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.)