Engaruka, situated 63 km north
of Mto wa Mbu, on the road to Oldonyo Lengai and Lake Natron lies
at the foot of the Rift Valley escarpment. It is an important historic
site as some 500 years ago, a farming community of several thousand
people chose to develop and indigenous irrigation and cultivation
system here. For unknown reasons, the farmers left Engaruka around
1700, but the ruins talk volumes about the highly specialized agricultural
The people of Engaruka offer visitors the following attractions:
- A guided visit to one of the oldest African irrigation systems
- A visit to the Maasai cattle market
- A visit to a Maasai Boma
- Walking safaris in an area of outstanding beauty
- A look at the local community life.
There are various guided tour options:
Half day tours
1. Visit to the ruined city you can see the remnants of the ruined
city of Engaruka. The guide will help you to identify old graves,
house walls, irrigation canals and terraces, and explain the various
theories about the rise and fall of the farming community. Enjoy
enroute, the colourful birds and butterflies, remnants. Of the German
era, and also visit an ‘orpul’ or Maasai slaughterhouse.
2. Engaruka farming tour from the ruins, walk to the village of
Engaruka, Enroute, visit several farms and learn about various farming
and irrigation methods. The guide will throw light on the tribal
background of the village. On the way back, visit the market area
located in the shade of an Africa tulip tree and a huge mkuyu tree.
3. Rift Valley escarpment tour from the ruined city, narrow footpaths
wind up the Rift Valley escarpment. Climb the escarpment guided
by a Maasai warrior, who will help you spot many colourful birds
and show you trees and plants that the Maasai use for making food
One day tour
Kerimasi mountain climb North of Engaruka is the green mountain
of Kerimasi. The climb takes three to four hours from the foot
to the summit. From the top, you see impressive views of Oldoinyo
Lengai, Lake Natron, the Ngorongoro highlands and the mountains
of Kitumbeine and Gelai. The descent takes about two hours.
Two day tour
Hike to Oldoinyo Lengai Conquer Oldoinyo Lengai or ‘the
mountain of God’ in Maasai parlance. On the first day, you
climb Kerimasi Mountain and descend on the north side to camp
at the foot of Oldoinyo Lengai, the only active volcano in Tanzania.
On the morning of the second day, start the 4-5 hour climb to
the top, where you an even enter the crater to watch the volcanic
activity. The descent takes about 2 1/2 hours.
Getting there: From Arusha, take a bus to Mto
wa Mbu, In the late afternoon, 4 x 4 cars drive you down the 63km
to Engaruka takes roughly 4 hours. (Income from tourist visits
will be used to improve the local primary
school and for conservation of the ruined city).
For further information contact:
Tel: + 255 787 228653 / 754 507939