Cultural Safari in Tanzania

Learn about Tanzania – its people and places – from those who manage and depend on its precious natural resources. Search for breakfast with Hadzabe hunter-gatherers or join the Maasai to milk there heard of cattle before sundown.

Tanzania Cultural Tours Experience

We believe the cultural diversity of Tanzania is one of its greatest strengths. By meeting and understanding people whose views and values are very different from your own, you acquire new insights and perspectives that change your attitudes towards them, towards yourself and towards the entire world. This new depth of perception and wisdom opens new horizons, opportunities and flexibility in your future life choices. There is more to Tanzania than the spectacular wilderness, unbelievable landscapes, scenic beaches, breathtaking natural wonders, and teeming avifauna. The country is defined by its diversity and an important facet of what makes it diverse and lends the country strength and vigour is its Tanzania Cultural Tour .

Tanzania Cultural Tours are a popular product in Tanzania that is mostly sold as an add-on to enrich main safari tour programs. Most cultural tour sites in mainland Tanzania were developed by the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in conjunction with the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), starting with selected villages around Arusha in northern Tanzania and spreading out into other areas. These are traditionally existing villages which have been made accessible to visitors who may have a glimpse of the authentic lifestyle of the more than 120 tribes in rural Tanzania.

Most visitors to Africa, especially first timers, find the continent and its people enchantingly different and a special experience. We at Toto Africa Adventures appreciate this fact and endeavor to include visits to the local communities to give our guests the opportunity to see firsthand the way of life in a typical African village.

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​Sustainable Cultural Immersion as part of your Safari

Learn about Tanzania – its people and places – from those who manage and depend on its precious natural resources. Search for breakfast with Hadzabe hunter-gatherers or join the Maasai to milk there heard of cattle before sundown. These long term relationships with communities allow for a structured but un-staged encounter. The areas have a wilderness character so that visitors (and we ourselves) have the privilege of learning about wildlife, nature, and the land through a synergy of traditional and scientific knowledge.

Since its beginning, Toto Africa Adventures has based its travel concept on the philosophy that our natural environments (and wilderness and wildlife) are intimately and irrevocably linked to people – both locally and globally. Based on a sound natural sciences background and a thorough knowledge of the peoples of East Africa, Toto Africa Adventures has designed cultural travel for individuals and groups that provide stimulating educational experiences. These special adventures engage participants in issues of ecology, culture and development.

Supporting the Locals during your Tanzania Cultural Safari

Besides enriching itineraries and adding quality to the tours offered in Tanzania, the cultural tours are generating direct income to the local communities that are being visited, contributing to their development. Thus by visiting the cultural sites the guests would be giving support to community health, water supply, primary education and many other social and economic projects carried out at village level as well as reforestation and protection of environment.

Some of the popular cultural centres which may be tailored into visitor itineraries include:

  • Mto wa Mbu, a multicultural village-cum-town near Lake Manyara National Park
  • Maasai Boma and villages in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Lake Eyasi: land of the Hadzabe and Datoga
Maasai Cultural Experience

Maasai Boma Visit

A visit to one of the many Maasai bomas that dot Ngorongoro is the easiest and cheapest way to interact with the famous Maasai people.

While the Maasai people are not allowed to live within national parks, Ngorongoro Conservation Area allows these semi-nomadic people to continue living their lives as they always have.

Visits to authentic Maasai villages are not easy to arrange, but these tourist-focused bomas offer visitors a chance to explore a village, see traditional dance, and even pick up a few souvenirs.

The perfect stop on your way to or from the Serengeti, a Maasai boma visit is especially fun for kids who might be feeling cooped up on the long drive!

Note: As this is a tourist-focused activity, it is not recommended for those craving an authentic cultural experience.

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Lake Eyasi Hadzabe Experience

One of our most popular cultural experiences is the Lake Eyasi Hadzabe experience.

These fascinating hunter-gatherers still live their lives much as they always have, defying Tanzania’s rapid modernization in a way that is utterly fascinating to behold.

The opportunity to join the men of the Hadzabe tribe for a morning hunt before touring their village with the aid of a Datoga guide is a truly unique cultural experience, and one of our most popular add-ons.

Combine your day at Lake Eyasi with a night at Africa Amini and you’ve got a jam-packed day of cultural discovery!

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