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Longido Mountains Educational Hike

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.  

THE 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. 

OUR 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.

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