ECO – TOURISM

Why “Eco-Tourism” and not just “Tourism”? We would like, with your indulgence, to contribute in a small way' towards the preservation of ecosystem mountain, wildlife areas and beaches so that future generations perhaps your children, grandchildren and even great grand children can proudly re-trace your foot path and enjoy the wonders you have seen. Whenever possible we will encourage our esteemed clients to use safe biodegradable containers for your food and beverages and tissue papers. There is presently just too much unsustainable litter on our beaches, mountains routes and game parks.

Marangu and Mamba Cultural Tourism

At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro just below the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park lie the beautiful villages of Marangu and Mamba, which were once thriving chiefdoms. There is more than just having a chance to climb the most unique, the tallest and beautiful Mountain of Africa.

Marangu: is home to Kilimanjaro; tours through Marangu offer panoramic sights ideal for photography Mountain climbing enthusiasts will be delighted to visit the home and memorial of the late prominent indigenous Guide Yohana Lawuo, the man who accompanied Dr. Hans Meyer and his companion Ludwig Rischeller from Germany on 5th October 1889 on the first recorded climb of Mountain Kilimanjaro. Mzee (Old man) Yohana Lawuo was the first man to open the path to the Mountain. Documented evidence demonstrates that he was an outstanding person. He guided climbers through unchartered treks in difficult terrain up to the Mountain at the age of 70 years. The old man of Mountain Kilimanjaro lived for an astounding 124 years.

Option for visitors: Guided tours leading to panoramic viewpoint's ideal for photography of waterfalls and Mount Kilimanjaro.

• Chance to pass though historical sites from clan wars and ancient legends including large hiding caves used during the Chagga –Maasai wars.

• Visit to local blacksmiths who continue using ancestral methods to prepare Maasai Spears, hoes, knives and other tools.

•  Opportunity to experience Chagga Culture with a visit to a traditional Chagga house.

Mulala Cultural Tourism: Come and visit the mulala village, a typical rural setting nestled on the southern slope of Mt. Meru surrounded by spectacular scenery. The mulala village is a typical rural setting, lying 1,600 – 1,700 meters above sea level. The people of Mulala village grow coffee, bananas, vegetables and fruits. They also keep livestock for milk and beef.

Option for visitors: A tour of Mama Anna's quaint cheese making.

• Guided Tour: Criss–Crossing Coffee and banana farms.

• Walking through the forest reserve or the Marisha River banks and enjoying the view of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Longido Cultural Tourism: Welcome to the extensive plains around Longido Mountain where you can experience all facets of traditional Maasai culture and spot rare birds and animals.

The town of Longido lies on the Arusha-Namanga road just at the foot of Longido Mountain. On the mountain and the surrounding plains Maasai warriors wander about their cattle looking for pasture and water. Once a week on Wednesday these cattle are herded to a cattle market in Longido town. Maasai families live in small traditional bomas scattered over the area. There is an abundance of colorful birds. The red and yellow barbet, the masked weaver, the silver bill and the secretary bird are some of the species to be seen. Longido is also known for the presence of rare mammals that cannot be seen in any of the national parks. The plains and the slopes of the mountain form the refuge for the gerenuk, the lesser kudu and the klipspringer. Among other animals that live around Longido are giraffes, Zebras, gazelles, buffaloes, mangooses and some silver jackals.

Option for visitors:

• Walks to the refuge of birds like weavers, sunbirds, barbets and Turaco.

• A climb to the impressive Longido Mountain, through a dense natural forest.

• Walking safari through the Maasai plains and over the slope of Longido Mountain.

• Sip tea in a Maasai boma and gain insight into the culture and daily life of the Maasai.

• Visit to historic sites from British Colonial times.

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