This 4-day Monduli Juu trek comprises of a few days of trekking in Maasai land. You will get a chance to mingle with the Maasai and learn more about their culture, way of life and get a feel of the surrounding environment, its natural beauty and splendour. Monduli may not be so popular but it plays host to some of the popular hills and mountains in Tanzania. The Monduli region lies to the North of Tanzania, close to the Kenyan border.
Be ready to spot a few wild animals like giraffes, zebras and plenty of bird species as you breathe in the fresh air that comes with its natural environment. The Monduli region is characterized by amazing landscapes: grassland plains, rift valley, lush rainforest, the Monduli hills and Mountains like the Ol Donyo Lengai.
4 Days Monduli Juu, Tanzania Trek
- Experience Cultural immersion as you interact with the Maasai.
- Learn the Maasai way of life and some Maa language
- Experience the scenic beauty of the natural Monduli environment.
- make stories around the bush campfire as you chat the night away
- Enjoy the star gaze at night from the sky above Monduli Juu
- Take nature walks on paths leading to hills and valleys
- Wildlife and bird watching
The Monduli Mountains are a safe destination for hiking, walking and trekking that is home to many species of wildlife and birds.
About Monduli Juu
Located approximately 50km to the Western Side of Arusha Town, Monduli Juu is an administrative ward within the entire Monduli district of the Arusha Region in Tanzania, the Southernmost country in the East African region. Monduli Juu in its entirety stretches from Esilalei to Engaruka, Lolkisale, Longido, Makuyuni, Mto was Mbu, Tinga Tinga up to Namanga on the border of Kenya and Tanzania.
Monduli Juu comprises of 4 traditional Maasai Villages along the Monduli mountains to the northwestern side of Arusha town. Those four villages are the Emairete, Enguiki, Eluwai and Mfereji villages. The Emairete village of Monduli Juu is held sacred by the native Maasai people and it lies along a volcanic crater.
Activities at Monduli Juu ( Upper Monduli)
Emairete village, located about 9km from Monduli town plays the role of being the base camp for trekking activities at Monduli Juu and its mountains as it is where most of these activities begin because you will find many campsites and spaces here.
There are plenty of activities that can be done at Monduli Juu and apart from trekking, you can as well visit the nearby villages for cultural tours, visit traditional doctors, see a Maasai school or eat roasted meat that has been grilled the Maasai way in a bush orpul (Maasai camp where men go to eat meat). Sightseeing tours are another activity that attracts tourists to Monduli where they go to get a splendid view of the Rift valley plains along the escarpment.
Monduli Juu Village Sunday Market
The Monduli Juu Village Market also known as the Red Market is open only on Sundays. It is situated and held along the road that heads to the Serengeti National Park. Every given Sunday all roads and paths from the neighbouring villages lead to the market with buyers and sellers being made up of the Maasai people, usually dressed in Red Maasai blankets (Shukas). most of them barter trade amongst themselves while some use money in the form of the Tanzanian currency. Here at the market, you will find domestic animals like goats, sheep and even cows at display and ready for sale. Other commodities sold here include soap, vegetables, grains and cooking oil. Things at display at the market may seem like a stage-managed for tourists but to the locals, this is their way of life and a way of earning an honest living for traders. Goat auctions take place on the football/soccer field with a normal occurrence of the presence of donkeys being lead by women carrying bags of rice, cereals etc. The mo0de of transport mainly used by the Maasai coming from far away distances like Arusha town and the neighbouring small towns like Kisongo is the use of public minibuses commonly known as “Dala Dala” in Tanzania.
Accommodation: Accommodation at Monduli Juu is mainly camping at campsites although the Maasai are very welcoming and accommodating in their Maasai Bomas. We do recommend that you bring your own camping equipment and sleeping bags from Arusha or Moshi.