“It was so exiting watching thousands of wildebeest crossing the serengeti, it was an experience of its own, never seen such a thing before, just in Tanzania, just with Ipam Safaris.”
--- Colms Coleman---
CEO Ceba Company
For those on a Tanzania holiday getting the chance to discover more about the people of Tanzania is really an opportunity that should not be missed. How do every day Tanzanians live their daily lives, where do they live and work, what do they do to socialize? How are Tanzanian children educated? All of these questions can be answered by arranging to visit some of the many towns and villages that will be near your African safari base.
For holidaymakers and tourists who are interested, their local guides can arrange for them to visit local schools, medical centers, markets or to see the work being done by the many conservationists who make it their life work to help preserve the unique Tanzanian environment.
If the arts are of interest to you can do more than just purchase arts and crafts to take home with you, you can actually go and see local artisans at work or local entertainers rehearsing and performing. You can probably even give some of it a try yourself.
CULTURE TO KNOW WHEN IN TANZANIA
The population in Tanzania is very diverse one and while many Tanzanians still celebrate and honor their personal heritage they have also embraced the modern world. There are a few tribes in Tanzania though who have the most part resisted modernization and its trappings and still lead a very traditional existence. Arranging to visit some of them while you are on Tanzania holiday is something your local guide can do and such a trip will give you a glimpse at not only the way these peoples live their lives today but how they did in the past as well.
Near Lake Eyasi you can meet with members of a small tribe called the Hadzabe. They speak a click language and as master hunters and gatherers can show you how to light a fire without a match or the best way to hunt using only a bow and arrow!
The Maasai on the other hand are probably the most recognized tribe in East Africa and tribe members are happy to show tourists how they construct their mud homes, allow them to meet – and sing – with their children and the gentlemen are always ready to demonstrate their legendary jumping prowess for an admiring crowd.
HOME VISITS AND STAYS
If you truly want to experience what it is like to live in Tanzania while you are there on a Tanzania holiday then you should consider asking your guide to arrange for you to spend a day and night with an everyday Tanzanian family in their home.
There you will be able to learn all about their daily routines, what they like to do or simply exchange stories and anecdotes while you enjoy a home cooked meal. If you are staying overnight you will have your own room and will be offered a hearty breakfast before you bid your new friends farewell and continue on your African safari holiday.