Eco and Cultural tourism are some of the fast growing segments in Tanzania tourism. It involves mostly learning more about the culture of different tribes more than 120 in the country. Today many sites have been opened to meet the demand of the tourist they include the Museums, waterfalls, traditional music, food and clothes among others.
Tanzania is home to some of the most incredible tribal diversity in Africa. The country includes all of the major ethnic and linguistic groups on the continent – an amazingly varied population to inhabit a single country. Home to approximately 120 tribal groups, most of these comprise small communities that are gradually being assimilated into the larger population due to changes in land use and the economic draw of city life. Tribal diversity is prized and far from being a source of division, Tanzanians place a high value on their country’s multicultural heritage. Over the past few years, cultural tourism has become an increasing attraction for visitors from around the world and visits to tribal villages are often a highlight of safari itineraries.
The Masaai are perhaps the most well known of Tanzania’s tribes and inhabit the northern regions of the country. Pastoralists who fiercely guard their culture and traditions, Masaai tribal life revolves around protecting and caring for their herds of cattle and finding ample grazing land in their region. The tribes live in circular enclosures called manyatas, where small mud huts surround a secure open circle where their cattle and other herd animals sleep protected during the night. Woven thorn bushes form a thick fence around the enclosure to protect the herds from attacks by lions and other predators. Because good grazing land fluctuates according to the seasons and yearly rains, Masaai settlements are temporary and easily relocated to where grazing and water access is best. Tribal tradition separates men and women into different age groups: the youngest herd sheep and goats while the young male warriors, or moran’s, job is to protect and care for their family’s cattle. Male elders hold a position of respect in Masaai society and once a warrior becomes an elder, he may marry to begin a family of his own.
The ‘Spice Islands’ of the Zanzibar Archipelago, Pemba, Mafia, and the entire Tanzanian coast is home to the Swahili people, a vibrant mix of Arab, Indian and Bantu origins who historically based their livelihoods around Indian Ocean trade. The Swahili Coast, as the region is called, is a predominantly Islamic region with old mosques and coral palaces found throughout the area. Swahili culture centres around the dhow, a wooden sailing boat powered by the seasonal wind. Historically, the boats connected the Swahili Coast with Arabia and India and allowed trade between the regions to flourish. Fishing remains a mainstay of coastal income in small villages throughout the area, and coconut and spice plantations continue to form an important source of export. These days, life on the Swahili coast is tranquil and even-paced. Women cloaked in long robes called bui bui walk through meandering streets to the local market, stopping to chat outside tall houses hewn from coral and limestone rock. In the villages, the call to prayer rings out clearly over the palm trees and once they have finished their religious duties, the men gather in the square to drink spiced coffee from brass braziers. From the warrior moran of the fierce Masaai to the tranquil rhythms of Swahili town, Tanzania offers a unique glimpse into African life as it has remained for centuries.
Mkuru/Ng'iresi Village camel-back tour
Longido Maasai Village Hiking
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Longido Mountain Trekking
9 Days Safari & Culture Tour
Pare - Mountains
Mghimbi caves and malameni rock – In the 19 th century the caves where used by indigenous as a hiding place. This was the colonial era whereby people where taken to Europe and America as slaves. With our guides we will hike the Malameni rock and he will tell us a tale about the rocks. The main story is of about a thousands children were sacrificed to the gods to appease the evil spirits.
Marangu – Mamba village
Marangu village is one of the famous villages for those who have climbed the highest mountain in Africa Mountain Kilimanjaro. The headquarters of the mountain are located to this village rich in different waterfalls acquire its water source from the mountain. Come and visit the home and memorial of the late Yohana Lauwo, a Marangu native who accompanied Dr. Hans Meyer on the first recorded climb of Kilimanjaro in 1889. Read the original books of Mr. Lauwo, who lived for an astonished 124 years. While in Marangu one can learn more about the chagga culture by visiting a traditional chagga house made of straw roofing. Also the traditional food made by bananas and local brew known as Mbege can be tasted.
The place is an ideal for keen bird watchers and nature lovers. It's greenish with more than seven waterfalls such as ndoro waterfall among others. The land is rich in it Flora due to the volcanic soil from Kilimanjaro with different kind of fruits and vegetables grown by villagers. Visit passes ancient sights which remind of clan wars and historic legends. During the 19 th century Maasai tribe travel all the way to Chagga land to ride cattle. They believed that they are entitled to own all cows. This led to the war as the Chagga had to resist women and children where taken to large hiding caves. The caves are still there up to date. The captive where used to teach the Chaggas how to make the traditional spears which is still on use by the blacksmith of the village.
Londigo - Arusha
The Londigo village is located in north of Arusha along the Arusha – Namanga main road. The residents are the Maasai tribe with the same living nature as the others but the environment has a lot to offer. The vegetation of longido covers plain grassland to the acacia trees with animals such as buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, and gerenuk to the mountains. Maasai guides will escort you to the mountain for a half day tour. Also after a trek tourist can visit the Maasai bomas and get chance to learn their culture.
The village is located north side of Mountain Meru near the Momela gate. The inhabitants of the area are the warriors Maasai tribe. With their scattered house around the area are the populations of camel over a hundred. The village is popular for its camel safaris. Also one can hike to the Ol doinyo Landaree the little mountain that looks like a pyramid. The game can be view also with wild animals like zebras and giraffes escorted by Maasai warriors' guides. Mkuru has numerous birdlife including the red and yellow barbet, fischers and rufous crowned roller among others.
Babati and Hanang
South of Lake Manyara National Park located the Babati district which is famous for its fertile land and many food crops are grown to the region. Babati has numerous sites to visit. They include the Mbuyu wa Mjerumani (The Germans Baobab Tree) where the local people and Germans fort during the colonial era. The district is within the African Rift Valley escarpment. The Magara waterfalls are fascinating falls with huge rocks and sandy around. Plans are undertaken to introduce a parachute from the hill down the falls. Mountain Hanang makes the fourth highest mountain in the country standing at 3148 meters and can be climbed for a day with an assistance of porters and guides. Around are the Barbaig people whose traditional culture is still uncharged and unspoiled. They have chosen to continue with primitive mode of production. Barbaig are social and one can interact with them. Also a climb to Bambaay hill will give you a room to view clearly the beautiful Rift Valley landscape with Lake Manyara and Lake Babati.
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