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In Tanzania, a land of superb landscapes and spectacular wildlife, another attraction stands equally tall – the people. Tanzania’s people are among the most welcoming and approachable on the earth, with a range of fascinating cultures ready to be shared with visitors. From the Wa-chagga of the slopes of Mt. 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 experience of any holiday in Tanzania.
We organize cultural tour to many local communities but the most common are the following:
The Hadza people or Hadzabe’e, are an ethnic group in central Tanzania, living around Lake Eyasi in the central Rift Valley and in the neighboring Serengeti Plateau. The Hadza number just under 1000. Some 300 – 400 Hadza live as hunter-gatherers, much as their ancestors have for thousands or even tens of thousands of years; they are the last functioning hunter-gatherers in Africa. The Hadza are not closely related to any other people. While traditionally considered an East African branch of the Khoisan peoples, primarily because their language has clicks, modern genetic research suggests that they may be more closely related to the Pygmies. The Hadza language appears to be an isolate, unrelated to any other. Hadza men usually forage individually, and during the course of day usually feed themselves while foraging, and also bring home some honey, fruit, or wild game when available. Women forage in larger parties, and usually bring home berries, baobab fruit, and tubers, depending on availability. Men and women also forage co-operatively for honey and fruit, and at least one adult male will usually accompany a group of foraging women. During the wet season, the diet is composed mostly of honey, some fruit,fdr tubers, and occasional meat.
Take a journey into the Hadzabe tribe of Tanzania, the last true nomades of Africa. Sunshine Expedition can take you on 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.
The Datoga tribe is found also in Northern Tanzania along Lake Eyasi. Their language resembles the click language of other bush-men further south of the Kalahari Desert. The bush provides everything they need including traditional education and traditional healers. For their food the Datoga depend on hunting on which they get honey and meat Also because they live mostly in dry areas, the Datoga get water from digging holes of about two to five meters. Most of these families are pastor lists and so for their food are pretty much depend on their animals. They move from place to place to find good pasture for they are animals. The elders and the small children often stay at home while the middle age groups move with their animals from place to place. The Datoga also make a lot of their weapons, from them selves. e.g. the arrows, spears and knives. Sunshine Expedition takes tourist for the local hunting. Men from this tribe are the hunters, So our visitors participate in hunting activities. Also the visitors get to see the way arrows poison are being made.
Ng’iresi Cultural Tourism Programme
Welcome to the fascinating slopes of Mount Meru, where you can experience real African village life.The villagers of Ng’iresi and Olgilai are pleased to present:
• A guided tour to some farms on the green and steep slopes of Mount Meru.
• A visit to several development projects in our village, soil conservation, irrigation, cross breeding, bio gas.
• A climb to Kivesi hill, an old volcano with a natural forest on top.
• A view into the Wa-arusha culture: old stories, traditional houses.
• A walk to Songota and Navuru water falls.
• Delicious lunch and dinner prepared by the Juhudi women’s group.
Ng’iresi is situated 7kms out of Arusha on the green and steep slopes of Mount Meru. The inhabitants of the village are all farmers of the Wa-arusha tribe. The Wa-arusha are family of Maasai, but have gradually shifted from pastoralism to agriculture. Some Wa-arusha are still living in bomas, others try hard to build up stone houses, some still depend on their cows, while others have cultivated large plots.
On the steep slopes, agriculture is not an easy activity. If farmers don’t take preventive measures, soil erosion takes place rapidly. Many farmers now have started to place contour lines and build terraces. The irrigation system in the village further helps the farmers to increase their harvest. Some villagers even participate in other innovative projects, like a fish nursery, a biogas system and a cross breeding projects.
All the activities take place on the magnificent slopes of mt Meru, where small rivers race downhill cascading into impressive waterfalls. The volcanic activities of mt Meru have created many small hills around Ng’iresi. Some of them can easily be climbed within an hour. From the top you have a beautiful view over the surrounding area.
Longido: Longido Village is about 90 kilometers north of Arusha town. It is one of the places to visit and see Maasai and other tribes like Wa-arusha. Visitors have a chance to see cattle being auctioned in the market and how local people (Maasai and Wa-arusha) conduct that business traditionally. Experience one of Africa’s most fascinating cultures, the Maasai, while visiting Longido Mountain. Spend a day walking around the extensive plains of Longido Mountain and get some insight into traditional African culture.
Mamba and Marangu: At the foot of Kilimanjaro lie the beautiful towns of Marangu and Mamba. Here, local people have planned various walking tours through valleys with numerous waterfalls, and to show you mountain village life. Enjoy the panoramic scenes and natural beauty of Kilimanjaro.
Mto wa Mbu: Mto wa Mbu offers both walking and bicycle tours through some magnificent scenery. Conveniently located on the way to the Serengeti, and Ngorogoro Crater, Mto wa Mbu provides visitors with an excellent opportunity to stretch their legs and compliment their holiday with a cultural safari. Here you can see a mixture of different Tanzanian cultures while enjoying the tropical lush-green vegetation at the foot of the Great Rift Valley.