Tanzania is famous for its spectacular wildlife and landscapes. But there is so much more to see and do than the classic game drives. Tanzania is a colourful mix of cultures, with more than 120 different tribes. There is a supreme variety of cultural experiences in Tanzania. From encounters with the famous Maasai tribe and Bushmen to African music festivals and walking tours through Stone Town. We selected a few of the best cultural experiences in Tanzania for you.
Visit a traditional Maasai village
Explore the lifestyle of the graceful Maasai Warriors during a visit to their village. Maasai are nomadic people who herd and breed cattle and are known for their lively cultural dance, colourful clothing and beadwork. During your time in the village, activities may include Maasai dancing, watching warriors demonstrate how to make fire, spear throwing and witnessing women craft beaded jewellery. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a great place to visit a Maasai village.
Hadzabe and Datoge experience at Lake Eyasi
Lake Eyasi is an untouched and scenically beautiful area where you can get a real insight into the way of life of the rural tribes like the Datoga and Hadzabe Bushmen. De Datoga are farmers and silversmith’s who make iron knives and spears. The Hadzabe hunt on wild animals with bow and arrows, eating roots, honey and wild fruits. Visit their habitat and experience their culture first hand. You can participate in their real-life activities such as hunting and fire-making. For a lot of people, these are one of the most valuable and memorable experiences of their safari.
Stone Town Tour
This lively town is the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar. During a cultural walking tour, you can stroll through the labyrinth of narrow streets discovering interesting places like the House of Wonders, Old Fort, Darajani market place, Sultan’s Palace and the Slave Market. Stone Town is a melting pot of Arab, Persian, Indian and European cultures which makes Stone Town so unique.
Mto Wa Mbu village Tour
Discover the farming village of Mto Wa Mbu on a walking tour to see the traditional way of life of the villagers. This village is unique in Tanzania since it is home to over 120 different tribes from across Africa and forms a colourful mix of languages and customs. You can see local farms, schools, homes, the market, taste the Tanzanian food and interact with the people. The village is surrounded by magnificent scenery and situated on the main road which leads to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Sauti za Busara Music festival
Sauti za Busara is a great African music festival that is held every year in February in With a mix of music, dance, theatre and a carnival street parade, Sauti za Busara is one of the largest music festivals in East Africa with hundreds of artists. This 4-days during the festival is hosted inside the walls of the Old Fort in Zanzibar’s Stone Town. It shows you the diversity and richness of East African music and its unique culture. It’s truly a unique event with a great atmosphere.
If you like to immerse yourself in the Tanzanian local culture, head to the Wanyambo Festival in Dar es Salaam in January. Hundreds of people join this 4-days festival each year that takes place at the Makumbusho Village Museum in Dar es Salaam. A cultural get-together with traditional dances, music, costumes, art, craft and food of the region.
For more information or advice on how to incorporate a cultural experience into your itinerary, please contact us.