Mto wa Mbu a Swahili word meaning a river of mosquitoes is located north of Lake Manyara and makes a good base for visiting the park at the same time exploring various cultural activities. This former waste land used to be the grazing fields for the Maasai people. This land was reclaimed by through aid from the Netherlands and after its reclamation other ethnic groups of Tanzania began arriving here for Africulture and other economic activities. Mto wa Mbu is now the melting pot of Tanzania cultures with most of the 103 tribes of Tanzania being represented here. This place has a Cultural tourism programme that allows visitors to visit and interact with the locals.