Arusha Cultural Tourism | Arusha Tours
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 Organisation (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. Tour Operators appreciate this fact and endeavour to include visits to the local communities to give our guests the opportunity to see first hand the way of life in a typical African village.
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.
Arusha Cultural Activities
Cultural tours: This is an amazing activity where you will be able to visit Mulala and Nkoranga villages located at the slopes of Mount Meru the second highest mountain in Tanzania. The cultural villages are found near Arusha national park and it takes about 45 minutes to one hour from Arusha town.
During the cultural tour you will be accompanied by a local guide who is well conversant with routes in the villages and this will help you interact with the Meru people, learn about their way of living, visit their homesteads, farmlands where they grow bananas, coffee, beans, cassava and rare cattle…..
Walk through the coffee plantation where you will learn about different steps of coffee growing, how coffee beans are peaked and roasted, grounded and packed, visit the bee keeping projects, taste the local honey, taste local dishes, visit the cheese making factory, enjoy traditional songs from agape women, buy craft items, visit the local schools, health centers among others.
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Arusha, formerly Northern Region, administrative region, northern Tanzania, East Africa. It is bordered on the northeast by Kenya. The Serengeti Plain lies in the northwest, and the Masai Steppe, broken only by isolated gneiss hills, lies in the south. In the central area of the region are the Crater Highlands, bordering portions of the East African Rift System. Volcanic activity and faulting have created broad lava plains and volcanic massifs such as Mount Meru (14,979 feet [4,566 metres]) and the occasionally active Oldoinyo Lengai (9,442 feet [2,878 metres]). Rainfall varies from 70 inches (1,800 mm) annually on Mount Meru to 20 inches (508 mm) on the semiarid plains. Terrain ranges from wooded savannas and montane forests to alpine areas.
Arusha accommodation – Top Accomodation in Arusha
Arusha is a popular tourist town in Northern Tanzania. It is located just below Mount Meru and 1.5-2 hours South-West of Kilimanjaro National Park, which makes it a popular base town for trekkers.Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge and Tarangire National Park are also not very far from the town.
The city has over 420,000 inhabitants, and is rather multicultural as far East African towns go!
LUXURY HOTELS IN ARUSHA
Enjoy a little luxury and pampering. Superb apartments, top premium hotels for great prices. 4 or 5 star best hotels, spacious apartments guarantee exceptional and luxury stay. Luxurious hotels offer many supplementary services and interesting possibilities.
Affordable mid-range hotels are the perfect combination of value-for-money and comfort. Mid-range hotels often feature bigger rooms than budget hotels, with more amenities. You'll find hotels in the Arusha city centre as well as hotels in other exiciting neighbourhoods.
There are actually many budget accommodation options in Arusha to consider. In some areas, guesthouses are more common, and actually cheaper than hostels. There are so many options for budget accomodation in Arusha, please click the photo and continue to read.
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Frequestly Asked Questions
Cultural tourism is important for many reasons. Perhaps the most prominent reason is the social impact that it brings. Cultural tourism can help reinforce identities, enhance cross cultural understanding and preserve the heritage and culture of an area.
It helps promote tolerance between people as they learn and better understand each other’s cultures. Preserving heritage. Tourism can help protect and finance the preservation of historic and cultural sites, and even prompt the creation of new community initiatives
Cultural Tourism is a real economic driver: More visits mean new money into the area economy, growing businesses and increasing tax revenues. Creates new jobs, businesses, events and attractions, thus helping diversify the local economy. Supports small businesses and enable them to expand.
The duration of an ideal Tanzania safari can take between 5 to 10 days, to ensure you hit all the top spots on your safari. The length though can depend on how long you’d like to stay and enjoy a specific place/hotel/park on your itinerary.
The Maasai (/ˈmɑːsaɪ, mɑːˈsaɪ/) are a Nilotic ethnic group inhabiting northern, central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known local populations internationally due to their residence near the many game parks of the African Great Lakes, and their distinctive customs and dress.
They are fearless: The Maasai have always been calm and courageous. They were formerly hunters, with their young men trained to hunt for food and to protect their families. In fact, until recently, a Maasai boy would only be crowned a warrior if they killed a lion single-handedly using a spear.
Unlike many other tribes in Tanzania, the Maasai are semi-nomadic and pastoral: they live by herding cattle and goats. The Maasai have not fared well in modern Africa. Until the European settlers arrived, fierce Maasai tribes occupied the most fertile lands.
The Maasai, an ethnic group of semi-nomadic people who inhabit in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, drink cow blood on special occasions – circumcision of a child, the birth of a baby and on the occasion of a girl’s marriage. It also is given to drunken elders to alleviate intoxication and hangover.
Red is the most important color; symbolizing courage, bravery, and strength. The Maasai also believe that red scares off predators like lions even at long distances. Red also represents unity within the Maasai culture because livestock are slaughtered when communities come together in celebration.
YES! Polygamy is allowed and accepted by the Maasai, since what makes the difference is the number of heads of cattle owned by the husband, the richer he is, the more wives he can afford.
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Safaris & Tours
Tanzania is one of Africa’s top safari destinations. The wildlife viewing is out of this world and big cats are especially easy to see. All members of the Big Five can be found in various Tanzanian parks and reserves, and all five are present in the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park.
The most frequent expeditions are obviously to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, but there are also other destinations such as the Crater Highlands. Trekking companies will happily put together an itinerary that suits your preferences and all other important details for your comfortability.
Unguja/Zanzibar Island, is the main island in the Tanzania. Stone Town, part of Zanzibar, is an old trade center, with mosques and winding lanes. The 1883 House of Wonders is a former sultan’s palace with a clock tower. The Old Fort now houses a cultural center and a stone amphitheater, The best beaches!