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Ng'iresi is situated 7 kilometres out of Arusha on the green and steep slopes of Mount Meru. The inhabitants of the village are all farmers of the Wa-arusha tribe (Masai tribe). 

The Wa-arusha are family of the Masai, but have gradually shifted from pastoralism to agriculture. Some Wa-arusha are still living in the traditional bomas, others try hard to build up stone houses; some still depend on their cows, others have cultivated large plots. The village perfectly shows the transition from traditional into modern African life.

On the steep slopes agriculture is not an easy activity. If farmers don't take preventive measures, soil erosion takes place rapidly. Many farmers now have started to place contour lines and build terraces.


The irrigation system in the village further helps the farmers to increase their harvest. Some villagers even participate in other innovative projects, like a fish nursery, a biogas system and a cross breeding project.





Ng’iresi Cultural Tourism Programme
You can choose different modules that vary from half a day to one and a half day. Visitors are also welcomed to stay overnight or make their own custom tours incorporating different options. You start the trip always in Arusha.


Half day village Tour

  • In the half day visit you will be welcomed with coffee and tea at Mzee Loti's farm and get an explanation about the biogas, crossbreeding and soil conservation projects on the farm. 
  • Next, you make a walk to some nearby bomas, where you can see the various styles of traditional Maasai and Wa-arusha houses. 
  • From there you start climbing Lekimana hill, from where you have a beautiful view over Arusha town and the surrounding Maasai plains. With clear weather Kilimanjaro is visi-ble. You descend Lekimana hill on the other side, so that you can visit Ng'iresi primary school. 
  • Back at Mzee Loti's farm, you get a traditional meal cooked by the Juhudi women's group.


Half day Tour: Songota Waterfall

  • The tours starts at Kwangulelo bus stop, on the Nairobi - Moshi main road (15 minutes drive from Arusha town in the direction of Moshi.
  • From here it is a 45 minutes walk to reach the Songota waterfall in Oldadai village. 
  • To Mzee Loti's farm it is a 30 minutes walk where you visit the biogas system, soil conservation activities, traditional houses and the school.

General Information


  • Guides
  • Our guides are all villagers who have lived many years in Ng'iresi. They speak good English and can tell interesting stories about history, culture and daily life in our village. They also are well informed about the different development project in Ng'iresi and can tell you all the ins and outs about the Wa-arusha culture.