Eco-tourism, also known as Sustainable or Responsible Tourism, creates better communities to live in and better destinations to visit. It minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts. Boosted economies benefit the locals while improving working conditions and access to the tourism industry. An effective approach involves the community members in making decisions that will affect their way of life. With Responsible Tourism, travelers often enjoy otherwise remote locations while making positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage. At times, there is also a volunteer component such as helping orphaned children, building new schools or even wildlife preservation. This is not a new idea, rather a concept that westerners learn from a very young age. We all remember that bear telling us, only you can prevent forest fires or the mantra of reduce, recycle, reuse. Teachings like these are the building blocks of Eco-tourism. We offer custom assistance to all; including individuals, families, school organizations, senior citizens and special interest groups.
Mamba / Marangu
The name Marangu derives from the local Chagga word meaning ‘spring water’ and the village is situated on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro about 40 km from Moshi town. This program offers a variety of half-day trips taking in various natural and cultural sites on the surrounding slopes. Other walks lead to nearby Mamba and Makundi, known for their traditional Chagga blacksmiths and woodcarvers
Hadzabe (Bushmen) Tribe
The Hadza, or Hadzabe, are an ethnic group in north-central Tanzania, living around Lake Eyasi in the central Rift Valley and in the neighboring Serengeti Plateau. The Hadza number just under 1,000. Some 300–400 Hadza live as hunter-gatherers, much as their ancestors have for thousands or even tens of thousands of years; they are the last full-time hunter-gatherers in Africa.
The Hadza are not closely genetically related to any other people. While traditionally classified with the Khoisan languages, primarily because it has clicks, the Hadza language appears to be an isolate, unrelated to any other. The descendants of Tanzania's aboriginal hunter-gatherer population, they have probably occupied their current territory for several thousand years, with relatively little modification to their basic way of life until the past hundred years.
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 tour agents whom are 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 Masaai & Wa-Arusha, Swahili, and Chagga 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 programs, such as, the building of dispensaries, schools and cattle dip sites.
Maasai: jewelry, traditional events/dancing, cultural exploration and history can all be explored in a Maasai village day tour or a . Any village from ‘Olpopongi Village’ to Maasai villages in ‘Arusha’. Expirience authentic Maasai life and culture in a 100% traditional Maasai village. Enjoy village/museum tour, traditional lunch, learn maasai hunting techniques and natural maasai medicine and wildlife.
One of the most popular cultural destinations in Tanzania is the famed spice island of Zanzibar. Zanzibar holds a deep sway over the imagination through its historical position as a major maritime trading power in the 19th Century. Streets of the capital Stone Town evoke bygone days with narrow alleyways leading to Mosques, shops and houses. A visit to the House of Wonders gives you an incredible insight into Swahili Culture and the trading and cultural links between Zanzibar, India, the Middle East, Indonesia and China; all connected by the Indian Ocean. We suggest that you spend some time in Stone Town as it really is a unique, ambient, historic town and perhaps a spice tour to see cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon being cultivated.
Kondoa Rock Painting
The Kondoa rock art sites are a series of caves carved into the side of a hill looking out over the steppe, c. nine kilometres off the main highway from Kondoa to Arusha about 20 km north of Kondoa, in Tanzania. The caves contain paintings, some of which are believed by the Tanzania Antiquities Department to date back more than 1500 years. The paintings depict elongated people, animals, and hunting scenes.