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Cultural Village Tour at Lake Manyara


Mto wa Mbu Cultural Tourism Program

The green oasis of Mto wa Mbu, the village at the Lake Manyara, invites for walking tours, where you can see a mixture of Tanzanian cultures while enjoying the tropical vegetation at the foot of the Rift Valley.


This is a good alternative to the game drives.


A Walk through the farms in the green oasis at the foot of the Rift Valley.
A Climb to Balaa hill from where you can oversee the whole town and the depression below the Rift Valley escarpment
A view into the culture of the many different tribes living in the area
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

Thorough explanation about the irrigation system that keeps their farm green

The area around Mto wa Mbu was rather dry and hardly populated till the early fifties, when the first steps were made to irrigate the area. Within a few years hundreds of acres of newly cultivated land were created. The news of the fertile lands spread rapidly through the country and from all remote corners people came to try their luck.



Fruits and vegetables from all over Tanzania were introduced in the area. Within a few decades the dry and empty plains were turned into a green semi-urban centre. The rapid population growth also turned Mto wa Mbu in a melting pot of cultures. Nowhere else in Tanzania have so many different tribes gathered in such a small area. Many people have still kept their traditions. The various traditional modes of production stand as an example of this cultural diversity.


In the little town chagga people are producing their banana beer, a former from Kigoma makes palm oil from Palm trees that he brought from the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the Sandawe aremaking bow and arrow for hunting on smaller game and the Rangi are using the papyrus from the lakes and rivers for making the most beautiful mats and baskets. On the surroundings plains Maasai families live in traditional bomas and the warriors wander with their cattle looking for pasture and water.