“Tanzania’s Melting Pot”

Complete immersion into a colorful world of languages and cultures

Moving logs by bicycle at Mto Wa Mbu village

Appearances can be deceiving. At first glance, the village of Mto Wa Mbu may look like a small backwater village, but spend some time in this curious little town and you’ll make discoveries and come upon surprises like no other place in Tanzania.

Imagine a village that is home to 120 tribes, a startling polyglot mix of cultures and languages found nowhere else. And all living peacefully, sharing their expertise in commerce, agriculture, and art.

Take a trip to this colorful intersection of banana plantations, food markets, art centers, workshops, and local eateries, and you’ll find yourself surprisingly immersed with the people, learning about their lifestyles, history, politics, and hearing their stories.

Situated near the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, Mto Wa Mbu is located on two wildlife paths used by vast numbers of animals during their migration. On your way to the village, don’t be surprised to find yourself amongst giraffe, wildebeest, elephants, zebra, and gazelle.

32 Types of Bananas

A tour of Mtu Wa Mbu is the perfect way to meet the locals and learn intriguing insider info, as your guide is likely from the village. A small fee may be charged at the various venues to support local projects like improvements to irrigation systems and implementing energy-efficient stoves.

At the village’s banana plantation, you’ll learn about the many uses for this versatile fruit and the unique farming practices employed. Along these fields and in the village you’ll see motorbikes zipping along, transporting the great bunches harvested here.

Plantation at Mto Wa Mbu in Tanzania
Watching handmade souvenirs being created on a Mto Wa Mbu cultural village experience

Art And Youth

Here is another surprise you might not expect to find in a small village set apart from metropolitan life. Mtu Wa Mbu supports an active and colorful youth arts project. A visit here will bring you face-to-face with these young and enthusiastic artists who are only too happy to tell you about their work and their techniques. Take plenty of photos and if you wish, you can purchase their artwork.

The Makonde

Known for their delicate masks, figurines, and more, we’ll stop at the workshop of this creative tribe, the Makonde. They’ll explain their techniques and show the different types of native woods used in their craft, while also explaining the historical influences expressed by their artwork. They’ll even help you try your hand at carving and you can purchase items here as souvenirs.

A woman of the Mokonde people of Tanzania
Safari tourists taking a tuktuk ride to Mto Wa Mbu in Tanzania

Don’t Miss

Miwaleni Lake & Waterfall – swim in the lake at the base of the falls, surrounded by startling 2,000-year-old baobab trees.

Maasai Village – visit a nearby community and meet the tribe members, learning about their culture and lifestyle.

Bike ride or tuk-tuk – take an easy bike ride or relax in a tuk-tuk (a small motorized rickshaw) to beautiful Lake Manyara.

Survey: Mto Wa Mbu

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Mto Wa Mbu means ‘Mosquito River’, perhaps because of the plentiful water sources surrounding the town. But not to worry, you won’t find many mosquitos at all in this charming village.

This is Mto Wa Mbu

An unexpected stopover while on safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, Mto Wa Mbu is a complete immersion into a colorful world of languages and cultures. Commerce, agriculture, and art thrive in this most unusual of African villages. Don’t miss it!

Join us at Mto Wa Mbu

Africa Kenya Safaris offers journeys to Mto Wa Mbu and other attractions in the region. Just contact us to get your safari started.

Here are some of our tours bringing you to Mto Wa Mbu:   


Africa safari tours in Tanzania
(With possible stopover at Mto Wa Mbu)

Here are some of our combined Kenya & Tanzania safaris

Kenya or Tanzania? Which country has the best national parks and the most exciting wildlife?

We think they both do – that’s why we created these immersive tours exploring the two greatest wildlife environments in Africa.

4 parks: Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara

4 Parks: Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro

5 parks: Masai Mara, Lake Victoria/Serengeti/Ngorongoro, & Tarangire 

Video credits: Tanzania Tourism on YouTube

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