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Arusha Airport Transfers to Mto wa Mbu

Arusha Airport Transfers to Mto wa Mbu

Arusha transfers to Mto wa Mbu

We offer taxi, mini-bus and chauffeur driven executive transfers throughout Tanzania, neighboring countries, and Between Cities of Tanzania. For individuals, groups and companies looking for transfers to or from the all the airports in Tanzania; And for those looking for transfers between the all Tanzania cities; ArushaDar-es-salaamTangaMwanzaMbeyaDodoma  and Kilimanjaro airport which serves Arusha and Moshi

All of our cars and mini-buses are comfortable and fully air-conditioned. When you travel with us you will be assured of a reliable and professional service and to arrive at your destination relaxed and on time.

Please feel free to E-mail ( us for further details, proving and to discuss your taxi transfer requirements.

Map of Arusha to Mto wa Mbu

Frequently Asked Questions

Road-based safaris use closed 4WD’s, typically Toyota Landcruisers with a pop-top roof. For fly-in safaris, a combination of light aircraft and open-sided 4WD’s with a sun canopy, are used. Open-sided 4WD’s vehicles offer greater visibility and provide unobstructed photography opportunities in all directions.

On average, a Tanzania safari costs $ 200 USD per person per day. Midrange Price: is from $ 350 USD per person per day. Tanzania Luxury Safari Price is: from $ 600 USD per person per day. 

Ngorongoro Crater: Haven for the Big 5

It’s renowned for delivering the easiest and most reliable Big 5 sightings in East Africa, and is provides what is arguably the best safari in Tanzania.

When on safari in an open vehicle there is nothing between you and Africa’s wilderness and wildlife. Sounds are more easily heard, smells are easier to pick up, and most importantly it is far easier to take photos and follow animals as they move around.

YES! A self-drive safari through Tanzania offers the chance to discover the stunning sceneries, many animals and cultures of Tanzania on your own. Enjoy Tanzania at your own pace with a 4WD jeep provided by Explore Tanzania! Explore Tanzania offers a reliable 4WD car, so you can start your own carefree adventure.

Public buses and private transfers from Arusha. There are no air or rail links in or around Mto wa Mbu.

Mto wa Mbu can be visited all year around, but as you will normally be visiting Mto wa Mbu in combination or as as a base for safaris in the adjacent National Parks, it is best to stick to the dry season from June to October. Due to the Ngorongoro Crater’s special geography, animal sighting is good all year around but from June to October the grass is shorter, making it easier to spot animals. This is also true for Lake Manyara, although both parks become beautifully luscious and green in the wet season. Especially Ngorongoro Crater can get very crowded in the dry season, so you might find it a bit nicer in the wet season. Some roads can get too muddy and thus unpassable in the wet season but this should not overall take away from your safari experience. 

The dominant tribe in Karatu are the Iraqw, a predominantly Christian people. Their language is linguistically specific as it has its origins in Ethiopia. They are agricultural people and benefit from selling cultural products such as pottery to tourists in the Ngorongoro area. 

The Hadzabe Bushmen live around Lake Eyasi and are one of the last remaining hunting and gathering people in East Africa. Only around 1000 still live around the Lake, as the Tanzanian government is slowly encroaching on their terrain. A visit to the Hadzabe feels like a jump back in time. Their language is called Hadzane and relies on click sounds.

The Datoga also live close to Lake Eyasi and are agriculturalists and craftsmen. They have a warrior reputation and are most known for the circular tattoos on their faces. They are extremely isolated and only 5% speak Swahili, Tanzania’s national language. Literacy and education rates are extremely low. Their language has Ethiopian and South Sudanese roots and they are believed to have migrated south thousands of years ago.

The village is located in Northern Tanzania 120km (74 miles) away from the town of Arusha, by tarred road. There is regular bus transport between the village and Arusha or visitors can fly-in to Lake Manyara airstrip. The main water sources in the area are the Mahamoud, Kirurumu and Magadini Rivers.

Cultural Programme and Eco-Tourism

Mto Wa Mbu Village has a very active cultural programme that seeks to show visitors the traditional way of life of the villagers through various activities and also a range of community projects that are in place. You can visit top spots in the area, taste Tanzanian foods and experience authentic cultural interaction.

A small fee is charged for each activity which is then used to support income-generating projects such as the production of energy-efficient stoves and the development of irrigation systems. Students will find the village and its people to be a great resource for information on Tanzania. Everyday topics can be explored as well as more complex subjects like politics, history and culture, wildlife and legends.

There are a number of excellent walking, hiking and biking tours offered in the village ranging in length from a couple of hours to a full day (bikes can be hired in the village):

  • Village Tour – try banana beer, visit a traditional home, learn about Makonde carving
  • Village Lunch – enjoy a home-cooked meal the traditional way
  • Farm Visit – discover what the villagers grow and how they do it
  • Maasai Tour – visit a traditional boma (enclosure), interact with tribal members in various activities
  • Maasai Market -weekly market on Thursday afternoons or the monthly market on the 22nd
  • Balaa Hill – this is a climb up the Rift Valley Wall for magnificent views and good birding
  • Miwaleni Lake and Waterfall – see ancient Baobab trees and swim in the pool below the falls
  • Lake Manyara – bike through a wildlife corridor to the shores of the lake


Mto Wa Mbu Village is located in the midst of 2 wildlife corridors – age old paths that animals use for migration. Animals commonly seen in the area include Elephant, Hippo, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelle as well as Monkey and Baboon. The Big Five can also be seen in nearby national parks.

Looking for a convenient stopover on the Northern Safari Circuit in Tanzania? Look no further than Mto Wa Mbu Village. You’ll find authentic cultural interaction, great tours and Lake Manyara National Park on your doorstep.

Mto Wa Mbu Village offers a very rare experience for visitors! Around 120 tribes reside in the village – it’s a cross-cultural melting pot with probably the most exotic mix of languages and customs found anywhere in Tanzania. When you enjoy a visit to the village you’ll be in the heart of the Northern Safari Circuit in Tanzania, so time spent here will be a welcome respite from your safari activities.

Mto Wa Mbu Village is very close to Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park in the Great Rift Valley. The village is surrounded by magnificent scenery and situated on the main road which leads to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area.

Bustling with a variety of cultures from around Tanzania, the little town of Mto Wa Mbu , a local agricultural hub, the town is famous for its crops of rice and the distinctive red bananas that Tanzania is known for. A half-day tour of the town in the company of a local guide gives travellers the opportunity to interact with local farmers, as well as artisans, craftsmen and painters. A sampling of the local banana beer adds a unique taste of local flavour.

This cross-cultural melting pot is home to approximately 120 tribes. A bustling, thriving village, it is fascinating to hear the colourful blend of languages and witness first-hand the unique customs. Cultural diversity is seen in the various entrepreneurial ways including a farmer from Kigoma producing palm oil from palm trees that he purchased from the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and the Rangi creating colourful, beautiful mats and baskets using papyrus from the lakes and rivers.

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Where to Stay in Mto wa Mbu?

Mto wa Mbu is perfect for a few days to visit surrounding national parks, Lake Manyara, Eyasi, Kararu and learn more about the local cultures. Many tourists choose to stay in Mto wa Mbu as it can be cheaper than staying within the National Parks. Accommodation in Mto wa Mbu can be cheaper than in the national parks, and thus many people opt for staying in the town. If you are strapped for time, this means however that you will need to do more driving everyday, possibly being quite tiring for you. 

Discover the best hotels in Mto wa Mbu, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha Region including Morona Hill Lodge, Manyara’s Secret, Panorama Safari Camp, Kizumba Camp Site, Fig Tree Lodge & Camp, Kizumba Tented and Campsite, Africa Safari Camping Mto wa Mbu, Twiga Lodge & Campsite, Eco Boma Camp, Lake Manyara Motto Cottages.