CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: MAASAI | HADZABE
Tanzanian culture is a delightful mix of influences with over 120 tribes. Tanzania is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. From the tall graceful Maasai warriors, the ancient ways of the Hadzabe bushmen, the resourceful agricultural practices of the Wameru, the artistic talents of the Makonde to the Chaga farmers and traders. Each of the 120 different tribes in Tanzania have their own distinct ways of life but together, they gracefully unite to form Tanzania.
Languages: Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania, most of them from the Bantu family. After independence, the government recognized that this represented a problem for national unity, and as a result made the kiswahili language (Swahili) the official language. The government introduced it in all primary schools to spread its use. Kiswahili was the logical choice because a wide range of people were already informally using it along the coastal regions and it was a perfect language to help unify the country since it did not originate or belong to any particular tribe.
MAASAI CULTURE EXPERIENCE
The Maasai are an indigenous ethnic group in Africa of semi-nomadic people settled in Kenya and northern Tanzania. Due to their distinct traditions, customs and dress and their residence near the many national game parks of East Africa, the Maasai are among the foremost African ethnic groups and are known internationally because of their links to the national parks and reserves.
A visit to the Maasai fits well between Northern Tanzania leading to Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro
Cultural Tourism was started by the youth in the local community of Northern Tanzania. This product originated as an outcome of the Maasai youth group which used to perform cultural dances alongside the safari road in Northern Tanzania leading to Lake Manyara, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro which are the leading tourist attractions within that area. Throughout these volunteering dances, they would acquire some tips from tourists for a vibrant entertainment.
A Tanzania Culture addition will compliment your safari and complete your experience of Africa. All Tanzania Culture Safaris are organized with gentleness and respect for the cultures, villagers and homes we visit. Our hope is for you to meet the diverse cultures first hand and to experience what makes Tanzania so special.
The Cultural Tourism Programme offers guests in Tanzania the opportunity to visit tribal areas to meet the local people as well as experience their customary lifestyle. Through such programmes, guests additionally experience local attractions plus scenery of countryside Tanzania.
HADZABE CULTURE EXPERIENCE
The Hadzabe, who still live in the dry woodlands of remote Lake Eyasi, is one of the last and most remote Bushmen tribes.
A visit to the Hadzabe fits well between Tarangire National Park or Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater
It is almost impossible to spend time with traditional hunter gatherer tribes and not affect the way they live. But the Hadzabe in Northern Tanzania live today as they have lived for thousands of years: hunting for game with bows and arrows, gathering honey from the beautiful African baobab trees and digging for roots and tubers from deep within the arid ground of the acacia bush land.
Join Hadzabe women
The second day we spend with the women of the village. Joining them as they forage for roots, tubers and berries. This is a wonderful day learning about plants and their various uses.
Visit Hadzabe village
We spend time with one of the Hadzabe communities that choose to live a traditional hunter gather lifestyle. They live far from the normal tourist route and are therefore very difficult to reach by car. We always plan to spend three nights in a small mobile camp close to the Hadzabe village. Also since it is difficult to understand and absorb the harmony and serenity of the Hadzabe with a flying visit. Three days allows you to really connect with these wonderful people.
One whole day we join the men on hunting and honey gathering trips. We try to keep groups of guests small in order to avoid alerting the game to our presence and having an adverse affect on their hunting. The day could well involve walking and tracking of wild game. Although one might think that meat forms a large part of the diet, the Hadzabe are largely vegetarians and the majority of their meals are based around honey and fruit.