Experience the charm of the friendly Tanzanian people. Choose to spend a few days at several of the cultural heritage sites in Tanzania. You can spend one day to several with some of the 125 distinct ethnic groups. Meet the people and learn about their day-to-day activities and lifestyles. Some of the Cultural Tour programs include the Hadzabe tribe, the Datooga, Babati, Hanang, Engaruka, Longido, Machame, Mamba, Maasai, Marrangu, Mto Wa Mbu, and more. You will also see the natural beauty of the areas including, waterfalls, hot springs, indigenous wildlife, and magnificent views.

Zanzibar is a romantic island off the mainland of Tanzania. It is known as the Spice Island because cloves, nutmeg, anise, saffron, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, etc., are all grown there. This island has some of the most beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Here, you will find open air markets, hiking trails, and Stonetown with its blending of traditions and architecture from Africa, India, the Middle East and the Moors. There is so much to see on this island.

Serengeti National Park is famous for its Annual Migration to Serengeti national park of more than one million wildebeests and 500,000 zebras. This is an adventure of a lifetime! It is a land of savannas, grasslands, plains, and forest. It is plentiful with wildlife. There are elephants, lions, gazelles, water buffaloes, hippos, warthogs, giraffes, zebras, leopards, etc., There are small mammals, reptiles, and about 500 species of birds.

Tarangire National Park is found in the Northern Circuit of Tanzania called the roof of Africa. Tarangire is a home of enormous number of Elephants and the baobab trees that they like to graze. The Tanangire River runs through the park where animals gather to drink, bathe and enjoy the fresh water source. Other animals found there are the tree climbing lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, honey badgers, hippos, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, small mammals, reptiles, birds, and many more.

Kilimanjaro National Park has the highest Mountain in Africa called Mount Kilimanjaro, which is a dormant volcano. In the park there are varying ecosystems of savannas, forests, and the peak of the mountain, including rocks and ice. Many animals live in these environments such as elephants, grey duikers, red duikers, elands, water buffaloes, colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, leopards and many more. Come for the view or the trek.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority is known as the “Garden of Eden” a true paradise with an immense volcanic caldera. It is teeming with wildlife including all of the big five. It is the best place to see the endangered black rhino. You may see the Maasai people, a native tribe, that live in this area. This place is one of the most important prehistoric sites because our earliest ancestors lived here.

The Hadzabe Tribe are an indigenous people that live around Lake Eyasi in Tanzania. They are nomads, living as hunters and gatherers. They live much the same way that their ancestors lived from over 10.000 years ago. Their language is called Hadzane, which includes clicks made by the tongue. While visiting the tribe they taught me one of their dances. They will demonstrate the dances and songs and then let you join in with the dancing.

The Hadzabe men make their fires with wooden sticks. They twirl a straight hardwood stick, fast between the palms of their hands. This stick fits into a hole in a softwood stick placed on the ground. As the stick heats up it ignites dried grasses placed on it. The Hadzabe never use matches. Just like their ancestors they have no need for them. The fire keeps them warm at night since they don't have blankets or sheets, it is also protection from animals such as snakes and hyenas, and the smoke keeps mosquitoes at bay. During the day they cook their food over a fire. They often keep a fire of coals going all day long.


The Datooga women have been decorating their bodies with tattoos for a long time. Pictured in the photo is a Datooga woman with circular patterned tattoos around her eyes which are done for beautification purposes.
When visiting the tribe I was asked by a Datooga woman what my husband had given my mother when we got married. I told her that my mother didn't receive anything. The Datooga woman had a difficult time understanding this since she had received 12 cows, some honey, and tobacco from her future son-in-law.

Jean Carroll