Mkuru Camel Safari is a community-based cultural tourism initiative, directly managed by local people, under the umbrella of the Tanzania Tourist Board and supported by Oikos East Africa a local NGO which manages development projects which focus on environmental conservation, improvement of water supply, education and awareness on environmental issues and other initiatives of poverty alleviation.
Mkuru Camel Safari includes camel and walking safaris, as well as a wide variety of cultural events, with the objective of spreading the knowledge of natural and cultural resources of Mkuru/Mount Meru area, and distributing the benefits of tourism to rural communities.
The income of Mkuru Camel Safari remains 100% locally, to pay salaries, guide fees, village contribution, running cost of the camp, trainings and transportation costs. The Mkuru community receives benefits from two different incomes: from the development fee that the community manages by itself, to pay for school improvements, scholarships for secondary education and other costs to improve the life conditions of Mkuru community.
The second way MCS is distributing benefits is through the Boma visit fee, each tourist entering in a Boma, is paying a fee that goes direct to the family of that Boma.
Below is the Program:
Pick clients at 0730 in the morning at the Hotel/Lodge and drive to Ol’doinyoSambu (High way to Nairobi) driving time is 1.5 hours’ drive one way. Get briefed about the Camel ride, and then star the guide Camel tour by visit a baboon cave, which every night is hosting almost 300 baboons. In this place, where it is still possible to see a good example of a dam made in the colonial period, you will listen and observe the story of a traditional ritual in the life of Maasai men, after which they become stronger. Late in day ride back to the camp, then drive back to Arusha for drop off at your Lodge/Hotel.
Prices / included services
Pricing for the Mkuru Camel Safari (per person)
- Transport to and from Arusha/Moshi
- Parked Lunch & Bottle of Mineral Water
- Riding Camels safari, Guiding, development fee and visit MaasaiBoma
- Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, and traveler’s insurance
- Medical evacuation insurance
- Tips to guides and driver-guide