Sound of Music meets Maasai

 
Overall experience (2 reviews)

Overall experience (2 reviews)

"The village and the picturesque surroundings were a positive surprise. Lush rolling hills, villagers working on cornfields and the magnificent Mt. Meru looming in the distance."

"During the week we for example learnt how to milk a cow, how to cook chapatti, ugali and many other local cuisines, how to negociate the price for a cow, how to take care of your fields and how to count in swahili. "  Read more reviews

 

COMMUNITY

Farmers’ village on green hills
 

LIVELYHOOD

Farming and cattle

FAMOUS FOR

Breathtaking views and modern Maasai lifestyle

RELIGION

The village is Christian 

LANGUAGE

Swahili and very basic English skills

TRAVELLERS

Very unlikely to meet other foreigners

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3 nIGHTS IN likamba VILLAGE

120 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (day as a farmer on the fields)

  • Learning to milk a cow

  • Motorbike trip to a traditional Maasai village nearby

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN likamba VILLAGE

220 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (day as a farmer on the fields)

  • Learning to milk a cow

  • Motorbike trip to a traditional Maasai village nearby

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Hiking trip to a nearby hill with locals

  • Visiting the local school

  • Spending a day in Arusha with your local contacts Doreen and Suzzy (other costs such as dining in the city not included)

DUARA CONTACTs: doreen and suzzy

Doreen and Suzzy are your responsible English-speaking contact persons in Likamba. They make sure there is someone to meet you and introduce you to your host family. You can contact them in case you have questions before or during your stay.

We are two designers from Arusha. We are happy to be part of Duara team because we love to meet new people and make new friends. We promise you will enjoy your visit in Arusha – there is so much to enjoy here..”

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

The best and definitely the most fun way to get to Likamba is by motorbike, the meeting point is Njia ya Shule bus stop in Arusha. You reach the meeting point by taking a minibus from Arusha centre to Njia ya Shule (direction Ngaramtoni).

In case motorbikes freak you out, you can always take a taxi straight to Likamba.

 

OTHER things to do near Likamba village

Visit the traditional Maasai village nearby (included in the 6 nights stay).

Make day trip to a nearby lake. 

 


traveller RATINGS (2 in TOTAL):

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traveller REVIEWS

LAURA & EMILIA, finland
June 2016

"We had a great week in Likamba, Arusha. We stayed with mama and baba and their youngest children, but during the week we got to know their other children and grandchildren as well. We were able to take part their daily activities and learn about their life. During the week we for example learnt how to milk a cow, how to cook chapatti, ugali and many other local cuisines, how to negociate the price for a cow, how to take care of your fields and how to count in swahili. 

We had a room with double bed and mosquito net and family boiled us some water for washing every night. There was a possibilty to charge your phone with usb from solar panel, but no working sockets for computers etc. Family also took care that we always had something to eat and drink (really, we could have dealt few hours without cup of tea in our hands as well!). We were able to go for a walk in a beautiful neighbourhood any time and if we wanted, we were able to have some time alone as well, but at least we enjoyed spending most of our time with family and cooking, playing with children, relaxing or taking care of the house with them.

So, we are more than happy to recommend staying in Likamba, just take some drinking water, toilet paper, suncream for day time and woolly socks for cold nights with you, have a open mind and you are ready to go!"

 

JUHO & LINDA, FINLAND
MAY 2016

“We had no idea what to expect arriving to Likamba. We were welcomed by the friendly and super helpful Doreen and Suzzy. 

The village and the picturesque surroundings were a very positive surprise. Lush rolling hills, villagers working on cornfields and the magnificent Mt. Meru looming in the distance.

We were lived with Mama Jeremia and her kids. The accommodation was simple but well good enough for us. We communicated with broken swahili and Mama's equally bad english, but everything went well. The family felt a bit reserved at first but warmed up during the couple of days we spent in the village. The food was very simple, boiled sweet potatoes and cassava with tea in the morning, ugali in the afternoon and soup in the evening. The best meal was the chapati with greens and beans we had the other night with another family of the village. 

After hard traveling and social life we could have used a bit more privacy, but the curiosity of the children was very understandable, since in my understanding, not many mzungus had set foot in the village before us.

The most memorable moment of our stay was milking a cow while watching the sun rise from behind Meru.”


THE VILLAGE SAVINGS GROUP

One share of your payment goes to local savings group. In Likamba the group consists of women who support each other by giving out micro loans which help them to start or grow a micro business of their own.