Cultural tourism in Tanzania started as a program to help rural communities enjoy the benefit of tourism sector in which they are a part of. The program is the effort and initiatives of the Dutch Development organization know as SNV which has been directly involved in Tanzania’s community development programs, especially in the rural areas. The main goal is that rural communities should directly benefit from tourists who visit their areas. Cultural tourism allows local people such as Maasai, Pare, Sambaa, Wa-arusha, Gogo, Nyakyusa and Wazaramo to offer tours that show their culture, their sacred places of worship, economic activities, for example, farming, pastoralism and fishing.
The income generated is used by local people for specific development programmes, such as, the building of dispensaries, schools and cattle dip sites.
BABATI/HANANG – 170 kms from Arusha
Rift Valley/Gorowa Culture – A special Barbaig cultural insight hike – An exclusive Mt. Hanang Climb – A fishing adventure with local canoes while viewing hippo’s on Lake Babati – Gorowa story teller with information on rituals.
ENGARUKA – 180 kms from Arusha
Ruined city/Maasai – A guided walk through the mysterious ruined city – Thorough description of the past and present irrigation systems that keep the village green. – Bird-watching walks at the foot and slopes of the Rift Valley Escarpment.
ILKIDING’A – 7 kms from Arusha
Slope Meru/Wa Arusha – A view into Wa-arusha culture by visiting traditional healer and by tasting traditional food. – Walks through the fields on the slopes of Mt. Meru. – Visits to craftsmen who produce stools, knives, jewellery and other traditional objects.
KISANGARA – 90 kms from Moshi
Nyumba ya Mungu Dam – Fishing expeditions at Nyumba ya Mungu Dam. – Spice tour and cooking traditional dishes – A visit to the Lembeni Herbal Hospital.
LONGIDO – 81 kms from Arusha
Maasai/Mt. Longido – Walking safaris with Maasai warriors. – A climb up the impressive Longido Mountain – A view into the culture and daily life of the Maasai
MAMBA/MARANGU – 30 kms from Moshi
Slopes Kilimanjaro/Chagga – Walks by numerous waterfalls through lush green valleys with panoramic views of Kilimanjaro. – Visits to ancient hiding caves used during tribal wars. – Visit to blacksmiths using traditional methods.
MKURU – 50 kms from Arusha
Maasai/Camel ride – A visit to the camel camp at the foot of Mt. Meru – Camel safaris varying in length half a day to one week – Bird-watching in the plains around Mkuru – A climb up Ol Doinyo Landaree, a pyramid mountain
MTO WA MBU – 120 kms from Arusha
Mixed tribes/fields/rift – A walking tour of the farms and surrounding area at the foot of the Rift Valley – A trip to the Miwaleni Lake and Waterfall – A thorough explanation of the irrigation system – A view into the culture of the different tribes.
NGIRESI – 6 kms from Arusha
Slopes Meru/Wa Arusha – A guided tour of farms on the green and steep slopes of Mt. Meru – A view into the Wa-arusha culture (traditional health care, building styles) – A visit to several development projects
NORTH PARE – 110 kms from Arusha
Pare Culture/hills – A walk through Kindoroko Forest Reserve – Thorough explanation on medicinal power of plants and herbs growing in the area – A view into the Pare culture (old stories).
SOUTH PARE – 160 kms from Arusha
Pare Culture/Mountains – A walk through the Chome Forest Reserve – A climb to Shengena Peak, the highest point in the Pare and Usambara Mountains – Walks to the Tona Moorland and Ranzi Dam
PANGANI – 350 kms from Moshi
Coast Culture/slave history – A visit to a former slave labour camp and slave market site – A river cruise through the vast coconut plantations – A walk through Pangani historical town – A fishing experience with local fishermen
WEST USAMBARA – 270 kms from Moshi
Wasambaa/Mountains – A visit to viewpoints on the edge of the mountains. – Hikes through dense natural forests and along small tumbling rivers – Visits to irrigation and soil conservation projects.