Cultural tours in Tanzania offer opportunities for you to explore the fascinating culture of the local Tanzanian tribes. Tanzania’s people are among the most welcoming and approachable on earth, with a range of fascinating cultures ready to be shared with visitors. From the WaChagga of the slopes of Kilimanjaro to the now world-famous Maasai, a cultural excursion or a longer stay among local people is likely to become one of the most rewarding experiences of any holiday in Tanzania.
Many local areas run their own cultural tours for visitors, bringing income directly to the community and giving the people the chance to show their lifestyle to the outside world on their own terms. Health and Primary education can be improved through the cultural tours you made in the fascinating villages.
Tanzania Cultural Tours and Programs
MTO WA MBU
Situated near Lake Manyara National Park, Mto wa Mbu is a green oasis where you can see a mixture of Tanzanian cultures, while enjoying the tropical vegetation at the foot of the Rift Valley.
Mto wa Mbu offers the following cultural tours:
A walk through the farms in the green oasis at the foot of the Rift Valley
A climb to Balaa hill from where you can oversee the whole town
A view into the culture of the many different tribes living in the area
A trip to the Miwaleni lake and waterfall, where papyrus plants grow abundantly
A visit to a development projects that aim at improving agriculture and start income generating activities for the farmers
ILKIDING’A CULTURAL VILLAGE
Take a cultural tour to Ilkidinga Village to see the Waarusha traditional Boma, the oldest African irrigation system and experience waarusha cultural and enjoy traditional food. You will also walk into the house of the traditional healer who will answer historical questions. Craftsmen group will show you small wooden stools, jewellery, knives and traditional clothing.
ILKUROT MAASAI VILLAGE
Its located 20km west of Arusha city along Nairobi road. Here you will have trekking experience of Ngorora Hill, thereafter visit Maasai Boma to have true experience of African Culture on general Maasai life, Maasai dancing group and visit Maasai colourful market.
Visit the amazing Waterfall, beautiful forest catchments, Hollytree view of the city of Arusha. The more you spend time in the tour the most you enjoy tour and learn more
Cultural tours to Lake Eyasi brings you closer to the Hadzabe people who are also known as the East African BUSHMEN. The Hadzabe people are still living in caves and depending on gathering fruits and hunting animals. Although some of them have already started to wear clothes but the majorities are still not yet prefer cloths. The cultural tours to this area will enable you to see them and mostly fascinating thing to hunt with them. If you wont care you can either test their meal “The rodents & monkeys barbecues” how tasteful is that!..
To enjoy this tour to the fullest you need to plan for two / three days. This tour can be combined with wildlife safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro or Serengeti depending with your choice.
MONDULI JUU MAASAI VILLAGE
Situated 50km North West of Arusha on the road to the Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will experience the walking and trekking of Monduli Mountains, visit Maasai women on Jewellery and handcrafts. The “Kona Saba” escarpment climb, medicinal herbs tour, evergreen rain forest tour and a rest at astonishing panorama’s overlooking the rift valley, Oldonyo Lengai Lake Natron.
SOUTHERN PARE MOUNTAINS
The Southern Pare offers the fascinating cultural tours to the beautiful pare mountains and home stay in some pare tribe families. The pare tribe are the agriculturalists and pastorals who have largely retained their traditional way of life, a hike through the Pare Mountains takes visitors through local villages and beautiful forests and offers the chance to see a little-visited part of the country.
Kondoa Irangi Rock offers the best historical and cultural tours to the ancient rock paintings over several hundred sites. These rock paintings are considered some of the finest examples in the world and serve as a reminder of ancient man in Tanzania. The ancient art depicts the animals and customs of the people at the time. The most important group of paintings are about 30,000 years old, from the pre-agriculturalist period. Red pigment was used to create streaky and silhouette drawings.
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