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Cultural Tourism Tanzania

CULTURAL TOURISM THE CONCEPT

 

Cultural tourism involves insight into the modern and traditional Life of people, at home at works, at play and at rest.

 

We consider that it is very inviting to tour Ngorongoro , Serengeti, mikumi and Selous once one is in northern or southern Tanzania. There are near by villages where local people play a great role in ecotourism, natural resource conservation and protection of wildlife species like antipoaching programs. It is recommended to explore a little bit about local culture, spare some few hours to visit nearby village.

 

 

 

On request we can easily combine these cultural tours to a trip to the traditional tourist attractions of Lake Manyara Arusha, Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks and Ngorongoro crater, and also climbs to Mt Kilimanjaro  and Mt Meru.

 

Tanzania is a mixture OF CULTURES

 

The evocative mix of people and cultures in Tanzania creates a tapestry of memories that stays with the visitor for a lifetime. At mto wa mbu, near lake Manyara National park, at slopes of great rift valley is where unique combination of different tribes live in a community harmoniously.

 

 

Since the dawn of mankind, when the savannahs of East and Southern Africa saw the birth of humanity, Tanzania has been a haven to countless peoples of many different origins. Tanzania  history has been influenced by a procession of peoples, fromthe original Bantu settlers from South and West Africa to the Arabs from Shiraz in Persia and the Oman; from thePortuguese to the Germans and the British until finally,Tanzanians took control of their own destiny independency

in 1961.

 

Example; Hehe people of Iringa Region were very hostile to the German rule. Chief Mkwawa led his people in a war againstGerman rule. Hehe tribe was very stronger so German soldiers  used extra force to defeat hehe people. Hehe people were using spears, arrows, bows; but Chief Mkwawa had at least few guns.

That is why they had a hope which gave them power. The war  was fought for a long time until hehe people surrendered.

 

At this moment, chief Mkwawa was not ready to be caught by Germans. He committed suicide. Also Germans shot him,cut his head and sent it to German Museum. In 1954 is whenhis skull was brought back to Tanzania.Now the skull is stored in a small Museum in Kalenga Area, Iringa Region. Many Germans and other tourists from Europe come to experience this unique history.

 

Isimila Stone Age Site.

 

About 20km South of Iringa, on the main road to Mbeya, Some of the richest findsof Stone Age tools were discovered in 1951. Many fossilized bones were also found in the area, among them those of a mammal related to the modern giraffe, but having a much shorter neck, and an extinct hippopotamus with unusual periscope like projections.

 

A TOUCH OF AFRICAN MAGIC.

 

Imagine a country that can fulfill every holiday dream you ever had.  A country of wide open spaces and magnificent wildlife, of idyllic palm fringed islands set in turquoise seas, of pirate tales and sultans palaces, of smiling faces and warm hospitality. If you distilled everybody quintessential dream of Africa

 into one  country, Tanzania would be the result. It is an intensely sensual land, appealing to sight, sound,  taste, touch and smell.Somehow everything seems to be bigger, wilder, more exotic and quite simply, more Spectacular in Tanzania.

 

Tanzania enjoys the cultural heritage more than 120 tribes spiced with touches of Chinese, Persian and Arab influence from long ago traders.

 

In Tanzania there are many tribes. But some of the Tourists  (Europeans & Americans) culture and customs are imitated and adopted this Western culture.

Most of which adopted are good. Now the Western and Local culture make up a mixture which is exciting. Come and Discover with JATL.

 

It is worthwhile to come and know which of your customs/traditions are adopted by most Africans!? Meanwhile you will be exploring cultural diversity of Tanzanians and East African at large. From Indian Ocean coast cultures to Western Tanzania tribes, From the Chagga people in the snow capped Mountain  Kilimanjaro to the Maasai tribe of the endless plains of Serengeti & radle of Mankind the Ngorongoro crator. Then from the large tribe Sukuma and Hayas  living around Lake Victoria to the Southern Highlands mix of many  small tribes. Then you will get opportunity to know the great war caves of the African warriors and their relative history.

 

Around Mt. Kilimanjaro there are interesting and exciting waterfalls with azure blue waters. It is the area of relaxation,  for swimming, taking photos and films; it has the atmosphere of tranquility and seclusion.  

 

Apart from seeing, we are great exporters of traditional and cultural souvenirs, makonde carvings, exclusive animal carvings,  gold jewellery, gemstones, Tanzanite, antiques, fabrics, ebony carvings, and paintings e.t.c This service is free of charge- no commission for this service; then why not book with JATL!?

 

USAMBARA MOUNTAINS VIEW Usambara Mountains are  located northwest of Dar es salaam and are part of an ancient  necklace of mountains called the Eastern Arc which believed to be formed 25 million years ago. The Usambara Mountains are truly hiker's heaven with all the natural beauty imaginable to see  and welcoming people to meet.There are roads and good paths  leading nearly everywhere, and although much of the walking is  at the elevations from 5,000 to 7,000 feet-the climbs are rarely emanding.

 

MTO WA MBU It is a small village located 130km west of Arusha Town (2 hours drive) and situated under the Great East African Rift Valley escarpment, just the entry point to Lake Manyara National Park. The area around Mto wa Mbu was rather dry and hardly populated till the early fifties, when the first steps were made to irrigate the area. Within few year hundreds of acres of newly cultivable land were created.

 

The rapid population growth also turned Mto wa Mbu in a melting pot of cultures. Various Traditional modes ofproduction stand as an example of this culture diversity.Chagga people are producing their banana beer. A farmer from Kigoma makes palm oil from palm trees that he brought from the shores of lake.Tanganyika, the Sandawe are making bow and arrow for hunting and the Rangi people are using the papyrus from the l akes and rivers for making the most beautiful mats and baskets.

 

 On the surrounding plains Masai families live in tradition bomas and the worriors wander with their cattle looking for pasture and  water. N.B:

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Mto wa Mbu is the host town at Manyara National Park. It is also a Route Centre to Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Therefore this programme can be also recommended for clients who need both Safari and Cultural programme. A walk through the farms  in the green Oasis at the fast of the Rift Valley. Climb to Balaa

hill from where you can oversee whole town. A view into the culture of the many different tribes living in the area. A trip to the Miwaleni lake and waterfall, where papyrus plants grow abundantly. Visits to development projects that aim at improving agriculture and start income generating activities for the farmers.Through explanation about the irrigation system that keeps our farms green.

 

 

MONDULI MOUNTAINS AND MAASAI BOMAS The  Monduli mountains lie to the north-west of Arusha town,about 35km,1hour drive to the area. The area is inhabited byMaasai tribe.

 

 A walk though a forest on the Monduli where an armed ranger  will be guiding you. Bufallos ,Elephant can be seen in this forest.Climb to the summit of Monduli mountain. Enjoy the viewing of Mountain Kilimanjaro and Meru( on a clear days).Descend to Enguik village.A visit to variety Maasai Bomas in this village.

 

LONGIDO It is situated 100km north of Arusha on the way To  Nairobi. The indigenous in the area are Maasai people.TheMaasai are nomad/pastoral tribe and has no permanent place To settle; here and there wondering around looking for greenerPastures and water for cattle mostly. Attractions include visit Maasai Bomas, historical German grave, market place visit a bustling colorful cattle market once a week on Wednesday Longido town. Trees andplants used for making food, drinks and Medicines. 

 

MAMBA - MARANGU This area is 30km northeast of Moshi own at altitude1800m, 45 minutes drive from Moshi town. We offer full and half day tour on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Attractions include water falls, beautiful views, coffee trees (this is the area where the first coffee tree in Tanzania was planted by German Missionaries), caves used during Maasai/ Chagga wars, traditional and modern chagga art,Culture, and homes see an iron smith at his ancient craft.

 

IKIDINGA It is located 10km north of Arusha town, 30min. drive or 2hours walking to the starting point. From Arusha Town take the small road north at Ilboru junction on the Nairobi - Moshi road. There are so many things will make you get the feeling of what you knew before . You mix with Wa-arusha , you will eye their culture, then walk through their farms where cash crops are produced, pass through impressive view points overlooking Arusha town while passing canyons, hiking narrow footpaths and trekking some small hills around there. There are super tradition healer for different diseases who will show and explain how to use roots and leaves in treating patients. NGIRESI  Ngiresi is situated north-east of mount Meru, 6km walk or 90min.from town of Arusha. It can be reached by taxi or private car. The area is inhabited by Wa-arusha and Maasai tribes.  Tour involve a visit to mzee Loti's farm and get explanations about the biogas, crossbreeding and soil conservation projects on the farm. A walk to nearby bomas, see various styles of  traditional Maasai and Wa-arusha houses. Climbing Lekimana hill, have a good vantage point view over Arusha town and the  surrounding maasai plains. On a clear day, Mt. Kilimanjaro is  visible. Descend the Lekimana hill on the other side. You back at Mzee Loti's farm. A tour to the catchment forest on the higher slopes of Meru and see the spring which forms the main water source for the village. Visit to a traditional healer at the edge of the forest. Further down a fish nursery is visited in the backyard of a farm.

 

LAKE EYASI Lake Eyasi lies about 190km west of Arusha  town and south-west of Ngorongoro crater. Eyasi is a soda (alkaline) lake and the surrounding land is hot and dry, except  for a few spots where clear springs, running underground emerge by the lake shore. The area around lake Yeas is inhabited  by the bushmen(Hadzabe and Tindiga).They are very ancient people believed to have lived here for over 10,000 years. Their language is vaguely similar to that of the bushmen in

southern Africa. Also in the area are Maser people and "Wairaqi"(also called Wambulu). A visit to bushmen for duration of 3 or more days is breathtaking. A rare chance of going for hunting with the bushmen and experience a different culture direct by visiting indigenous people in the area. The bushmen will explain how they could preserve food.

 

MULALA Located 30km away from Arusha. You can get there  by car or bus via Usa River(Moshi road).The indigenous are Meru people. A number of short tours, including women businesses like heese and butter-making dairy, see coffee and banana farms to the  top of Lemeka Hill. A glimpse of the daily life of Meru farmers,  information on surrounding vegetation and crops retailing, biogas  energy, local landmarks with spectacular views of both Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro.

 

 

 

 

JATL; CULTURAL TOURISM PROGRAM:

5 DAYS/ 4 NIGHTS HIKING.

 

DAY 1: Leave Arusha for a visit of Enguiki village at Monduli. Visit Maasai bomas with a guide. Overnight at Enguiki village.  

 

DAY 2: Drive to Enderesi, Mfereji village around Enguiki. Visit Maasai bomas and farms  around the village. Overnight at Enguiki village.

 

DAY 3: Leave Enguiki and drive to Mkuru village where you can ride a camel. Overnight at Mkuru village.

 

DAY 4: Drive to Mulala village. A school visit to  A local primary school where children will greet  visitors with songs and dance. Overnight at mulala.

 

DAY 5: Drive to Ng'iresi village. Visit to a traditional healer where you can see ancient remedies that have been used for thousands of years, a view in to the Wa-arusha culture (old stories, traditional houses).

 

END OF HIKING

 

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