Home to some of the last hunter-gatherers in Africa, the Hadzabe Bushmen have made the area around Lake Eyasi their long –time hunting grounds. Day -trips or longer safaris with the Hadzabe Bushmen give visitors a chance to experience a way of life that has long since vanished elsewhere on the planet. Morning hunts with the Hadzabe warriors, armed with bows and arrows, offer a fascinating glimpse into ancient way of life. Honey -gathering, walks to find traditional dances are all part of the Hadzabe cultural tourism experience.
Why not combine a hike up the world’s most impressive mountain with a visit to its people, the historically progressive Wachagga? See traditional and modern Chagga art, culture and homes.
See how the Maasai, among the last of the world’s pastoral people, are adapting to the 21st century in their own way and in their own time. Visit Engaruka, the lost city in the shadow of the Great Rift Valley Wall, where Maasai mix irrigation, farming and traditional herding. In Mkuru, near Arusha National park, short camel treks with local Maasai give visitors a glimpse into nomadic culture, as they climb nearby OI Donyo Landaree.
THE PEOPLE OF MOUNT MERU
Only minutes from bustling Arusha are spots that look and feel as they did decades ago. But everywhere, too is a transition as the WaArusha and WaMeru people adopt tradition to progress and science. Visitors can meet a traditional healer, learn about animal husbandry and agriculture, and buy carvings and foodstuff from local handcrafts co-operatives or women’s business.
SOUTHERN PARE MOUNTAINS
Walk the most remote mountains of northern Tanzania with local farmers, through traditional Pare Villages and dense tropical forests. From half day to three day guided hikes, this is an opportunity to step into culture of the Pare people. Visit the Mghimbi Caves, secret hiding place during the slave raids, the proceed to Malameni Rock, the scene of human sacrifice to appease evil spirits up until the 1930’s. Walk through the Ikongwe village; believe by locals to be a gift from heaven, surrounded by mountains traces and small waterfalls. Profits from these tours are used to subsidize much needed energy saving stoves and educational scholarships.
A journey though prehistory in Olduvai George
Take a journey through the most famous archaeological location in east Africa. A journey through history of mankind and where it all began, “the cradle of man”. This is often a journey well spent stopping before going to Serengeti or Ngorongoro, giving you apple time to enjoy a new activity, before continuing with your African Safari.