OCTI is part of Osotwa Mount Meru
Community-Based Conservation with the local Community to improve
the environment around Mount Meru through advocacy, tree planting
education and mobilization of community groups women and young people.
On offer are the following:
- Walking tour – Experience the local environment and culture,
plant and bird species, and local languages.
- Maasai Cultural Boma visit – Learn about the construction
of local mud huts, the Maasai people’s literature and ritual
ceremonies, agro-forestry activities and folktales.
- Traditional healer visit – Learn about Maasai herbal medicines.
- Sites of traditional rituals – Visit the magnificent sacred
fig tree where the local Maasai have worshipped for over 300 years.
- Maasai livestock and colorful market
– Visit and enjoy the many colors and products of the local
market, and see livestock being traded by the hundreds of Maasai
The itinerary may vary depending on visitor’s request of
half day, full day or multiple day options. (Market visits are
only on Thursdays and Sundays.)
All nature tour includes explanations of local flora and fauna
by educated guides. OCTI offers several walking tours of local
indigenous forest and conservation projects.
Sambasha Hill tour
This is a 4-5 hours return trip through local Maasai villages
and indigenous forest to the summit at 2,200m above sea level.
Enjoy great views from the summit of the dormant volcanic crater
which is frequented by black and white colobus monkeys and a stunning
variety of birds.
Kitaakuu Hill – Join Forest
Enjoy a 6–7 hours journey to one of Osotwa’s community
conservation project which mixes with a lush catchments forest
that climbs the western slope of Mount Meru. This area is rich
in birdlife and black and white colobus monkeys. This walk can
be combined with the Sambasha hill tour, Boma visit and the school
projects, i.e., a full day tour or a full day and one night tour.
Other things to note:
Accommodation can be arranged or camping gear hired or a stay
in permanent tents organized. If you opt for a multiple tour,
home stay can be arranged. Binoculars are provided for bird spotting
and Maasai walking sticks to assist your safari.
Getting there: The Osotwa office is located
in the rural environment of Olmotonyi (the former Meru/ Usa-River
forest plantation headquarter). It is walking distance of about
4 kms from the daladala bus stand in Ngaramtoni. If desired, the
Osotwa guides can meet you in Arusha town. (Income from tourist
will be used to support environmentally responsible tourism, environmental
conservation and alleviation of rural poverty in this region.)
For further information contact:
Tel: + 255 754 960505 / 756 346739