Tanzania is an African country that prides in a wealth of cultures and traditions; a combination of African, European, Arabian as well as Indian influences. The people of Tanzania are very openhanded and welcoming and at the same time conservative. Despite them being hospitable, they very much like people who respect their culture. With more than 120 tribes and a variation of religions, Tanzania is one of the very few African countries in which religious agreement is widespread. The most prominent religions in the country are Christianity plus Islam, whereas the minority religions include traditional religions Buddhism and Hinduism. However the Zanzibar Island and the Island of Pemba are primarily dominated by Muslims who make up close to 98% of the islands’ population.
The Tanzania Cultural Tourism begun as an initiative to assist rural communities benefit from the profits of the tourism industry in which they actually take part. The major goal was that rural communities directly benefit from the tourists who came to tour their areas. Fortunately Cultural tourism permits the local people to provide tours that display their culture, sacred places where they go to worship as well as their economic activities.The profits generated are utilized by the local people to finance particular development programs like the construction of dispensaries; cattle dip places as well as schools. Below I have highlighted some of the finest places in Tanzania where you can enjoy cultural tours having an opportunity to experience their way of life, learn about their culture, rituals as well as their practices.
Eyasi is habitat to the remaining hunter-gatherers in the whole of Africa – the Hadzabe Bushmen who have transformed the area close by Lake Eyasi their lasting hunting grounds. Taking day-tours or even longer safaris with these Hadzabe Bushmen offers visitors an opportunity to experience the impressive lifestyle that has for centuries disappeared on the entire planet. You can enjoy hunts in the morning with the Hadzabe-warriors, well armed with both bows as well as arrows giving you an opportunity to experience this long-ago lifestyle. There are also Honey-gathering walks, as well as walks in search for traditional herbs and food, plus traditional dances that make this Hadzabe cultural tour a more exciting experience.
Explore the Maasai, who are among the remaining pastoralists in the world that are today trying to familiarize with the 21st century at their own pace. Visit Engaruka, which is a lost city situated in the Great Rift Wall shadow where the Maasai people practice irrigation farming as well as their traditional herding. enjoy brief camel treks in the company of the local Maasai In Mkuru, adjacent to Arusha National Park and there visitors will get another peep into the impressive nomadic culture, as well as climb up the adjacent Ol Donyo Landaree.
Southern Pare Mountains
Walk through the most isolated mountains in northern Tanzania in the company of the local farmers, journeying through the traditional villages of Pare as well as the thick tropical forests. There are a variety of safaris offered here ranging from half-day trips to 3 day guided hikes, and these present visitors a chance to experience the impressive Pare people’s culture. Tour the Mghimbi Caves, which were a secret hiding spot during the time of slave raids, and later continue to the Malameni Rock, where human sacrifices to conciliate ancient evil spirits where made until the late 1930s. Further walk through the fascinating Ikongwe Village, supposed by the locals to be a present from heaven, which is bordered by mountain terraces as well as small beautiful waterfalls. The proceeds from these cultural tours are used to support financially the making of energy-saving stoves as well as offer educational scholarships.
Just minutes way from the lively Arusha city are places that appear and feel like they existed decades ago. Visit the WaArusha as well as the WaMeru peoples who are trying to adapt into the current way of life. Visitors here can get the opportunity to come face-to-face with the traditional healer, buy foodstuffs as well as carvings from local handicraft-cooperative or from the women’s businesses in addition to learning more about agriculture and animal husbandry.
Combine a mountain hike to the roof the highest mountain in Africa with a visit to the local residents on this mountain, the impressive WaChagga. Experience their impressive traditional as well as modern art, culture plus homes