Culture & Wildlife of Tanzania
- 9 days -
This 9-day safari gives you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. You will meet people from the ancient Hadzabe, Datoga and Maasai tribes and learn all about their traditions and also pay a visit to a well-run Centre for disabled kids. And of course we also take you to all major wildlife parks of Northern Tanzania; Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Accommodation at comfortable tented camps and lodges is included.
Itinerary:Read itinerary for days 6-9
After breakfast, we set out to experience the cultural diversity of Mto wa Mbu, starting at the market and visiting a Chagga family producing banana beer and passing by many different farms. On the way, your guide will introduce you to the various fruits and vegetables growing in the area and explain the irrigation system that sustains local crops. After having a delicious, home-cooked meal in a local Mama’s home, we visit the nearby centre for disabled kids. Late afternoon we enjoy a visit to the Maasai Boma for the cultural encounter of a life time. The Maasai people are semi-nomadic herders, who choose to live a traditional lifestyle and are known for their distinctive traditional attire. On completion we return to the lodge for dinner & overnight.
Today’s activities are interacting with local Bushmen & Blacksmith communities. The Hadzabe Tribe live in groups hunting with bow and arrows and gathering roots, tubers and wild fruits, much as humankind lived in the Stone Age. We will obtain an in-depth look at how they continue to survive and adapt to their harsh environment and the challenges they face in continuing their nomadic existence. The Hadzabe have close relations with the Datoga tribe, blacksmiths who have developed their trade over centuries and still practice it very much the same way today. They produce the arrow heads for the Hadzabe and brass trinkets, some of which will be for sale by the maker himself.