Experience the Tribes of Tanzania The opportunity to see the Big Five and experience the Wildebeest Migration may be what draws many to Tanzania, but interacting with the tribes of Tanzania will leave a lasting impression. From the iconic Maasai to lesser-known tribes like the Datoga and Chaga, Tanzania has a rich cultural tapestry to explore. Whether you’re looking to add to your trip and build an entire trip around meeting the people of Tanzania, Shadows of Africa has you covered!
A visit to one of the many Maasai bomas that dot Ngorongoro is the easiest and cheapest way to interact with the famous Maasai people. While the Maasai people are not allowed to live within national parks, Ngorongoro Conservation Area allows these semi-nomadic people to continue living their lives as they always have.
Visits to authentic Maasai villages are not easy to arrange, but these tourist-focused bomas offer visitors a chance to explore a village, see traditional dance, and even pick up a few souvenirs. The perfect stop on your way to or from the Serengeti, a Maasai boma visit is especially fun for kids who might be feeling cooped up on the long drive!
We’ve waxed lyrical about the fantastic Africa Amini Maasai Lodge in the past. No other property in Tanzania manages to better balance authenticity and accessibility than this charitably-minded property. Africa Amini gives guests a chance to spend a night in a luxurious Maasai boma and participate in Maasai-led activities such as spear throwing, guided nature walks, and more.
There’s even a transcendent sunset song and dance performance that’s not to be missed! For those wanting to further immerse themselves in Tanzanian culture, tours to the schools, hospitals, and clinics Africa Amini funds can also be arranged.
Experience One of our most popular cultural experiences is the Lake Eyasi Hadzabe experience. These fascinating hunter-gatherers still live their lives much as they always have, defying Tanzania’s rapid modernization in a way that is utterly fascinating to behold.
The opportunity to join the men of the Hadzabe tribe for a morning hunt before touring their village with the aid of a Datoga guide is a truly unique cultural experience, and one of our most popular add-ons. Combine your day at Lake Eyasi with a night at Africa Amini and you’ve got a jam-packed day of cultural discovery!
In light of recent demand for more cultural safaris, we have launched a five-day Tribes of Tanzania safari that is focused on immersing you in the local culture.The itinerary includes the Marangu village tour, Lake Eyasi Hadzabe experience, Africa Amini Maasai experience, but also features a number of additional cultural experiences including:
Mto Wa Mbu walking or cycling tour: Explore a bustling market town where locals meet to sell and buy goods. Optional add-ons include a local lunch or a visit to nearby Lake Manyara National Park.
Iraqw Visit: Interact with the Iraqw people who also call the Lake Eyasi region home.
Maasai community visit: Overnight at Shadows of Africa’s Ol Masera Lodge and spend time with the local Maasai community.
For people enchanted by the tribes of Tanzania, this is the ultimate five-day cultural safari.
Trekking For the more adventurous, Shadows of Africa offers a seven-day Ngorongoro Highlands trek that truly immerses you in the local culture. Accompanied by a Maasai guide and overnighting in villages from the tourist trail, this intense seven-day hike gets you well and truly off-the-beaten-path. Your trip also includes a chance to enjoy an Ngorongoro Crater game drive!