Great Rift Valley trekking
The Rift Valley runs through the whole of Tanzania (actually from Mozambique to Ethiopia). The steep Rift wall is wonderful to see in many places . A Great Rift Valley trekking means you are walking in the cradle of mankind, you find yourself back in time, when mankind started to walk to other continents. Being with the zebras and giraffes gives you a peaceful Zen-feeling. And the strange, shy gerenuk -an antilope with a long neck- looks like an alien. Masai walk with their herds of cows, goats and sheep every day for miles in search of vegetation. Walking here is quite normal and natural. Why would you not be here; try it!
The family of Jacob lives in Monduli highland, which is adjacent to the Rift Valley.
Monduli Juu is the Masai village where Jacob is born and raised and where his family lives. The people are cattle-handlers living traditionally in grass-roof houses. Some buildings have real roofs, like the school and dispensary. The village is surrounded by a beautiful landscape and forest, next to the Great Rift Valley.
You can make a walking safari through the Masai village, with enough time to talk with them and visit their “emanyata” or settlement, the school and the small agricultural grounds. You can learn about their culture from our local English-speaking Masai guide. A visit to the medicine man is quite an experience, you should not miss.
A walk in the Valley among herds of cows, sheep and goats with their shepherds (men, women, children) will give you the feeling of being one of the first humans on earth. They consider it just normal to meet giraffes, zebras, gerenuks and birds in a world without cars and noise.
We overnight at Monduli Bush Camp, the camping ground of the village on the rim above the Valley. Here you can enjoy nice views on mount Kilimanjaro and mount Meru. At the camp-fire in the evening, you probably will get nice company of villagers who love to tell stories and share their experiences with you!
Monduli Juu is not a set-up-tourist destination, it is an original, quiet, not “discovered” and exploited, unspoiled village.