MONDULI DISTRICT COUNCIL
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Monduli District is one of the six districts of the Arusha Region of Tanzania. It is located in the northeastern section of the country. It is bordered to the north by Kenya, to the east by the Kilimanjaro Region and Arumeru District, to the south by the Manyara Region and to the west by Ngorongoro District and Karatu District. The town of Monduli is the administrative seat of the district. According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Monduli District was 185,237
The word Monduli was originated in the ward MonduliJuu. There was a wealthy Maasai ancestor with the name of Monduli, who lived in the area during the times of German colonization. The Germans colonized Tanzania in 1880s. They brought European education with them, teaching the areas of science, math, engineering, and even German. Tanzania gained their independence in December 9, 1961, under the leadership of President Julius Nyerere
The Monduli District is administratively divided into twenty wards
The Monduli District is near the city of Arusha and Mt. Meru. The Monduli Mountains run through the area. The area contains plain land, rainforest, and mountains. The famous volcano OldoinyoLengai, Maasai for Mountain God, resides among the Monduli Mountains. This volcano holds a special place in the hearts of the local Maasai and is a stunning geographic landmark.
The presiding factor of the Economy of the area is agriculture, it accounts for 45% of the GDP. This includes both commercial and peasantry farms. The second biggest part of the economy is Tourism, which accounts for about 20% of the regions GDP. In 2007 the regions GDP accounted for approximately 4.5% of the country’s GDP.
The Monduli District is an extremely popular tourist spot. One is able to wander the hills and plains, while observing the wildlife. People often visit the area in order to witness first hand how the local people, the Maasai, live. They have the opportunity to hike with a Maasai villager and stay in a Maasaiboma. The Red Market is a small market held every Sunday in the village of MonduliJuu. In the market the villagers are able to purchase all their necessities, including clothing, food, and livestock. Local tourist attractions include include Lake Manyara, Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater. These other attractions help promote the Monduli District and assist in bringing people to the area.
There is a variety of wildlife among the Monduli DC. These animals range from hyenas, to elephants, to wild boars. The insects of the area are also very abundant. Monduli district authority has launched the first ever Africa’s Natural Resources, Wildlife and Environment Research Park, which is expected to add value to the country’s tourism sector Monduli district owns part of Lake Manyara National Park and a section of Tarangire National Park