Cultural Tourism

East Africa is held as the cradle of mankind, and Tanzania in particular is renowned for the discoveries that were found at Olduvai Gorge. It is with this backdrop that is home to diverse cultures. For the visitors there is more to see than the world animals. While the game is great, a visit with the culture in mind not only opens one to the rich history but also to the diversity of languages, cultures and people.

Tanzania is not only home to the Maasai, but also has other older cultures that call it home and have been here for hundred if not thousands of years. From the shores of Lake Victoria to the sandy beaches in Zanzibar one is amazed by the richness wrapped up in the ruins, the cultures and the history.

From the Maasai, walking on the plains of Ngorongoro, to the Hadzabe hunting in the bushes of Lake Eyasi, one is amazed by how different communities can be, as they pass their tradition from one generation to the other by word of mouth. Amidst these communities are other that are not as famous, but they also offer a richness in history and in diversity.

Ngorongoro Adventures, can arrange a visit to a Maasai boma, where you will experience how they live and the set up of the homestead. For those who love adventure, they can take part in the preparation of food and listen to the stories of times gone by. With the Hadzabe, one can wake up early in the morning from the camp or lodge and join them as they go hunting in the bushes for food. All these experience are designed such that the local community gains from the tourists who visit.

For the lovers of history and who want to delve in the mysteries of past communities, Engaruka ruins are a perfect recipe. The ruins are remnants of a community that was so advanced that they had a complicated system of irrigation to cater for their farms. But somehow for some unknown reasons, the whole tribe left around 18th century and no one knows where they had come from, and where they went. The area is in the plains of the Rift Valley and has fertile land, which begs the question, why would a whole community leave a village that they had developed for years and never to return. These ruins are still there for visitors to marvel at the technology of ancient people.

At the coast, one meets the fusion of cultures. From the intermarriage between Bantus and the Arabs, a new language was formed. Swahili is one of the languages that does not look back beyond five centuries. From Pemba to Kilwa the islands are a testament to the adventures of human beings to the resilience of the human spirit.