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
around Morogoro are excellent as basis for the development of
educational tourism, such as visits to natural resources
with lectures giving information to participants about the area and
resources. This new type of tourism is becoming
increasingly popular among international tourists.
Natural resources 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 staple food 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 society.
- 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.
Proposed programme for Cultural Tourism around Morogoro:
Introductory seminars with lectures by staff for example from
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in
Such seminars may include subjects like local lifestyle,
management of natural resources and sustainable agriculture
Excursions from the Arc Hotel to local tourist attractions.
One excursion could for example be a
visit to Choma, a village within a day's walk, visiting the
local school, learning about the Luguru culture, possibly
including a Luguru-style lunch, watching locals producing crafts
and listening to traditional Luguru music.
Excursions to one or more of the national parks referred to
Development of Cultural tourism around Morogoro offers new
for the local work force to become guides and to provide other
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