We design authentic experiences that bring you closer to Tanzania. Each experience is jointly run by a Mtoko staff member and a coordinator. We seek wherever possible to provide coordinator trainings to people affected by stigma.


A Taste of Tanzania

Summary of Experience:


Watch and participate in the making of a few traditional style Tanzanian dishes, while learning about the food and culture in the country. You will get a chance to select a local dish to prepare and will enjoy your sampling at Karakana. Traditional cooking methods will be used and a locally handcrafted spoon and a recipe will be given at the end of the experience.


What will we do?

Meet your hosts for the cooking class and get an introduction to the meal you will be preparing. Your hosts will share the significance of the meal in Tanzanian culture. You will then get an overview of the different ingredients and techniques used in making the meal. Cooking and preparation begins and then a taste testing of the meal prepared with your hosts will be given. A handcrafted spoon and receipt will be given at the end of the experience.



The Art of Beading and Crafting:


Summary of Experience:

 Meet one of the artisans in residence at Mtoko and enjoy learning the traditional craft of beading in Tanzania. Also learn how traditional materials are being used to inform the modern day art scene in Tanzania. Join your coordinator and make your own personalized key ring with materials that include brightly colored kitenge fabric, recycled canvas/leather from Bush planes and cow horn buttons. A key ring and beaded bracelet can be taken with you at the end of the experience.


What will we do?

 Meet your hosts for the Art of Beading and Crafting and begin by learning about the significance of beading in Tanzania. You will have the option of trying the traditional method of beading, while selecting a pattern of beads created by your host to take home. Each pattern created has a cultural meaning and your host will walk you through the meaning behind each. After beading, your host will take you to a display of upcycled materials (such as cow horn, kitenge fabric, local leather) and you will be given a sample of how these materials are transforming the modern arts scene in Tanzania. You will then get a chance to make a personalized key ring from the materials.



Understanding Community through Drama

Summary of Experience:

 Get a closer connection to one of Mtoko’s community partner’s, Makini Organization. Makini is an organization working with young people who were previously living on the street. Watch two dramas created by Makini reflecting community issues in Tanzania and have a one-on-one discussion with the performers. Have a question about community life in Tanzania? We will connect your question to a member before your arrival, and an answer will be ready on your arrival. A playbill of the performance and a journal with messages from the performers themselves will be given at the end of the experience.


What will we do?

 Meet your host for Understanding Community Through Drama and begin by meeting the performers from Makini and getting a playbill of the two dramas that will be performed. Your coordinator will share before each drama how the drama is related to a social issue in Tanzania and each performer will share the inspiration behind the performance. After each drama, a dialogue and questions is welcome between the guests and the performers. Your host will provide you with not only pictures and stories reflecting the theme of the drama, but other message from the partners we work. At the end of both dramas, a journal with messages from the performers will be given.



Learning Swahili Through Stories & Dialogue

Summary of Experience:

 Interested in getting closer to Kiswahili (the language used in Tanzania)? Sit with one of the coordinators to learn a few phrases through Swahili sayings, messages, proverbs and stories from the country. Phrases and greetings are compiled on recycled airplane leather and the coordinator will work with you directly to write your own Swahili message in a take-home journal.


What will we do?

 Meet your hosts for Learning Swahili Through Stories & Dialogue and begin by receiving traditional Tanzanian greetings written on recycled airplane leather. Learn about the part of Tanzania your host is from and work with your coordinator to practice the greetings with your hosts. Get a brief history about the origin of Swahili as well as learn different proverbs and Kanga messages found in Tanzania. Head to the “market stand” and garden at Karakana where you and your coordinator will learn phrases for buying in Tanzania, as well as names for locally found produce here. You will then be treated to a local story or “Hadithi” from one of our hosts who will then help you to write you own message in Kiswahili.


Please note that for each experience you book the following is included:

1.) Variety of East African Coffee and Tea Selection + Soft Beverages (Water, Sparking Water, Soda, Local Juice)

2.) Wifi

3.) On Site Coordinator

4.) Locked Area for Luggage

5.) Printing Service Available

6.) 20 Minute Calling to US, Canada, UK and China 

7.) Gratuities Included

8.) Child related/care available upon request

9.) Shower available if interested (located at main house next to Karakana)

10.) All day Snacks

 Email lauren@mtokodesigns.com for booking enquiries

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