Tanzania is indeed a key cultural tourism destination in East Africa and the world as well, with a good number of fascinating sites which are much more appealing to visit. Anyone who has had the privilege once will tell you that given another chance they will take it because of the satisfaction one is likely to get during the vacation. It has a strong flow of both of local, regional and international tourists. It is the place to experience the real African life while enjoying the rich beautiful aesthetic value offered by the green mountains, wide plains, the dramatic worlds famous –The Rift Valley-among diverse rural set ups- that will make you thirst for more. Rural setting in itself is an attraction that quenches, fulfils and satisfies the cultural urge leaving you fully attended to. It is embedded with carefully cultivated plots and lush tropical vegetation form with simple traditional houses.
The Tanzanian people are more fascinating culturally and very welcoming and approachable individuals who are always ready to share information, offer guidelines to visitors. Touring Tanzania for culture is interestingly great as it encompasses more than 150+ ethnic groups. There is plenty of traditional food, cultural practices that one enjoys within the boundaries. The services are not expensive and can turn out to be cheaper than expected provided you get the right information on where to stay, best tour companies and just knowledge of what you want. This way, it will save you time and costs as well.
Some of the best cultural tourist destination are:
Machame on the Arusha-Moshi road. Here you will explore the life of the people who reside around Mt. Kilimanjaro (the tallest mountain in Africa). The people here are involved in traditional irrigation, beekeeping, local schools, coffee farms e.t.c. You will be able to sip real coffee that is locally grown and made from roasted berries.
Kisangaria: Is near Moshi Town, here, you will find brick making workshops, local people making beer from bananas (interesting), an opportunity to help in preparing local meals and thereafter enjoy the cultural interaction with the village dancers.
Llukorot: Near the town of Arusha will offer you a chance to mingle with the Maasai dancers characterised by high jumping techniques. What is more fulfilling here is getting to talk to the traditional healers and bee keepers who still uphold the old age healing techniques. Bee keeping is done in the tra-beehives.
Longido located near the Kenyan border is parked with activities that you will like. Especially near Namanga, a place within Longido will introduce you to such experiences as taming animals (donkey, camel) rides. For you to understand all about culture, it is recommended that you must indulge in it. The Maasai way of life will introduce you to act like them. Beautiful sceneries and birds will also catch your attention within here. From here, depending on the season it is easy to travel to Kenya and observe the famous migration of the wild beasts (you must inquire more to avoid inconveniences’).
Near lake Eyasi are people who live in the forest typically known as the Bushmen. For culture obsessives, this is the place. They practice archive living and largely depend on hunting and gathering of world fruits. They live in caves and shoddy like temporal homes. Naturalism is common here. There are camps around here that can offer you accommodation.
Ilkindig’a at the foot of Mt. Meru: home to the oldest African irrigation system within the entire continent. You will not only get to witness this historical sight but will also be able to immerse yourself within the local customs and traditional food. Usually, African villages have a healer who is well versed in answering historical questions. This village is no different and your guide will provide you with a chance to meet him. You will also get to glance at some of the locally produced items like wooden stools, jewellery and traditional clothing.
Pangani is yet another location that you will want to get a guided tour to. This particular village is located about 50 kilometers south of Tanga. Within the town, there will be a number of historical buildings that you can set your sights on while also getting to see an original slave labour camp. Right next to the slave labour camp is a slave market site that you can also stroll through while accompanied with a guide who will continue to provide historical facts and answer any questions that you might have. This particular area is also home to a number of coconut plantations that you can visit.
Although you do not need to be worried about anything since you will be spending the day strolling through a variety of locations, you should be prepared to go on hikes that can be quite gruelling. Therefore, it might be a good idea to prepare yourself beforehand. A pair of hiking shoes as well as warm clothing is very important. Accommodations as well as food will be handled by the touring company. The above information is a great starting point for any person looking to go on a guided cultural tour in Tanzania.
You cannot exhaust all about Tanzania in a single print and what you have just read is just but a glimpse. Other packages you are likely to enjoy is touring the Zanzibar beaches which has remarkable facilities. The coral reefs dominate its east coast, white sand and unlimited coconut palms also add to the beautiful scenes. The guest houses around the swimming pools and the large section of the beaches have villages with inhabitants practicing fishing and seaweed farming in the lagoons. It is busy with people doing all sorts of activities. It is special in its own making but you can only confirm this when you land there. You can also combine cultural tours with other safari packages.