TANZANIA CULTURAL TOURISM
Experience the charm of the friendly Tanzanian people first-hand. There are several cultural heritage sites scattered throughout the country where you can spend from ½ day to a week with one of the 120 distinct ethnic groups making up the population. At the sites you will encounter natural beauty, including: rain forests, big waterfalls, magnificent views, lots of wild life, and, of course, the charming Tanzanians themselves! Your cultural tour will directly support the villages’ desire to become more self-sufficient, preserve their indigenous culture, and aid environmental conservation efforts.
Cultural Tourism Program Sites include :
Babati and Hanang, Engaruka, Ilkiding’a, Gezaulole, Kisangara, Longido, Machame, Mamba and Marangu, Mbeya, Mkuru, Mto wa Mbu, Mulala, Ng’Iresi, Northern Pare Mts,. Pangani, Southern Pare Mts., Western Usambara .
Hazabe and Datoge experience at Lake Eyasi (Bushmen)
Lake Eyasi is an untouched and scenically beautiful area where you can get a real insight into the way of life of the rural tribes like the Datoga and Hadzabe Bushmen. De Datoga are farmers and silversmith’s who make iron knives and spears. The Hadzabe hunt on wild animals with bow and arrows, eating roots, honey and wild fruits. Visit their habitat and experience their culture first hand. You can participate in their real life activities such as hunting and fire making. For a lot of people these are one of the most valuable and memorable experiences of their safari.
Explore the lifestyle of the graceful Maasai Warriors during a visit to their village. Maasai are nomadic people who herd and breed cattle and are known for their lively cultural dance, colourful clothing and beadwork. During your time in the village, activities may include Maasai dancing, watching warriors demonstrate how to make fire, spear throwing and witnessing women craft beaded jewellery. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a great place to visit a Maasai village.
History of the Chagga Clans
If you look at Kilimanjaro’s history, one culture stands out as being intimately tied to the mountain: the Chagga. But the Chagga didn’t live around the foothills of Kili in isolation, and in fact, for several centuries, they weren’t a unified culture at all.
Much like their neighbors (and longtime adversaries) the Maasai, the Chagga peoples were divided into multiple clans, which were then further divided into mitaa, or petty chiefdoms. Today, these clans have consciously come together to form the modern Chagga culture. But as recently as the turn of the 20th century, they were at war with not only their neighbors, but with one another.
Each clan had a distinctive territory along the southern and eastern slopes of the mountain. Natural boundaries—including ridges, rocky outcroppings, and ravines—usually defined the borders between one clan’s land and another’s.
ll the clans except the Mamba had a stretch of land that reached from the forest line down to the plains that surrounded the base of the mountain (Mamba land ended on the slopes), and the entire mountain was criss-crossed by a network of tracks, many of them originally carved out by heavy herds of elephant and buffalo.
Three main footpaths connected the territories, each at a different altitude. The middle path was almost always the most convenient and best maintained, but it posed a risk: it was most likely to go through the heart of neighboring chiefdoms, and if political tensions were high—which they often were—a traveler might set off on that path…and never return.
But the upper and lower paths, if slightly inconvenient, were certainly well-trodden; peace between the various Chagga chiefdoms rarely lasted for long.
Chagga chiefs were enormously powerful, both within the borders of their territories and outside them they were continually conquering and reconquering one another’s land. Without their say-so, no one could pass through their lands…including missionaries like Johannes Rebmann, the first westerner to “discover” Kilimanjaro. On a trip to the interior of Tanzania, Rebmann was essentially robbed by wily Chagga chieftains of all the goods he’d brought with him for barter, and was forced to turn back to the coast. The experience was apparently terrifying; he was reportedly in tears before it was over, and never returned.
Today, the mountain is a much more diverse place. Not only have the clans come together under the umbrella of Chagga identity, members of tribes from all over Tanzania live and work on the mountain.
Stone Town Tour in Zanziba’r
This lively town is the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar. During a cultural walking tour you can stroll through the labyrinth of narrow streets discovering interesting places like the House of Wonders, Old Fort, Darajani market place, Sultan’s Palace and the Slave Market. Stone Town is a melting pot of Arab, Persian, Indian and European cultures which makes Stone Town so unique.
Mto Wa Mbu village Tour
Discover the farming village of Mto Wa Mbu on a walking tour to see the traditional way of life of the villagers. This village is unique in Tanzania since it is home to over 120 different tribes from across Africa and forms a colourful mix of languages and customs. You can see local farms, schools, homes, the market, taste the Tanzanian food and interact with the people. The village is surrounded by magnificent scenery and situated on the main road which leads to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Sauti za Busara Music festival Zanziba’r
Sauti za Busara is a great African music festival that is held every year in February in With a mix of music, dance, theatre and a carnival street parade, Sauti za Busara is one of the largest music festivals in East Africa with hundreds of artists. This 4-days during festival is hosted inside the walls of the Old Fort in Zanzibar’s Stone Town. It shows you the diversity and richness of East African music and its unique culture. It’s truly an unique event with a great atmosphere.
Cultural Tourism is essential part of communities to support their livelihood through local tourism activities. Within their villages the communities involved in local tourism activities to enhance culture protection, respect and conservation of natural and cultural attractions surrounding their environment.
We arranges day and overnight cultural trips, for day trips you can visit the village around Arusha and kilimanjaro to see traditional homes, learn local customs, walk through farms and talk with villagers. The cultural tours around Arusha and Moshi you will visit coffee and banana farms on the slopes of Mt. Meru and Mt.Kilimanjaro.
For more information about cultural tourism programs please contact us.