Ilkidin’ga is among the small villages that surround mount Meru and yet offer valuable cultural programs in Tanzania. It was initiated two hundred years ago by elders, because of moving from one place to another and living communal life. Ilkidin’ga area was a forest and full of wild animals so the Maasai leader those days called masarie advised his people to live together for the aim of protecting themselves from wild animals. This act of living together resulted to other Maasai people calling this group “Iltung’ana looiding’a” which means over crowded/congested.
Start your tour from the hotel and drive to ilkiding’a approx. 30minutes from Arusha town. You will be welcomed at Eliakimu’s house which has been selected to be a reception for tourist who visiting this village. Here you will hear the history of this village with its people and walk to Sembeo’s household where several traditionally round house built, get to know how an extended family lives together. The view of the Ngarenaro valley and Leleto hill is beautiful and the presence of Mount Meru makes it unique. Sembeo will show you how they make knives and will explain how he runs his business.
The village is reach with different activities which you can spend up to six days without turn to the first point like waterfalls, hike the hills around Mount Meru, mountain bike/cycling. Spend nights with local people into their house.
Visit to Orpul, where you will witness how Masai SLAUGHTER GOAT and you will participate on roasting and test the meat together. During this time Eliakimu’s will explain the meaning of Orpul.
Know how Maasai cure various deceases, Traditional Healer (Medicine men)
You will have an opportunity to learn how to prepare & test tradition dishes together with Maasai woman, along with traditional dance.
Mainyoito Women Group . This group has been making beadwork and the income generated from this work goes to provide much needed daily essentials like food, medication, school fees and supplies. Buying their handcrafts to support them.