Cultural Tour in Tanzania
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.Hadza Culture:
The Hadza are a culturally, linguistically, and genetically distinct population of approximately 1000-1500 individuals, living around Lake Eyasi, in northern Tanzania. Culturally, they are distinguished by being the only population in east Africa that continues to rely extensively on hunting and gathering for their subsistence. Linguistically, they speak Hadzane, a click-language that has phonetic similarities to other Khoisan click-languages but is not mutually intelligible with any. For this reason Hadzane is often considered a language isolate. Genetic studies confirm that the distinctiveness of the Hadza population stretches back thousands of years.
Bush Maasai Safaris can take you on an amazing adventure with the Hadzas. You will join the men as they hunt for their daily subsidance using traditional Bow and arrows, or join the women as they forrage for fruits and berries. This is not a show or a "tourist put on". This is the real deal. A true African cultural experience, not for the faint of heart.
An estimated 450,000 Maasai people live in the rural plains of Tanzania, where their nomadic life and long history as herders have made them one of the most famous tribes in Africa. Here are some of the best ways to experience this culture during your stay in Arusha.
Learn to identify native birds, animal tracks, and local plant life from a Maasai guide in Tarangire National Park.
Shop for traditional Maasai arts and crafts in the markets of Mto wa Mbu village.
Visit Maasai communities, also known as bomas, living alongside African wildlife within Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Join in a traditional dance—typically a rite of passage for Maasai warriors—and observe a local show off their fire-making skills.
Explore the landscapes that have served as the homeland for the Maasai, including Lake Natron.