Nature's Gift Safaris
and Mrefu Lodge
Arusha & Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The Elizabeth Hudgin Centre for Sustainability.
The idea and design for the Elizabeth Hudgin Centre (EHC) was originated in July 2022 by NGS friend Michael Frenchman of New York. The EH Centre is to be sponsored by and hosted at David Mtui's Mrefu Eco-Lodge in Marangu, which Nature's Gift Safaris also uses for safari guests. The Centre's purpose would be to advance the application and teaching of practices to aid small farmers and rural communities in northern Tanzania. These include small-scale farming, the use of alternative energy sources and conservation.
Small-scale Farming: With his degree in animal husbandry from famed Humboldt University in Berlin German, David Mtui returned to his family's land, just north of the small town of Marangu. There, on the six acres he’d inherited from his father, Mrefu Mtui, he started giving small-scale sustainable farming education to local farmers several year ago. The covid pandemic slowed things up in the last couple of years but he has stayed with it. Now it is growing.
The facility is partly powered with existing bio-mass energy and new total solar technologies are now being engineered for installation as early as August 2022. The existing small-scale organic, sustainable farming operation is being expanded with more crops and enhanced methods of farming. At the Centre, local farmers students, foreign interns and guests will continue to learn the practical application of sustainable practices and about community development efforts in the Arusha area. Stay tuned for more information: on the Nature's Gift Safaris and EH Centre Facebook and on the NGS Instagram pages.
There are several routes one can hike on Kilimanjaro - Marangu route, Machame route, Rongai route, Umbwe route, Londorosi route and Lemosho route.