Tanzanian Culture

Tanzania is famous because of the huge diversity of tribes and languages. In contrast with surrounding countries there has been peace in Tanzania for a long time. There is an option to visit one of the more commercialized settlements, which are well organized but less authentic. There are also options to meet the more remote tribes. No fancy dances, but you can meet the ‘real’ people. Your guide can help you to find out what their traditions and beliefs are. Please let us know exactly what you want, so we can arrange this.

Some of the tribes:

Visit the Masaai boma, where you can see the houses and cattle of the Masaai, see their traditional clothes and earrings, enjoy Masaai dances and Masaai food.

Visit the Hadzabe, the last tribe of hunters-gatherers in Tanzania. See how the men hunt and the women look for fruits and roots. Enter their thatched houses which they have so they can move from one place to the other. Hear their language which is famous because of the clicks it has.

Visit the Iraqw tribe, who live from agriculture. See their mudhuts and talk with them about their traditions and culture. Join them for a typical Tanzanian meal.

Visit the Datoga people, who are pastoralists. Ask them about their culture regarding marriage, birth and death. Join them in herding their sheep and cattle!

Visit the Wameru, living on the leafy slopes of mount Meru, close to Arusha. Visit a school or orphanage and join them on a walk on the slopes. Here you can see what they grow, meet local people or visit one of the waterfalls.

Some of the special activities which could be arranged on demand:

  • Make your own coffee with the Wameru
  • Cook ugali with the Iraqw
  • Go hunting with the Hadzabe
  • Fish with the people near lake Basotu
  • Eat rice and see how the Datoga slaughter and eat a goat.
  • Watch dances or visit a local healer from the Masaai.
Cultural activities can be embedded in every costomized safari. To get an idea of the possibilities, also look at the Itinerary “Activity and Culture”.