The district of Mwika is located at an elevation of roughly 1500 metres on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Mwika is predominantly inhabited by the Chagga tribe, with its rich cultural traditions. Due to the high location of the village, its environment is exuberant. The main agricultural product of the area is the banana, which is widely grown. The district of Mwika is composed of ten small villages, with a total average population of 40,000 inhabitants.

 

Mwika is located in one of the world’s most important natural tourism destinations. The hiking trails to the Kilimanjaro National Park are only 10 minutes away. The surroundings offer a view of the multicultural culture of the Chagga tribe and of many important natural attractions.

 

Mwika is an important market centre that has a market twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. The market gathers lots of subsistence farmers to sell their products, which include season fruits and handicrafts. The local market life is an amazingly authentic example of the typical African life.