In Tanzania, a land of superb landscapes and spectacular wildlife, another attraction stands equally tall-the people are among the most welcoming and approachable on earth, with a range of fascinating cultures ready to be shared with visitors. From the WaChagga of the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to now World famous Maasai, a cultural excursion or a longer stay with local people is likely to become one of the most rewarding experiences of any holiday in Tanzania.
In additional, many local areas run their own cultural programs for visitors, bringing income directly to the community and giving the people the chance to show their lifestyle to outside World on their own terms. Primary schools can be developed through the tour of the fascinating slopes of Mount Meru, a health clinic is improved through a guided tour of the luscious green Usambara Mountains, or a kindergarten funded by a stroll through the tropical vegetation of the rift valley
Cultural tourism programs are beneficial to everyone - the tourists get a unique unforgettable experience, the local people generate income and improve their standard of living, and both parties gain a valuable understanding of another culture which will last longer after the visitors have returned home. Most cultural tourism programs are located near the main thoroughfare of the principal tourist destinations, making a cultural addition to a safari easy to arrange. Guides are local people born and raised in the area, well trained in their jobs proficient in English and other international languages.
Whether you spend the morning in a Maasai boma or trek by camel up a local summit, stopping to learn about traditional plants and tribal stories a culture tour is must to - do for everyone wanting the rich life of the Tanzanian people. Some of Tanzania's best - known cultural tourism destinations include: