Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures

    Tanzania Cultural Tourism Programme

     

    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.

    With its cultural art facts where you can experience real African life and enjoy the beautiful scenery of green mountains, wide plains and the dramatic Rift Valley, Cultural tourism refers to a form of tourism in which local people are closely involved. They design and organize the tours, show tourists aspects of the area in which they live and of their daily life. During the tours, local people often show their development projects, like irrigation and soil conservation activities or income generating projects of women’s groups. Visitors leave the area feeling they have made new friends and with information on the many positive developments going on in rural Tanzania.

    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.

     

    Trekking in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    Ngorongoro Conservation Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its marvelous scenery is extremely suitable for hiking tours ranging from several hours to several days. In this area, which is inhabited by the Maasai tribe, there are numerous volcanoes, craters and calderas (collapsed craters). Of course, the Ngorongoro Crater is the best known, but the other parts of the area are certainly worth visiting too. You can find waterfalls, blue lakes and views on beautiful hills and valleys. Embakaai Crater and Olmoti Crater are beautiful places with breathtaking views. Hiking in this area is typically combined with visiting Oldoinyo Lengai and Lake Natron. A guide will be provided to hike with you. If your hike is longer than one day, your luggage will be carried by donkeys and you’ll overnight at campsites or lodges.

    Marangu

    Marangu is a small town east of Moshi. The town is mainly known for its starting point of the Marangu climbing route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Marangu has a lively market. In addition, the town is surrounded by a beautiful area where you can find banana trees, local live of the Chagga and a Chagga museum. One of the main interests is the many waterfalls to be found in the area. Most of the waterfalls can be reached easily by car and a 10-minute walk. We can arrange complete daytrips to Marangu including visits to the Chagga Live museum and Chagga caves.

    Materuni Coffee farm

    Uru Coffee Farm Materuni is a village north of Moshi. There are many coffee plantations in and around the village. In addition, there are nice opportunities for walking trips of several hours to for example waterfalls. We can arrange your daytrip to Materuni. There you will get a tour of about one to two hours in which you will see the full process of coffee making, from planting the coffee seed to preparing a cup of coffee from freshly roasted and grinded coffee beans. Lunch is included. In addition, there is a possibility of camping in Materuni.

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     Chemka Hot springs

    Chemka Hot Spring In the lower area of Kilimanjaro (Hai district), you will find Chemka Hot springs. Driving through a very dry area scattered with villages, you’ll suddenly find an oasis of green palm trees. From the outside, it just looks like a bunch of palm trees, but if you find the entrance and you’ll get in, you’ll find an amazing clear blue pool of water with a roof of palm trees and fichus trees. Jumping in you’ll find the temperature of the water is pleasantly warm. You can easily spend several hours to enjoy swimming in the water, listen to the abundant sounds of birds and even spot a genet cat at this blue lagoon. We can arrange your day trip including a picnic lunch.

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    Hiking on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro

    Materuni Falls The Chagga tribe is the main tribe living on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro. They mainly live from subsistence farming and grow crops such as bananas, maize and beans. Because there is no good road network in the area, the villages are not visited much. Therefore, they have kept their original atmosphere although they are quite close to Moshi town.

    If you like trekking or hiking, the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro are an excellent place to do that. You will find particular Chagga villages such as Mdawi, Uru, Mbokomu and Kidia which are linked with each other through small paths and at some places, there are wider roads where even cars can pass.

    Villages are alternated by forests. The area is very green due to the banana and coffee growing. There are many valleys and hills with stunning views on Mount Kilimanjaro, Moshi town and surroundings plains. When it is clear, you can very well see the characteristic appearance of Mount Meru in the West and the Pare Mountains in South-Eastern direction.

    On your way, you'll come across gorgeous waterfalls and streams and you might even see animals such as vervet monkeys and blue Sykes monkeys. In the villages, you will see today's local Chagga life such as growing of crops, brewing of local beer and playing schoolchildren. Accommodation and food will be provided by local people in the villages. A trekking can take from several hours up to several days depending on your personal needs. Local guides will walk with you and show you the area and Chagga life.

    Cultural tour Mto wa Mbu

    Cultural Tour Mto wa Mbu, meaning mosquito river in Swahili, is a small village near Manyara NP. It is a delightful, lush village, nestled under huge, shady trees with a number of fruit and curio stalls – a welcome oasis after a long drive and the ideal place to stock up with fruits and vegetables. One of the main tribes in this village is the Maasai. The Maasai moved into the area 200 years ago, probably searching for grazing grounds for their cattle. Being the fierce warrior tribe they are, many battles over the area today they speak of their ancient enemy with difference, refer to the Datoga as the Mang’ati, which means ‘respected enemy’.

    The Maasai are known because of their characteristic red shuka (fabrics). They have big herds of cattle such as goats and cows. The houses are constructed of wood and mud and building a circle to protect the cattle from predators. During a cultural tour in Mto wa Mbu, you’ll visit Maasai and other interesting places.

    Visit Hadzabe and Datoga tribes

    Ngorongoro Conservation

    The still primitive-living Hadzabe and Datoga tribes are depending on hunting and gathering or pastoralism for their living. They live in the area of Lake Eyasi. When you visit these tribes, you will see their way of living. You will go to the Hadzabe in the early morning to go hunting with them. They were the earliest known human residents of the area. They were not a warrior tribe but subsist as hunter-gatherers and hunt by means of bows and poisoned arrow. They have a different look with outstanding high cheekbones, a slender build and light skin. They smoke bone or metal pipes and speak a click language much like their ancestors did. Interestingly, all of the above characteristics correspond with that of the San (also known as Bushmen) of Botswana, Namibia, Angola and South Africa, 5000 km to the South. The Datoga is a warrior pastoralist tribe, also known as the Barbaig or Mang’ati. They moved in about 300 years ago and today can be found in the area. They produce bracelets and necklaces of natural material, which you will see when you visit them.

     

    Masama Cultural Tourism Programme - Kilimanjaro Region TCTP

    Kahawa Migombani – Total time: 2 to 3 hours

    Coffee plantations on the villages surrounds the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania produce some of the world's finest Arabica coffee. Masama village been one among the villages which surround the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, is located 10 kilometers off from Moshi – Arusha road.

    Masama Cultural Tourism Programme offers a perfect package of Kahawa Migombani cultural tour.

    The tour exposes visitors into different local activities:

    - Visiting the smallholder coffee growers.

    - Learn the history and success stories of the Arabica coffee plantations.

    - Coffee harvesting (July - December)

    - Coffee processing

    - Coffee packaging

    - Traditional preparation of cup of coffee

    - Testing or drinking your Arabica cup of coffee

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