Cultural tours are a popular product in Tanzania that is mostly sold as an add-on to enrich main safari tour programs. Most cultural tour sites in mainland Tanzania were developed by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in conjunction with the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), starting with selected villages around Arusha in northern Tanzania and spreading out into every part of Tanzania. These are traditionally existing villages which have been made accessible to visitors who may have a glimpse of the authentic lifestyle of the more than 120 tribes in rural Tanzania.
Most visitors to Africa, especially first timers, find the continent and its people enchantingly different and a special experience. We African Beyond Tours appreciate this fact and try to include visits to the local communities to give our guests the opportunity to see first hand the way of life in a typical African village.
Besides enriching itineraries and adding quality to the tours offered in Tanzania, the cultural tours are generating direct income to the local communities that are being visited, contributing to their development. Thus, by visiting the cultural sites the guests would be giving support to Education, community health, water supply, community conservation and many other social and economic projects carried out at village level. Some of the popular cultural centres in Tanzania which may be tailored into visitor itineraries include:
- Mto wa Mbu, a multicultural village adjacent Lake Manyara National Park
- Maasai Boma and villages in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Lake Eyasi: land of the Hadzabe and Datoga
- Arusha – Ng’ireshi village of Waarusha tribe, relatives of the Maasai, 7km from Arusha town
- Arusha – Mulala village of Waarusha and Wameru tribes, 30kms from Arusha town