Cultural Tours

Get to know the tribes of Tanzania…


A Maasai guide at Empakaai Crater
A Maasai guide at Empakaai Crater

The Maasai are a semi nomadic pastoralist tribe, living in windowless smoky mud huts. A visit to their Boma reveals their everlasting traditional lifestyle, large polygamous families living and raising cattle for sustenance of life. Scattered throughout Kenya and Tanzania, the Maasai are known for their rites of circumcision, warrior status, and resonating chanting. Including a stopover to a Boma on your safari will be an evocative and unforgettable experience.

Hadzabe/ Bushmen at Lake Eyasi

Hadzabe at Lake Eyasi
Hadzabe at Lake Eyasi

The Hadzabe are one of the last nomadic hunter-gatherer societies that traditionally subsist on roots and fruits gathered by the women, and the meat hunted by the men. Their most common prey is baboon, and the second, zebra! Visiting the Hadzabe at the shores of Lake Eyasi gives you the opportunity to glance into their lifestyle, by seeing their grass huts and communities or by participating in hunting, gathering, jewellery making and more.

Chagga of Kilimanjaro

The Chagga people live in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, practising mixed agriculture in the fertile lands of the extinct volcano. Chagga culture is strongly Christian though traditional beliefs still play a strong role for the people. Visits to the Chagga include friendly smiles, tasting local banana beer and cultural food. Another delight is hiking through the picturesque slopes of waterfalls, lush green landscape, and farms of bananas, coffee, yams and more.

Swahili of the Coast

Swahili people live along the coast of East Africa, though the language of Swahili has been adopted as the official language of the countries of the East African Union. Swahili culture has evolved with the influences of Indian, Arabic, and European colonialists. Strongly Muslim, the Swahili people are also strong in arts and crafts and wear brightly patterned fabrics called Kanga.

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