Mto-wa-Mbu is situated adjacent to Lake Manyara National Park, and is the only point in Africa where 4 languages meets; the Nilotes, Cushites, Bantu and Hamites; a unique cultural feature in the world.
The small town lies within the east African Valley, about 120 km from Arusha City. Mto-wa-Mbu inhabits more than 18,000 thousand people in which there are 120 tribes. Massai being the original inhabitants of the area. Mto-wa-Mbu flourishes in the presence of three great rivers namely, Kirurumu river, Mahamoud River And Magadini river.
The word Mto-wa-Mbu literally means “Mosquito River”
The village is among the most active villages in northern Tanzania. A location in Tanzania where anthropology is at its most diverse. Visit to a Massai boma; see some local dancing, visit the market, views school and community projects. The true experience of a most complex cultural experience in Africa is a gift hard to forget in your life.
And it is here where you get a chance to hike the Great Rift Valley wall and view the beautiful Lake Manyara, referred to by Ernest Hemingway as “the most beautiful in Africa.”
It is the best stop over for tourist touring on the way to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorngoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park. Mto-wa-Mbu borders Lake Manyara National Park to east-south side and the Lake itself.
Mto-wa-Mbu exports mainly bananas. There are over thirty species of Banana in the village being introduced from various part of the country mainly Kagera and Mbeya region.