Discover another culture
Cultural Tourism was initiated by youth in local community in Northern Tanzania.
Cultural Tourism in Tanzania has been developing since 1996, under the stewardship of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in collaboration with Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism (MNRT) and The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). Cultural Tourism was initiated by youth in local community in Northern Tanzania. The product came as a result of Maasai youth group that was used to dance alongside the Northern safari road accessing Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti major tourist attractions in the area. During these volunteering dances, resulted to them been given a small change or tip for doing an interesting entertainment along the way.
In Tanzania, a land of superb landscapes and spectacular wildlife, another attraction stands equally tall the people.
Tanzanias 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.
In addition, many local areas run their own cultural programmes 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. Primary schools can be developed through a tour of the fascinating slopes of Mt Meru, a health clinic is improved through a guided tour of the luscious green Usambara Mountains, or a kindergarten funded by a stroll through the tropical vegetation of the Rift Valley.
Cultural tourism programmes are beneficial to everyone, the tourists get a unique, unforgettable experience, the local people generate income and improve their standard of living, and both parties gain a valuable understanding of another culture which will last long after the visitors have returned home. Most cultural tourism programmes are located near the main thoroughfares of the principal tourist destinations, making a cultural addition to a safari easy to arrange. Guides are local people born and raised in the area, well trained in their jobs and proficient in English.
Whether you spend the morning in a Maasai boma or trek by camel up a local summit, stopping to learn about traditional plants and tribal stories, a cultural tour is a must-do for anyone wanting to see the rich life of the Tanzanian people. Some of Tanzania’s best-known cultural tourism destinations include: Eyasi, Kilimanjaro, Maasailand, Meru, Merelani, Southern Pare Mountains, Usambaras, and Zanzibar.
Cultural Tourism Itineraries
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6 Days Bagamoyo Historical Tour
DAY 1: Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo Pick up from your hotel in Dar es Salaam and drive to historic Coastal town of Bagamoyo the original capital of German East Africa and one of the first and important trading ports along the coastline of Tanzania. The town is abundant with historical monuments comprising of old Arab and Portuguese architecture further complimented by a wonderful stretch of beach. Overnight at lodge in Bagamoyo on full board basis
10 Days Walking and Game Safari
DAY 1: Arusha – Machame
Start the walk from Kyalia market and through the Sienna catchments forest. A historically sacred place of natural forests, bridges and caves where local people worshiped during traditional festivals; big caves were used to accommodate 200 Chagga with their animals. En route visit the natural bridge called “Daraja la Mungu” or God’s bridge crossing the Namwi and Maririre rivers – 5 hour hike. Picnic lunch with the dinner and overnight at the Aishi Hotel.
11 Days Swahili Cultural Experience
DAY 1: Arusha – Lake Manyara
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara with an afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. This beautiful park is at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and comprises of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. The large variety of mammals, reptiles and birds in the Park and the different types of vegetation, all within a small area make Lake Manyara a diverse and particularly memorable place to visit. Enjoy lunch, dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Lodge/ Lake Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp.