Mkuru – Arusha Region
Situated on the north side of Mount Meru, not far from the irrigated fields of Ngarenanyuki and the Momela gate of Arusha National Park, Mkuru Camel Camp is easily recognizable from a distance because of the pyramid shaped Ol Doinyo Landaree Mountain. A Maasai dominated region, there are traditional bomas scattered throughout and one gets to see the Maasai way of life. The area around the camp is alive with birds and small mammals, and zebra and giraffe in the plains to the north, which is also a corridor for elephants.
The following is on offer:
– Baboon cave safari
– Climbing Ol Doinyo Landaree
– Visit to a traditional healer
– A walk to Mguru, an archaeological place
Different tours can be organised:
Camel safaris ranging from one to six days can be arranged.
Mount Kilimanjaro safari
3 days / 2 nights from Mkuru to Ngare- Nairobi. This is an excellent trekking experience to the ‘Roof of Africa’ with Maasai guides through the elephant corridor and beautiful landscape rich in flora and fauna.
Mount Longido camel safari
3 days /2 nights from Mkuru to Longido. This is a short but intense adventure through the plains below Mt. Meru where the Maasai steppe becomes wild. You come across several pains game and birds.
Oldonyo Lengai safari
5 days / 4 nights from Kitumbaine to Oldonyo Lengai. This includes the adventure of riding a camel, sleeping in the bush and knowing the real Maasai culture. Reach Ngorongoro through the plains between Gelai and Kitumbaine mountains, which are full of wildlife. In the evenings, relax by the campfire, listening to the sounds of the savannah.
Lake Natron safari
7 days / 6 nights from Mkuru to Lake Natron pass the mountains of Kitumbaine and Gelai towards Lake Natron, which is full of flamingos. The Oldonyo Lengai will be the orientation point for the last 3 days of the safari. The animals, Maasai and dream landscapes make this safari a memorable experience. (For those with limited time, a camel safari of 1 night/2 days can be organised on request).
Getting there: The best way to reach the Mkuru Camel Camp is with a 4- wheel drive car. From Arusha, it is about 55 km. Follow the Arusha-Nairobi road towards Nairobi for about 45 km. 1 km after Oldonyo Sambu village, take a right turn on a rough road at the sign indicating the camp and follow the indications (Income from tourist visits will be used for paying salaries, guide fees, village contribution, running cost of the camp, trainings and transportation costs, improvement of education and life conditions of the Mkuru community).