Tanzanian Culture is a delightful mix of influences. With over 120 tribes, Tanzania is one of the most culturally diverse countries in Africa. From the tall graceful Maasai Warriors, to the ancient ways of the Hadzabe Bushmen, the fascinating arrays of tribal cultures has always been impressive and bear the true essence of the Country. Despite an increasing foreign influence, Tanzania has persistently maintained its cultural heritage.
Ancient rituals and customs are still observed by many tribes and daily life largely follows traditional practices, which are also a kaleidoscope of the continent of Africa. Life’s most important events, birth, puberty, marriage and death, are all celebrated through age-old traditional ceremonies.
It is the strong belief of the Ngorongoro Safaris Tour Company that her clients experience will be much more memorable and complete, by also exposing them to another True Face of Africa through various community based programmes all along- Among them include tours in town, rural areas and those very remote.
Visiting Schools, Hospitals, Masai Markets and local Homesteads, is one of the best approaches incorporated in itineraries, for interaction with local people. You will be immersed on our daily lives, understand deeply our culture, our history, our language. We are sure you will learn swahili and massai words to bring with you! Besides, you will deeply understand Maasai culture, their traditions, their homes and villas, the real maasai dreadlocks, the maasai dancing, the maasai market and Hadzabe Communities etc.
Culture Safaris Itinerary Highlights
Our Tanzanian Wildlife and Culture Safari package is a slice of East African life. A distinctive and enlightening tour, this 11-day excursion offers the perfect balance of wildlife, sightseeing and cultural interactions with the locals of Tanzania.
DAY 1 – 2: Arusha, northern tanzania
You arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be welcomed by a member of our team and escorted to Equator Hotel, Arusha. Spend time at your own pace, venture into town and explore the vibrant markets of Tanzania and stock up on curios and safari supplies. Tomorrow you venture into the beating heart of Tanzanian culture.
DAY 2 – 3: Olpopongi maasai village
After breakfast, head out on the open road to Shanga Cultural Village. Set under towering acacia trees, this welcoming community is committed to promoting local manufacturing. Observe and interact with locals making bead and glass work, purchase authentic art and absorb the dynamic atmosphere of the open-air restaurant. Thereafter, head out to Olpopongi Maasai Village where you will be transported back in time with traditional Maasai culture and dance in an authentic setting, while sampling local cuisine.
DAY 3 – 5: Tarangire national park
After a night under the African stars, it will be time to bid the local tribes farewell and head towards Tarangire National Park in the Manyara Region. Packed lunches will be provided as you drive through country roads, alert for the unexpected.
After checking into your comfortable lodgings, it is time to enjoy your first safari. The park is home to large elephant, wildebeest herds and tree climbing lions. The area is pristine and peaceful and provides for uninterrupted game viewing in comparison to other busier regions in the country.
DAY 5 – 6: Lake Eyasi
Today you leave Tarangire National Park and continues on to the Lake Eyasi quarter – an elongated salt lake south of the prominent Serengeti National Park. En route to the lake, you will visit the Hadzabe tribe – the last true nomads in Africa. These amiable men and women are eager to show you how to hunt for daily substances and gather fruits in true hunter-gatherer fashion. This is an authentic African experience and not just a show put on for tourists.
DAY 6 – 8: Ngorongoro Crater
Following breakfast, on to Mto Wa Mbu for a walking tour through the diverse district. The area, a favorite stop for those in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater area, is home to 120 tribes (the Maasai being the most dominant). This is followed by a game drive through Lake Manyara National Park with its diverse ecosystems. From the Rift Valley soda lakes, a sea of pink flamingos and zebra stripes as far as the eye can see, to dense woods.
After a day of cultural experiences and animal spotting, retire to your suite and get some well deserved rest. The next day, visit the renowned Ngorongoro Crater Area, the world’s largest unbroken fallen volcano and home to the highest concentrations of wildlife.
DAY 8 – 11: Serengeti national park
We leave Ngorongoro behind and set course for one of the most significant paleoanthropological sites in the world – the Olduvai Gorge. Human remains believed to be 1.9 million years old, the earliest proof of human existence recorded, are found here. Last, but certainly not least, on your Tanzanian Wildlife and Culture Safari, is the Serengeti National Park, thought to be the world’s best safari region, featuring panoramic landscapes and home to the great wildebeest migration.
DAY 11: Arusha
The time has come for your last drive through the Tanzanian wilderness towards Seronera Airstrip. From here you will catch your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.