Ng’iresi is situated 7 km
out of Arusha, on the slopes of Mt. Meru. It is inhabited by farmers
of the Waarusha tribe.
The villages of Ng’iresia and Olgilai have the
following on offer for visitors:
- A guided tour to farms on the lush slopes of Mt. Meru
- A visit to several development projects in the village-soil
conservation, irrigation, crossbreeding, bio-gas
- A climb to Kivesi Hill, an old volcano with a natural forest
on the top
- A glimpse of the Wa-arusha culture
- A walk to Songoto and Navuru waterfalls
- A delicious lunch and dinner prepared by the Juhudi Women’s
Group Different tours have been organized.
Visitors can choose between half and full day tours:
Half Day Tours
1. Village tour
Visit Mzee Loti’s farm for a coffee and tea and get an explanation
on bio-gas, cross-breeding and soil conservation projects on the
farm. Walk to the nearby bomas to see the various styles of traditional
Maasai and Wa-arusha houses and enjoy a beautiful view of Arusha
town and the surrounding Maasai plain. Descend Lekimana Hill to
visit the Ng’iresi primary school and return to Loti’s
farm for lunch.
2. Songota waterfall
The tour starts from Kwangulelo bust stop. A 45 minutes walk takes
you to the Songoto waterfall in Oldadai village. Visit Mzee Loti’s
farm and visit the biogas and soil conservation projects, traditional
houses and school.
Full day tours
Navuru waterfall and village tour
From Mzee Loti’s farm, do the half day tour combined with
a walk to the Olgilai forest reserve. A small path leads you to
the steep conyon of the Themi River. Cross the river to reach
the Nuvuru waterfall.
Village and Forest tour
The village tour can be combined with a visit to the forest on
the higher slopes of Mt. Meru. The spring waters that are the
main source of water for the village commence here. At the edge
of the forest, meet a traditional healer.
Two day tour
After a full day tour, spend the night camping at Mzee Loti’s
farm. Next morning, start for a climb to Kivesi Hill. Descend
on the other side and return to Arusha. Other tours can be arranged
on request. A traditional medicine tour is an interesting option,
in which you meet a traditional healer and walk along the slopes
of Mt. Meru collecting herbs and plants that have been used by
the local for thousands of years. The guide will help in identifying
and collecting samples of the different species.
Getting there: Tours to Ng’iresi can be
organized through Tanzania Tourist Board in Dar es Salaam or TTB
information Cente in Arusha or through local tour operators. (Income
from tourist visit will be used to improve the local primary schools
and quality of education.)
For further information contact:
Tel: + 255 754 476079, + 255 754 320966