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Itinerary: Tanzania - Northern Circuit Cultural Tour

Tanzania - Northern Circuit Cultural Tour

This traditional tour will give you a chance to observe different tribes lifestyle.You will visit development projects which are done by the village member groups such as women groups and youth group

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Tanzania - Northern Circuit Cultural Tour

Tour summary
Traditional tour in different villages of different tribes in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania where you can freely mix with tribal people to practice and observe their lifestyle, some of that villages are Mto wa mbu, Ng’iresi, Mulala, Mkuru, Machame, Tengeru, Mamba and Marangu. Also a visit to development projects which are done by the village member groups such as women groups and youth groups. Mountain climbs of different village mountain peaks and visit traditional healers and to the forest areas where medicinal plants are found.

Day 1: Arusha (City Sight seeing Tour)
After breakfast, visit local marketing, ex-colonial government Buildings, African Artistic Carvings and works, Maasai Traditional Weapons and many areas around the city of cultural Interest. Dinner and overnight at the Impala Hotel (H/B).

Day 2: Arusha (City Sight seeing Tour)
On the next day, proceed with City Sight seeing including National Natural History Museum, Arusha declaration monument Museum and so many things of cultural interests. Continue with trip to Meserani Snake Park, 25kms away from Arusha City. Here you will see more than 50 species of snakes including most poisonous and Dangerous snake of Africa. “The African Black Mamba” at display of window Glass. Drive back to Arusha, Dinner and overnight at the Impala Hotel (H/B).

Day 3: Babati
After breakfast, departure for Babati. Visit Managhat village, original home of the Gorowa tribe to see the dairy activities of them. Launch, dinner and overnight in Babati. On the second day visit a respected Gorowa tribesman Mzee Kwaraa for insight on Gorowa culture such as marriage ceremonies, rain prayers, burial, religious and circumcision rituals and lastly climb Bambaay Hill from where you can see beautiful Rift Valley landscape with Lake Babati and Lake Manyara and the Maasai Steppe. This is a half day tour and in the afternoon departure for Hanang.

Day 3: Hanang
After launch, meet with Barbaig tribals and gain cultural insight on their marriage procedures, burial rites, local taboos, and way of making ornaments and goatskin dresses, and their daily activities. Dinner and overnight in campsite at Hanang.

Day 4: Mto Wa Mbu
After breakfast drive for Mto Wa Mbu to view into culture of the many different tribes living in the area, walk through the farms in the green oasis at the foot of the Rift Valley, visit Miwale lake and waterfalls, and climb to Balaa Hill from where you can see the whole town. In the evening drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Impala hotel (B/B).

Other option: Is to see the place on bicycle or taking a boat tour with the guides but it is on request.

Day 5: Ng'iresi Village
After breakfast, drive to Ng’iresi village to view the Wa-arusha culture (old stories, traditional houses) and meet a traditional healer, a guided tour of some farms on the green slopes of Mt. Meru, a climb to Kivesi Hill, an old volcano with a natural forest on top and also you can visit the development projects such as soil conservation, irrigation, cross breeding, bio gas and fish nursery. And if you want you can get lunch and dinner which prepared by the Juhudi women's group. Overnight in campsite.

Day 6: Mulala Village
After breakfast, drive to Mulala village where the starting point of the tour is Mama Anna's quaint cheese and butter making dairy unit. A guided tour crisscrossing coffee and banana farms to the top of Lemeka Hill, a glimpse of the daily life of Meru farmers, information on surrounding vegetation and crops, a walk to the Marisha River banks, thick with tropical vegetation and home of colorful birds and playful monkeys and walking tour into the forest reserve and climb up to the foothills of Mount Meru. Dinner and overnight in campsite.

Day 7: Mkuru Village - Camel Camp
After breakfast, drive to camel camp at Mkuru camel camp, where you can make camel safaris to the Maasai plains between Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Lake Natron, and enjoy the friendly behavior of the "ship of the desert". Before reaching camel camp, you can do walking safari through the natural forests on the slopes of Mt. Meru and a game drive around Momela lakes. Spend the night at Momela Lodge. And also you can climb Mount Ol Doinyo Landaree, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Meru and the Maasai plain. During camel safaris, about 20 km are covered before lunchtime, after which you can relax and explore the area around the camp. Launch, dinner and overnight at Mkuru village.

Day 8: Mamba and Marangu
After breakfast, drive to the beautiful towns of Marangu and Mamba for walking tours through valleys with numerous waterfalls, and see the mountain village life. Enjoy the panoramic scenes and natural beauty of Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight in Marangu.

Day 9-10: Pare Mountains
Afret breakfast drive to Pare Mountains for viewing the unique the Pare culture of Tanzania. Guided tours include a walk through Kindoroko Forest Reserve, Climbing to different mountain peaks, thorough explanations of medicinal power of plants and herbs growing in the area, a trip to the fishing villages at Lake Nyumba ya Mungu, where birdlife is overwhelming and a view into the Pare culture, with tales of ancient Pare legends. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Pare mountains.

Day 11: Machame
After breakfast, drive to Machame north of the Arusha-Moshi road for explore the culture off the people of Mount Kilimanjaro, environmental tour on the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Walking tour through fertile banana and coffee farmlands and learn an intensive inter-cropping system of mixed crop farming and also you can participate in cooking a traditional Chagga meal. Launch, dinner and overnight in Machame.

Day 12: Tengeru
After breakfast, drive to Tengeru for cultural tour in Meru tribe and also you can enjoy the local singing, dancing and poetry of the Meru culture, a guided tour to the legendary Chief’s compound to see his handcrafts and artfacts, visit the local farms owned and managed by the members of the Pandati Women’s Group. Late evening, drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight in Impala Hotel (B/B).

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• All meals, guides and accommodation
• All transfers and Entrance fees
• Transport is in either Land cruiser, Land rover or Mini bus

Price excludes:
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• Softdrinks or alcohol
• Tips
• Items of personal nature

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