What is cultural tours like in Africa?
As the world is becoming modernized, the need to go back in time, visiting remote tribes is becoming rare by each day, but because of our commitment, in our opinion some of the safaris we truly treasure is visiting remote areas and seeing the local tribes with little interaction with the western world, they will make your safari to Africa unforgettable. You can focus the entire trip on culture or you can include cultural interaction ranging from few hours to several days to a wildlife safari.
The Maasai people.
These slender, slim, and tall people are found in Tanzania and Kenya, they live nomadic lives herding cattle’s, goats, sheep, and donkeys used as a means of transportation, in facts, these are Maasai 4*4, and for the cattle is a sign of wealth, social standing and as well a source of food. Milk and blood tapped from the jugular vein is the staple food for these peoples. The Maasai traditional homeland is northern Tanzania, and southern Kenya where we have the best national parks to see wildlife in the whole region of East Africa, therefore most frequently encountered by a guest. However, considering the exposer they get from the western world they still maintain remarkable features of their identity.
In our opinion, if you want to interact very well with these people, you need to move away from the more touristic villages and visit remote ones where you will be on your own and avoid group safari.
Let Seven wonders safaris help you plan once in a lifetime Maasai cultural trip.
Bushmen / Hadzabe
Tanzania, Botswana, and Namibia, spend the day with the Hadzabe people, ancient hunter-gatherers who inhabit the land in Kalahari and are responsible for the rock painting in Botswana and Namibia. In Tanzania, they are found in Lake Eyasi, a gorgeous soda lake that’s part of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa, and witness their unchanged, traditional way of life and harmony with the earth.
Accompanied throughout by the Seven wonders safaris guide, guests have the opportunity to engage with the Bushmen and learn all about their time-honored hunting techniques, survival skills, food preparation, and cultural norms. A veritable step back in time, this is an undeniably authentic cultural journey into rural Tanzania that reveals the untold world of these charismatic people.
Amongst the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes inhabiting the scrubby bushland, Hadzabe men search for food alone and return home with golden honey, sweet fruit, or hearty wild game when, and if available. Women go out in large groups and forage for bright berries, baobab fruit, and tubers, depending on availability. In the rainy, wet season, sweet honey is the main staple of their diet along with colorful fruit, tubers, and sometimes meat.
Adjusting their diets to the seasons these tribes are incredibly skilled, selective, and opportunistic seekers and searchers. They have only themselves to rely on to feed their families and tribe.
If these types of experiences interest you, our opinion is you go know as is quickly vanishing.
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What to know when visiting the local tribes?
- Taking pictures is allowed but don’t be too picky, would I like my picture taken like that?
- Ask reasonable question
- Don’t call people using the index finger
- If you are given something take don’t refuse
- We recommend not taking pictures of the Maasai boys on the highway, but rather visit a proper village
- We discourage guests from giving them food or sweets, but if you have pens, books, or balls you are most welcome to it here.
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