If culture is what you’re after, please let us know. We greatly respect Tanzania’s cultural history and can easily include a cultural tour within your Tanzanian travels. Our most popular tours include visits to the Maasai, Hadza and Datoga tribes.
One of the best known tribes in Tanzania, and perhaps, all of Africa, is the Maasai tribe. They are familiar sights on the country’s northern plains; and, the bright color of their commonly worn shukas make for the perfect splash of intrigue. The Maasai are semi-nomadic and their wealth was once measured in the number of cattle they owned.
The Hadza reside in north-central Tanzania along Lake Eyasi. Genetically, this unique tribe is one of the oldest lineages of humankind. Their DNA suggests an ancient heritage, easily 100,000 years old. Only approximately 1,300 members of the tribe remain today; and, the group is the last full-time hunter-gatherers in all of Africa.
The Hadza don’t store food, plant trees or build houses. Rather, they make temporary huts from dried grass and intertwined branches, and move in accordance with the local animals.
Closely resembling the Maasai in culture, the Datoga reside in Tanzania’s northern Manyara Region. At first glance, this group is a natural fit with the environment, as the Datoga typically dress in the same color of the area’s reddish brown soil. A closer look, however, reveals colorful dresses, bead work, bracelets and necklaces. This, combined with the tribe’s tattooing of circular patterns around the eyes, makes for an extremely fascinating addition to Tanzania’s diverse, and dynamic, collection of ethnic groups.