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Wed, Feb 20, 2019

The  village  of Ilkindig'a  at  the  foot  of  Mt.Meru, where  the  sounds  of rivers, birds, and people are in  harmony, offers  a view  into the  culture of the Wa-arusha  tribe.             

The following is on offer:
  •  A  visit  to  a  local  traditionally  built  household  to  get  an  idea  of how an extended  family lives  together.
  • A  walk  through  coffee  plantations  and  open  fields  where  potatoes, cabbages, maize, beans and  other  cash crops  are  cultivated   by the villagers.
  • A visit  to  a  traditional  healer, who  is ready  to answer  all  your questions and  give  advice  if needed.
  • A  visit  to  the  craftsmen  making  small wooden  stools, jewellery, knives  and  traditional clothing.
  • A  traditional  meal  prepared  by  the Mainyoite  Women's  Group at one of the  households.
  • A  visit  to  the  primary  school  where  money  generated  from tourism as  Development  Fees  is  used  to  rehabilitate  the  school.
  • The  pleasure  of  impressive  viewpoints  overlooking  Arusha town, hiking  along  narrow footpaths,  crossing  a  canyon and  climbing small  hills.

You can  take a  half  day  tour, full  day  tour  or  a 3 day south-west  Meru cultural hike. A fourth option is an 8 hour walking trip from Arusha to  the  starting  point, where you  connect  with  the  full  day  tour.

·         Half day tour

This  includes  a  visit to Sembeo's  Boma  where you  get  a  glimpse  of village  life. Thereon, walk through  fields  of  crops, visit  a   traditional healer, head  to  the  Njeche  Canyon  and  end  with  a  traditional  meal at  the  Mainyoito  Women's  Group.

·         Full day tour

This  includes  a  trial  through  the  fields, visit  to  Sembeo's  Boma and  crossing  the  Ngarenaro  river to  reach  Leloto  viewpoint. Head  to  the  Maasai  Craftsmen  Group  and  end  the  tour with  a traditional  meal  at  the Mainyoito  Women's  Group.

·          3 day hike

On the first day, walk uphill to Sembeo's Boma. Cross Ngarenaro river and walk through Milkhasi Forest to Timbolo to spend the night. Next  day, cross  the  Ngareolmotonyi  river  and walk uphill to  Olkokola  and  further  on  to  Ilkurot  to  spend  the  night. On  the  third  day, walk  to  Muklat  and Ngaramtoni  for  the weekly Maasai  market. After lunch, walk or drive back to Arusha.