visitors and even let them milk their prized cows.

Day 2: Masai Market and Village Walk

Maasai Market tour

Hundred of Masai gather each Thursday afternoon at the bustling Masai market, where visitors have the chance to see their crafts and taste their food, including the famous Masai BBQ. A larger, village-wide market occurs on the 22nd of each month.

Village walk

Get an inside look at the homes and exquisite crafts of Mto wa Mbu’s many tribes. Visitors will get a chance to meet locals and learn about banana beer, Makonde woodcarvings, and the tribal painting techniques; the village provides a great introduction to everyday life in Africa.

Day 3: Farm and Miwaleni Waterfall and Lake Tour

Farm tour
See the innovative farming practices of Mto wa Mbu villagers and learn about the irrigation system that sustains local crops, including the 32 varieties of bananas.

Miwaleni Waterfall and Lake tour

Bike or hike to this impressive lake and waterfall, both lined with thriving papyrus plants. At night, leopards and hippos frequent the area, but during the day, visitors can swim in the refreshing pool beneath the falls.

Day 4: Biking to Lake Manyara and Lunch at Moma’s

Biking to Lake Manyara

Bike to the coast of one of the Africa’s most Majestic lakes and get an amazing opportunity to view wildlife like zebras, giraffes, hippos and water buffaloes at close range in this corridor of migration between the national parks.

Mountain bikes can be rented at the office.

Lunch at Moma’s

Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Moma’s home. Over lunch, the guide will provide a history of region and many local tribes.

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