Experience the charm of the friendly Tanzanian people first-hand. There are several cultural heritage sites scattered throughout the country where you can spend from ½ day to a week with one of the 120 distinct ethnic groups making up the population. At the sites you will encounter natural beauty, including: rain forests, big waterfalls, magnificent views, lots of wild life, and, of course, the charming Tanzanians themselves! Your cultural tour will directly support the villages’ desire to become more self-sufficient, preserve their indigenous culture, and aid environmental conservation efforts.
Cultural Tourism Program Sites include :
Babati and Hanang, Engaruka, Ilkiding’a, Gezaulole, Kisangara, Longido, Machame, Mamba and Marangu, Mbeya, Mkuru, Mto wa Mbu, Mulala, Ng’Iresi, Northern Pare Mts,. Pangani, Southern Pare Mts., Western Usambara .
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Tanzania Cultural Tourism Programme is a sustainable pro-poor tourism initiative that engages local communities in various tourism activities for the purpose of delivering the services to earn an income from tourism. Tanzanians are proud of receiving tourists in their rural areas where authentic Culture of the people can be perfectly explored and various benefits gained by the community.
Cultural Tourism contributes to Community Development through providing employment to local people who works as Tour Guides, Coordinators of Cultural Tourism Enterprises, traditional dancing, storytelling, food service provision, accommodation service provision (home stays & camping) and through direct sales of goods and services to tourists.
Cultural Tourism creates an opportunity for local people to sell goods and services directly to tourists. On the other hand, communities benefit indirectly through tax or levy on tourism income or profits with proceeds.
A number of development projects such as education, health, water, environmental conservation and orphanage centres have been supported by Village Development fees which make a small portion of the package price. Other tourists have been providing voluntary donations to support local development projects. For the year 2010, 20 Schools have been renovated and supplied with desks and 1 new primary and Secondary school project in Babati and Hanang communities have been executed. The school project is $ 800,000 worth.
Currently Cultural Tourism Enterprises provides direct benefits (income) to Enterprise Coordinators, Tour Guides, Food Service Providers, handcraft makers (majority are women groups), story tellers, traditional dancers, farmers, traditional healers, blacksmith and home-stay service providers just to mention a few. Many poor and disadvantaged groups in rural areas are indirectly benefiting through Cultural tourism in Tanzania. Indirect benefits include supported development projects by development fees collected. Projects supported are schools, hospitals, water supply, orphanage centres and much more.