Ilkurot – Arusha Region
Ilkurot is situated about 20 km west of Arusha town.
The following is on offer under this programme:
– A visit to a Maasai boma to see the traditional houses and lifestyle of the Maasai
– A visit to a Maasai holy tree where the Maasai offer sacrifices as part of rituals
– A traditional Maasai meal prepared by Maasai ladies. Delicacies include ‘nyama choma’ or barbequed meat, green vegetables, herbal tea, coffee, fresh milk, cassava, sweet potato, bread, eggs and fruits.
– A five-day safari, during which you can hire a camel or donkey to view animalsgiraffe, zebra, rabbit, hyena, Thomson’s gazelle and dik dik – and birds and watch the Maasai graze their cattle in scenic pastures.
– Watching Maasai dances, groups of artisans and their handicrafts, traditional healers and bee-keepers
– A visit to the Kilimamoto crater, Ngorora hill, waterfalls, valleys and Mt. Meru.
– Getting familiar with Swahili and Maasai terminology
– Talks with local society members
– A visit to a Maasai women’s handicraft group that makes ornaments from beads and natural products.
Tours at Ilkurot can be divided into three excursion categories:
1. Half day walking tour
2. Full day walking tour
3. Three or five day walking safari the visitor can choose any of the above options. (Note: Those wishing to stay overnight need to bring or hire camping equipment.)
Getting there: From Arusha, there are several public buses to Ngaramtoni. From there, take another bus to Oldonyo Sambu; on the way, get off at ‘Sitau’ and look out for the ‘Ilkurot’ signboard. (Income from tourist visits will be used to support the Ilkurot community and the preservation of the Maasai culture).