Photo by Alex Cretey Systermans
Monduli Juu Village Sunday MarketLocated along the road leading into the Serengeti National Park, the tiny mountain village of Monduli Juu hosts the Red Market every Sunday. Local Maasai people descend on the town from the outlying region, dressed in their red-tartan blankets and carrying goods to sell and barter with for the vegetables, clothes, soap, live animals, and cooking oil on sale here. This is very much a vital market, not a show for tourists. Goat auctions take place on the soccer field, and women lead donkeys from the market laden down with heavy sacks of rice. A dala dala (minibus) from Arusha is recommended: The journey takes about an hour, is affordable, and passes through a lush green forest.