We followed one of the tour itineraries of Mto wa Mbu Cultural Tourism Enterprise (MMCTE), beginning with a visit to ricefields.
The next stop was at the wood carvers' shed. I asked whether they were originally from the area. They actually had relocated from as far away as Mozambique and Mtwara, areas which are known for their wood carving tradition. Rather than wait for the tourists in Dar es Salaam, these carvers had relocated to one of the few towns in Tanzania with a heavy concentration of tourists.
Then we were shown one of the largest cooking pots in existence, used in the preparatory phases of production of the local brew, mbege.
As with the wood carvers, Tingatinga painters have also relocated to Mto wa Mbu.
As we began the last stage of our tour we saw this Peugeot with a heavy load of bananas.
Moments later we walked through banana plantations.