The Tanzania Cultural Tourism Programme
Eight New Cultural Tourism enterprises include:
Urithi Heritage Festival: Dar es Salaam 21 September
Opening in Dar es Salaam on 21st September, the Urithi Festival works to expanding tourism products, extend the tourism season, encourage creativity and pride in tradition. The Urithi Festival is a beacon to African countries to look to Africa’s yet unsung heritage.
The relevance of Tanzania’s cultural and heritage attractions have been neglected because of the natural wonders abundant in the country with the likes of Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Zanzibar and innumerable national parks. The label Tanzania Unforgettable is certainly most appropriate.
However Tanzania’s cultural heritage is even more astounding and can probably deliver just as much excitement as the natural wonders.
With over 126 tribes from the four indigenous languages of Africa, the Kushite, Bantu, Nilotes and San, all found in the country, its diversity is one that the world has never seen.
Therefore the Urithi Heritage Festival is most appropriately marketed because the festival foregrounds its promotion of heritage and the ideological implications of its historical narratives.
Look to the Kondoa cave paintings, the Zinjanthropus and the Laetoli footsteps, the Kilwa Kisiwani, Bagamoyo and Kilwa Kivinje ruins, the underwater city of Mafia’s Ras Kisimani, and in Zanzibar we are talking of possibly finding the lost city of Rhapta, the list is endless.
The slave route from Ujiji to Zanzibar is still to be given its historical due just as we are yet to visit the 200 or more caves found on the tiny Islands of Zanzibar.
Prof. Martin R. Mhando: Chairperson, Technical Committee Urithi Festival
Amani Cultural Tourism:
Located in Arusha region, Amani Cultural Tourism offers incredible opportunity to explore culture and lifestyle of Wameru tribe through rural cycling tours, visiting coffee farms, guided market visits, waterfalls and forest hikes. If you are looking for a place to acclimatize before climbing Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru this is a place to go. Their tailor made hiking tour to explore Mt. Meru Nature forest will take you to enjoy crispy fresh air while learning about community conservation projects. Located 4 kms off Moshi Arusha highway and 35 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Mkuu Cultural TourismEnterprise:
Looking for a place to explore before your climb to Mount Kilimanjaro? The friendly Chagga People welcome visitors to their beautiful village lying between the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaoro and Lake Challa for cultural experiences. Mkuu Cultural Tourism Programme offers coffee experience, village cultural tours, visits to Lake Challa, preparation and tasting of local chagga foods, Chagga traditional dance and homestay experience. Located 61 km from Moshi town to Mkuu Rombo District.
Hanag Cultural Tourism
Founded and managed by Barabaig people, the group offers visitors authentic rural African life experience including scenic Mount Hanang trekking tour, hikes in the natural forests rich with endemic flora and fauna. The Barabaig people offer traditional life experience, visiting the Iraqw tribe families as well as the blacksmith of the area. Hanang Cultural Tourism promotes sustainable tourism for community development and natural resource conservation for Mount Hanang. Located 68 km from Babati, Manyara Region.
Magamba Eco And Cultural Tourism
Tourist can enjoy a half day or full day village and farming tour, learn about the culture of Sambaa people who live in Usambara Mountains. For Botanist and Nature lovers Magamba forest hiking offers the best option to explore nature, learn about the unique species of plants and animals found in Usambara Mountains. Located 12 km from Lushoto Town, Tanga Region.
Pugu Hill Cultural Tourism
Pugu village offers the best cultural and nature experience for the weekend gate away given its proximity to Dar-es-Salaam city. The village is home to the indigenous Zaramo ethnic tribe lying on the Swahili Coast of the Indian Ocean. Meet and interact with local Wazaramo, taste Swahili food and even meet with the traditional healer or participate in cattle herding. A hike to the Pugu Hill natural forest is rewarding. Located 25 km from Dar-es-Salaam
Mama Shoo Cultural Tourism
The Cultural Tourism Programme here organises one of the best local Batiki making experiences, painting lessons with local women from the village. Visitors can take a day out in the village to interact with local farmers for coffee experience, participate in community tree planting projects. Enjoy delicious local foods and drinks made by the mamas while listening to the history of the Chagga people. Their homestay programme offers a unique opportunity for visitors to spend a night in a local home. Located at Maili Sita-Mnadani village, 12.5 km from Moshi Town.
Mama Mary Cultural Tourism
Mama Mary’s Cultural Tourism is an evergreen oasis where you can experience a mix of cultural activities in a scenic environment. Surrounded with beautiful flowers and vegetation, Mama Mary offer guest a unique opportunity to learn about local Wameeru tribe, their foods, Medicinal uses of different plants in her beautiful home garden. Extend your adventure to the nearby local market, mingle with local coffee farmers and visit local community development projects. Her comfortable homestay programme offers the best option for overnight stay with a local family. Located 9 km from Arusha City.