motorised tourism remains popular in the northern part
of Tanzania, the prospects for the development of new tourist
further south are considerable. For example, several
places and resources
around Morogoro are excellent as basis for the development of cultural
educational tourism, such as visits
to natural resources along
with lectures giving information to participants about the
area and its
resources. This new type of tourism is becoming
increasingly popular among international tourists. It
may also include horseback riding safaris (available at the Uto farm
even from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro.
There are currently three horses at SUA suitable for riding treks
into the Uluguru Mountains.
around or near Morogoro include in particular the
- The Uluguru
Mountains, located within walking distance from Morogoro,
is one such resource which remains basically untouched by
tourism. During more than three centuries these mountains
have been home to the Luguru ethnic group (Luguru = people of the
mountain). The Luguru people counts several thousand
inhabiting the lower slopes of the mountains. They are
skilful farmers who exploit the steep mountain slopes to grow staples like rice,maize and vegetables.
- The Luguru society
remains strongly matrilineal. Land is the property of women,
passing from mother to daughter, in contrast to other ethnic
groups in Tanzania where men own the land. Not surprisingly,
baby girls are preferred to baby boys in the Luguru
- The Mikumi National
Park some 70 kms further south which covers 3200 sq.kms,
is the home to an abundance of wildlife. Udzungwa
Narional Park lies nearby. To the south and east of
Mikumi lies the Selous which is the largest game reserve in Africa
and is second only to the Serengeti in its concentration of game,
most notably elephants, buffalo and rhinoceros.
Ruaha National Park is the second largest national
park in Tanzania. It is located in the middle of Tanzania about
400 km west of Morogoro.
- The Wami-Mbiki
river wildlife management area is also an important
tourist resource in the Morogoro area. This vast wilderness
area of 4000 sq.kms is situated only 50 kms due north-east of
Morogoro. The Wami-Mbiki Society has been established for the
further development of this area with offices in Morogoro.