Monduli Juu

Cultural Tourism Programme


Karibu! Welcome to the mountainous areas of Monduli Juu, where you can experience the original Maasai Culture in different adventurous ways.


We, Maasai of Monduli Juu, are happy to offer you:


§       A visit to the Sominen, Emairete and Sokoine dams with their different splendid bird life

§       A climbing trip through the evergreen rain forest

§       A rest at astonishing panorama’s, overlooking the Rift Valley, Oldonyo Lengai, Lake Natron…

§       A warm welcome in Naramatu: a small “factory” where Maasai women make Maasai jewels

§       Traditional “nyama choma”  with  our Maasai warriors in “Orpul”  (Maasai  meat camp)

§       The story of the secret differences between Maasai and Waarusha


The profit of this CTP program will be used to set up and running  a Kintergarten in Monduli Juu.


A Cultural Tourism Programme executed with advice from SNV - the Netherlands Development Organisation and the Tanzanian Tourist Board.


Introduction – short history

Monduli Juu is situated 50 km North West of Arusha on the road to the National Parks of Ngorongoro and Serengeti. The Monduli mountains together with Monduli town lie on the right hand side (North) if you are heading to these Parks.  Monduli is the capital of Monduli district and is a town where you’ll have to pass when you are going to Monduli Juu. The name “Monduli” originates from a place in Monduli Juu where a wealthy Maasai ancester called “Munduli” used to live in former German colonial times.


Monduli Juu is a cluster of four small Maasai villages namely Emairete, Enguiki, Eluwai and Mfereji. Emairete consists of a wonderful crater where –in former times- the cattle of only medicine men were supposed to graze. Enguiki village is named after its famous pastures (special grass) but there is nobody who knows if it is still there. Eluwai is a village called after the trees where certain small ants have their habitat and that are whistling in the wind. Mfereji is a village down the escarpment that –a long time ago- developed from a place where a South African lived who pulled a ditch down to bring water from the Monduli mountains.


How to get there

From Arusha bus stand (“standi kubwa”) busses are going to Monduli town (where you ask for Mama Esther), from where a 4x4-vehicle can bring you 10 km upwards to Monduli Juu (Emairete market) where you ask for Naramatu Maasai Jewel market. The trip Arusha-Monduli Juu should take not more than 1,5 hours by private car.


Walking and Climbing Tours

There are tours available for ½ day, a full day, 2, 3 and 4 days, and they are as classified hereunder.


Half day trip “A” – Climbing the “Kona Saba” escarpment

The trip starts in Mfereji village from where you visit a Maasai boma. From there you walk through typical tree savannah to the foot of the escarpment. Climbing the “Kona Saba” (Seven Corners) escarpment  is not difficult if you wear good walking shoes. From the escarpment you can oversee the wonderful panorama from Rift Valley, over Kitumbeine,  Longido, up to Mount Kilimanjaro.  Arrival at the “Norkuman” camping site from where you will be picked up.


Half day trip “B” – The Monduli Evergreen Rain Forest

Starting point is the Eye Hospital in Emairete at the edge of the forest from where you walk to Kilele, the first peak in the Monduli mountains. On the way you’ll get acquainted to specific tree (e.g. fig tree…) and animal species (e.g. bushbuck,  weavers, … even elephants). You proceed to a water source in the middle of the forest and continue up to Enguiki Primary School and Dispensary from where you’ll be picked up at Bismarck’s place.


Full day trip – Walking from Emairete to Enguiki

The trip starts at Emairete dam (abondant bird life) from where you walk passing the Maasai Church, the Primary School,  Kintergarten Project up to Naramatu (Maasai Jewels), where you can get tea. Going further up the mountain  to the fully equipped Eye Hospital from where you can admire the wonderful Monduli Juu panorama. After lunch in a Maasai boma the trip leads near the forest to Enguiki Primary School and Dispensary from where you’ll be picked up at a Maasai boma. Along the road the guide  will explain to you the secret differences between Maasai and Waarusha. Safe accommodation for a night can be arranged.


Two day trip – Walking from Ilmorijo to Olkarya

Esserian Maasai Camp in Ilmorijo (Emairete)  is a fairly  well equipped camp site with panorama on the Rift Valley, Mount Keremasi, Oldonyo Lengai and Lake Natron. From here the first day you will descend to the wonderful Sominen dam site. You will also  visit a Maasai boma and “Orpul”,  a traditional Maasai  meat camp.  Overnight in Esserian Maasai Camp. The second day is a daytrip to Olkarya (the red clay that Maasai use to color their face and hair) from where you’ll be picked up.


Three day trip – Walking from Ilmorijo to Enguiki

The first day is similar to the above: visit to the Sominem dam site and overnight in the better equipped Esserian Maasai Camp Site. The second day the trip via the O’Liyamei Valley, Sokoine dam and dipping tank is at the same time challenging and beautiful. Overnight in Naramatu Camp. The third day the trip goes to Enguiki over the Eye Hospital and Monduli Forest.


Four day trip – Comprehensive trip from Enguiki “Norkuman”

Basic Camp for the 3 nights is Norkuman (“Hill of the Clubs”) in Enguiki village. The first day you visit the famous water hole and you check the extensive panorama from the escarpment “Kona Saba” where you can see Mount Longido, Kilimanjaro, Meru and Kitumbeine very clearly. In the evening a Maasai elder will  tell a wonderful story for those who want. The second day you go down to Mfereji and visit a Maasai boma  (cfr. Halfday trip “A”) and come back to Norkuman the same day. The third day you visit Enguiki village with its Primary School, Dispensary and you make a trip through Monduli forest. Overnight at Jackson Camp. The last and fourth day you pay a visit to Emairete  village with its Eye Hospital, Primary School, Dispensary and the Kintergarten Project. After lunch in Naramatu you’ll be picked by your driver.


Compose your own trip:

We are happy to arrange a customized tour to satisfy your preferences if you wish to focus on certain aspects.  For those interested in climbing-trips: it is possible and advisable to climb Komoloniki  (i.e.  the Monduli Mountains)  or Tarosero trough CTP Monduli Juu. On Saturdays you can improve your stay by enjoying the colourful Maasai market in Emairete.



Taking into consideration that all our guides are Maasai they speak reasonable good English. They are familiar with the area and can tell you many stories about history and daily life of the Maasai and Waarusha people. Please you are advised not to walk with unauthorized guides. Our guides wear an identity card of the Cultural Tourism Program. Always demand receipts for any payment, that will help to ensure that your fees go towards development activities in our villages.



In Monduli Juu there are 4 local families that can offer camping sites. Three of them have basic standards and no running water. The one in Ilmorijo (Esserian Camp Site) is fairly good equipped and has running water when ordered in time.



Meals are prepared by local families. The women can make various traditional African meals but can serve western food as well according to taste. Meals are prepared in clean conditions.


Recommended equipment

Good walking shoes, cap, suncream and drinking water. Optional are binoculars if interested in bird life. If you want to sleep over you’ll need camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag with matress … anti-malaria pills and torch. Water and fire wood available on site.


Responsible tourism

Nature is precious. Villagers are asking visitors to leave as few as possible litter on their journey. Our culture is also precious. Please respect the customs of the people so that tourism will not disturb our culture. Ask your guide’s advice before taking photo’s etc.


Development fee is used for…

Setting up and running a Kintergarten in Emairete and Enguiki Villages. In the whole of Monduli Juu there is not one single Kintergarten. In order to give also some education to their youngest children, the Maasai want now to start their own Kintergarten in Emairete and Enguiki.



For Further Information

Please contact :

-your tour operator; or
-dial direct 0741- 510 170 or 400 992; or

-TTB Information Centre in Arusha:

Boma road, Tel. 027-2503842/3; or

-CTP e-mail:                                                                                                                                or direct e-mail:

- Website: