This is an 8 hours trip for people in good
walking condition. The guide will pick you up at your hotel in
the morning. Along narrow paths, passing the suburbs of town,
you walk uphill till the starting point and connect with the full
South – west Meru Cultural Hike
– 3 day’s
The first day you walk up hill
town towards at Mainyoito women group place where you will have
lunch. Afterwards you cross the Ngarenaro River and walk through
Milk-hasi Forest towards Njeche campsite, where you will spend
The second day you go to the
water fall and walk up hill in the forest towards Oloigeruno Village
where you will have lunch. Walk further towards IIkisongo where
you will spend the night at the campsite.
The third day you walk down
towards Kimnyak and ngaramtoni where on Thursday’s and Sunday’s
Maasai come from far away in different places for the market.
These days you will have barbeque and learn what Maasai people
trade most these days. After lunch walk or drive back to Arusha.
Our trip has two different kind of accommodation.
The first one is campsite and the second one is by staying in
local houses. We have camping gears which we can rent for you
in an affordable price.
All our meals are served while hot and we also
care for the people with special request of diet. We provide meals
with fresh season fruits. Each day you will be provided with 1.5
litres of bottle drinking water on this tour. We appreciate a
three days advance booking for this trip.
We can do the same tour above for a day using mountain bikes for
those people who are keen in bike riding and return in the late
The natural environment is precious. The villagers asking visitors
not to leave litter on their journey. Always take rubbish back
to your starting point or to place the guides will assign you.
While swimming in our rivers don’t use soap, the water comes
pure from the mountain and people living down hill are using this
water for daily use. Our culture is also precious. Please respect
the customs of the people so that tourism will not disturb our
culture. Decent clothing and behavior is required. Ask your guides
permission before you take photo, so that nobody will be offended.
The guides are all youngsters born and raised in the village.
They all finished secondary education and are familiar with English.
Most of them are members of the Maasai E.N. MASARIE art and cultural
group. They were honored to be chosen by the authorities to welcome
President Bill Clinton of USA at the airport. All the guides of
the Cultural Tourism programme can be recognized through an identity
card and you are strong advised not to walk with unauthorized
How to get there
Ilkiding’a lies at 7 km north of Arusha town, a 20 minutes’
drive. At Mianzini junction cars can be hired. Walking is also
possible but it will take you 2 hours to reach the starting point.
From Arusha town, take the small road North at the Ilboru junction
on the Nairobi – Moshi Road. Follow the Ilboru Safari Lodge
sign as you leave the signboard of the Ilkiding'a Secondary School
on you right. Follow the main road, leaving the signboard of the
Ekenywa secondary school on your left, follow the main road, at
the primary school of Ilkiding’a on the left close to the
Ilkiding’a Lutheran church, and go left. From here you go
to Eliakimu house twenty minutes walking or 4 minutes driving.