Cultural and Days Tours

The Hadzabe

Hadzabe Bushmen Day Trip Walking Departure from Karatu very early morning to visit the Hadzabe and go hunting with them. The Hadzabe Tribe live in the dry terrain near Lake Eyasi, south of Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania. They have existed in this region for over 3000 years. The Hadzabe people are nomads and thus don’t live in the same place for long. They only set up camp for several days or even months and then when they have harvested the resources of their current location, they move to another area. Their moves are normally influenced by climate changes and the availability of wild fruits and vegetation for their animals. They build homes by weaving small huts out of sticks from the euphorbia bush. They eat roots, meat, wild fruits and use alternative medicine to treat their illnesses. They utilize sticks and grass to start fires. Their unique lifestyle makes a stay with them an interesting and stimulating experience. Drive back to Karatu in afternoon.

The Maasai

We start early in the morning and are accompanied by our English-speaking guide. The road takes us through beautiful landscapes: African bushland where we see dried-up river beds, baobab and acacia trees and sugar cane plantations. Once we arrive in the village, please remember to be a respectful guest and don‘t take pictures of the villagers without asking. During the visit you will have a chance to mingle with the Maasai and chat with them, but your social skills and creativity will determine how much they open up to you. Your English-speaking guide will assist you and translate into Kimaasai, as the Maasai themselves do not speak any other languages. Whilst you walk through the village with your guide, you will learn more about the culture of the Maasai. This will include a lesson on traditional Maasai medicine and the opportunity to taste the local Maasai tea. We will also have the opportunity to visit a Maasai home. In the early afternoon, we will leave the village and continue to the Kikuletwa Hot Springs, which are near the village of Rundugai. The Kikuletwa Hot Springs are certainly one of the most beautiful places in Tanzania – the hot springs are surrounded by fig and palm trees and winding roots – a real hidden paradise. The crystal clear, turquoise waters invite you for a refreshing swim. Although called a hot spring, water in Kikuletwa is not hot, but rather refreshing since the water source is from the Kilimanjaro mountain itself. Also, you will get to enjoy the Maasai barbeque, dance, foods, and lifestyles in their huts. with one night camping in their homes surround in the slope of Mt Kilimanjaro

Walking Safari In Arusha National Park

In Arusha National Park, you can go on a walking safari. This is a walk at the foot of Mount Meru under the guidance of a park ranger. During the hike, you may have the chance to see different species of animals, such as monkeys, buffaloes, zebras and many species of tropical birds. Depending on your wishes and your walking speed, this walk takes about an hour and a half. You will have lunch in the park after your hike is over. This activity is recommended in combination with a day planned in Arusha Nationalpark as it involves park fee and other additional costs

Coffee Tour

Tanzania has many coffee plantations, especially in the northern part of the country, where the climate is favorable for the magical coffee bean. Some lodges even grow their own coffee and it’s always interesting to make a tour over a plantation. If it’s the right season, the guided tour will show how coffee beans grow, how they are harvested and how the beans are finally processed to become the warm drink so many people love to start their day with. In other seasons it’s still possible to do a tour. The guide will then tell you about the different types of beans, how these beans are processed and how that delicious coffee taste is made. And of course, all tours end with a lovely cup of freshly brewed coffee!

Snake Park, Maasai Museum + Camel Ride

Meserani Snake Park houses snakes and reptiles that can be found in Tanzania. An experienced guide, who can tell you all about these animals, will accompany you. During the tour you will learn how the snakes defend themselves, where they live in nature and what they eat. There is also a bird sanctuary in the park and you can see different kinds of crocodiles and turtles. In the Massai Museum the Maasai tell you everything about their culture and even explain step by step how they build their houses. You will also learn more about their special holidays and rituals. The biggest difference to a visit of a Massai village is that in this museum you will go a little bit deeper into the way of life of the people of the Massai culture, the background of the tribe will be explained more detailedand there will be no demonstrations like there are in a Maasai village. Would you like to ride a camel? This is also possible here! If you can negotiate well, you can ride a camel for a short distance for just a few dollars.

Rundugai Hotsprings

The beautiful Rundugai Hot Springs are located in the middle of the Sanya Plains, about 35 km from Moshi. It is a small oasis in the heart of a dry and dusty landscape. Locals call this wonder the ‘Chemka Maji Moto’ meaning ‘boiling warm water’. This refers to the way in which the bubbling water emerges from under ground. The water has a nice temperature and is crystal clear, so you can see all the way to the bottom. The Rundugai Hot Springs are surrounded by tropical palm trees and impressive roots of big fig trees. It’s a true paradise and a great place to swim, relax, picnic and enjoy the beauty nature has to offer. There is also a rope swing for jumping into the water. On clear days you can even see the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro from here.

Walk To Kilimanjaro Waterfall

The Materuni waterfall is near Moshi, a town close to Arusha. This trip is excellent for travelers who want to see Mount Kilimanjaro up close. On a clear day this place offers an excellent view of Kibo, one of the famous peaks of Kilimanjaro. After approximately a two hour drive from Arusha you arrive in the beautiful village of Materuni at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. The village is blessed with good soil and is green all year round. It’s tempting for visitors to stop by and learn more about the cultural heritage of the Chagga tribe who live in this area. The village also offers an amazing view over Moshi and Kilimanjaro. A local guide will take you on a beautiful walk from Materuni to the amazing seventy meter high waterfall. It is the highest in this part of the country, with thousands of liter of crystal clear water from the Kilimanjaro glaciers falling down with an amazing force. At an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, the path leads through valleys and tropical rain forest, alternating between splendid views and plantations full of coffee, bananas and avocados plants. En route you can taste banana beer while the guide tells you about life in Materuni and the diverse nature of this area. Be sure to take a towel with you if you want to cool of from your walk with a refreshing dive into the ice-cold water of the waterfall! Back in the village you will end the day with a coffee roasting demonstration and an accompanying cup of fresh Materuni coffee and a local lunch.

Olduvai Gorge

The 100 meters deep and 50 km wide Olduvai Gorge is a steep ravine sited between the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. This is one of the most famous archaeological locations in East Africa, where remains of the earliest humans were found. The hundreds of fossils (bones) discovered here date back millions of years. Olduvai Gorge makes the Ngorongoro Conservation Area an important place in the world for the study of human origins and human evolution. You can also visit a small museum here.

Mountain bike Tour Arusha

This is a relatively easy, two-hour bike ride on beautiful paths. The mountain bike tour takes you past local banana and coffee fields and several Tanzanian farms. You also cycle through a number of villages on the outskirts of Arusha. It is a ride over flat terrain that shows how people live here. Trees provide the necessary shade along the route, which is especially nice in the warm season.

Stone Town And Spice Farm Tour

Follow the trail of the Sultans, slaves and explorers in the winding streets of Stone Town. Your guide will captivate you, retelling the events that shaped Zanzibar, leading you through the buildings where it all happened, like the former Slave Market and Anglican Cathedral, the House of Wonders and the Sultans’ Palace Museum, the Freddie Mercury House, the Old Arab Fort and Dispensary and many more. While tracing the steps of the past, the walking tour provides you with a window into modern life in Stone Town. Explore the markets and try the street food with an incredible selection of local specialities. Afterwards you will visit one of Zanzibar’s many spice farm. This gives you an insight into local life and offers you the opportunity to taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea. Depending on the season, you can find anything from vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, lemongrass, cloves, cumin, garlic, ginger, coriander, pepper, allspice, tamarind, jackfruit, custard fruit, orange, star fruit, banana, pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit, mango, avocado pear, papaya, grapefruit and many others. Learn about their properties, their origins and their uses as medicines and in food and drinks.

Prison Island Tour

Prison Island, near the coast, gets its name from the prison built to condemn Zanzibari citizens to the isolation of this island. Previously owned by an Arab to house his rebellious slaves, the prison was never actually used, and the island is now home to a tortoise sanctuary and a hotel. It also has spectacular coral reefs for you to enjoy. Giant tortoises shuffle through the trees, with the infinite patience that old age brings. Originally believed to be from the Comoros Islands and Seychelles, some of these tortoises are thought to be over 100 years old. Stately and lumbering, the tortoises have even been known to take children on a ride. After a trip to the tortoise sanctuary, you’re left to explore the island. If you’re feeling active, you can follow one of the hiking trails, snorkel in the crystal clear waters in search of colorful tropical fish darting through the reef or soak up some sun on the powder white beach.

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