Longido Mountain is located in Northern Tanzania 100 km
from Arusha. At the base of the mountain is Longido Village and other small Maasai bomas
(huts). The area is a traditional Maasai pastoral land and the mountain plays a large
part in the local culture's mystique and history. At Longido, Maasai guides can take you
for walks on the slopes of the mountain and on the surrounding plains. The landscape
consists of dramatic acacia plains and mountain forests with excellent views of Mt.
Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, and the nearby Black Mountains of Kenya. In addition to a variety
of mammals such as eland, buffalo, elephants, giraffe, kudu, impala and the rare leopard,
Longido is a terrific place to view birds - hornbills, trogans, barbets, sunbirds, and
turacos inhabit its ecosystem. While visiting Longido, you are guided by local Maasai
guides, and on each trip fees are contributed towards a village development fund which
assists the local community.
KLUB AFRIKO HAS A SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH THE LONGIDO COMMUNITY TO BRING
TOURISTS TO THEIR AREA. WE HAVE WORKED HARD
TO INTRODUCE CULTURAL TOURISM HERE SO THAT
THE LOCAL PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE BENEFITS OF PRESERVING THEIR ENVIRONMENT AND
CULTURAL HISTORY. WE PAY SPECIAL COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT FEES FOR EACH CLIENT WE BRING, WHICH GOES TO HELP BUILD SCHOOLS, CLINICS OR
DEVELOP OTHER PROJECTS THAT THE COMMUNITY CHOOSES.
FEES ALSO COVER THE COST TO SET UP OUR PRIVATE LUXURY CAMPS IN THEIR BOMAS. THESE CAMPS INCLUDE LARGE CANVAS
TENTS, BEDS, HOT SHOWERS AND COMMODE TOILETS. OUR
COOKS PREPARE UNFORGETTABLE MEALS THAT SUIT YOUR INTERESTS OR DIETARY NEEDS. THE CAMP CREW
IS EVER-READY TO HELP YOU OR BRING YOU TEA OR COFFEE.
IT IS A RELAXING BASE CAMP, FROM WHICH
TO EXPLORE THE AREA FOR WILDLIFE AND FOR MEETING LOCAL PEOPLE.
GUIDES (WHO HAVE BEEN HIRED FROM THE VILLAGE) WILL TAKE YOU FOR NATURE WALKS AND VISITS TO
THE MAASAI. YOU CAN TALK (THROUGH THE
INTERPRETERS) TO THE TRADITIONAL HEALERS, THE WARRIORS, AND THE WOMEN AS THEY PREPARE
THEIR LOVELY BEADED JEWELRY. THIS IS A UNIQUE
OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY LEARN ABOUT MAASAI CULTURE FIRST-HAND.
The Longido Hike can consist of 4 days with
accommodation in tents or at Maasai bomas. A suggested itinerary is:
Day 1: Leave Arusha in the morning
and arrive to Longido Village for lunch. An afternoon hike around the village and up to
the waterline on the slopes of the mountain. Return to a dinner prepared by a Maasai
Women's Cooperative in the Village.
Day 2: Leave early for a full day
walk around Longido Mountain. We will carry a packed lunch for the caves on the cliff and
relax at this viewpoint. In the afternoon we continue our walk to the west side of the
mountain and camp.
Day 3: A full day
climb of the mountain. This climb is difficult filled with bushwhacking, scrambling, and
the ever-present buffalo. At the summit there are incredible views of Mt. Meru, Mt.
Kilimanjaro, the Black Hills of Kenya, and on clear mornings the waters of Lake Natron.
Return to camp in the late afternoon.
Day 4: An early morning walk in the
acacia woodlands surrounding the mountain. After lunch return to Arusha for a dinner at
Klub Afriko and accommodation in town.