Cultural Tourism In Tanzania : Tanzania is a united republic country given birth after the union between Tanganyika, the main land and an off shore archipelago Zanzibar. A union motivated by the similarities in the culture between the two nations but also solidified by their similar struggles prior to their independence and during slave trade where the main landers would meet the Islanders at the port before being deported.
Their geographic strategic location also provides a very suitable conveniences for their union given their inter-dependence geographically and economic-trade and transportation wise.
Tanzania has therefore strong nationalism and cohesion amongst its citizens, while the neighboring nations struggle with frequent uncalled for and catastrophic civil wars fueled by political stands or/and tribalism, Tanzania prides herself with her thriving peace and diplomatic ways of solving issues without resorting into violence united by their common language Swahili.
Despite being rich in all kinds of natural resources and wildlife wealth, Tanzania still struggles as one of the poorest economies in the world. Most of her citizens still live in subsistence sustaining below a 2USD per capita. Some of the southern highland’s regions in Tanzania have a multidimensional level of poverty given the high prevalence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that has crippled the society productivity and progress from a milestone to another, given the vicious struggle to poverty and disease. Some of the coastal regions are also affected by poverty living in absolute poverty with the severing culture of early marriage, female genital circumcision and superstitious beliefs.
In the segment of cultural tourism, you will get to indulge and experience all this first hand, you will have an opportunity to completely immerse into the community’s day today activities and sometimes challenge yourself to try and survive within the low budget. This will give you an empathetic approach and change your perspective. It will give you a more graceful and appreciative perspective.
Most families in Tanzania, live either in a shared family hut for those living in the rural areas typically a mud brick house roofed with iron sheets for the fortunate or grass for a struggling class within the population. The urban population would usually have a rented shared bedroom if a family or a single bedroom for a small family (husband, wife and a child). These families would share outside washrooms which are usually two bathrooms doors with a bucket water.
Typical mornings comprise of women busy with activities of preparing kids for school and themselves for their daily activity usually going to the market to buy vegetables in bulk and vend in retail to make ends meet. You hear the chicken choir early in the morning and the cricket sounds at night; the houses and establishments are usually not very well planned and so are squashed together; a regular meal is made of ugali (stiff porridge), beans, and a vegetable side and sometimes meat on a good day;x
Your cultural immersion won’t be complete if you don’t see the famous unique tribes that still embrace hunting and gathering and keep a lead a typical “wild” life. The famous Hadzabe with a click sound language and the Maasai jumping experience are definitely things that you should put in your to do list. You will also have an opportunity to see a locally barbequed meat if you are not a vegetarian.
There is one trick Tanzania uses to preserve and store records of her culture. This is nothing other than a proper utilization of the state-of-art museums. The Tanzanian community has a lot of museums designed to preserve the culture of various communities. Some of the museums which have proven to be breathtaking are as briefed on the proceedings. Taking off from Sukuma Museum in Mwanza, a museum which allows you to learn a million and one amazing facts about the Sukuma society’s culture. These facts cover all the way from its origin through the rise and fall of strong Sukuma Kingdoms. We also have ‘Kijiji cha Makumbusho’, a famous museum located at Dar Es Salaam (Bagamoyo Road). When entering this special cultural museum, you will be welcomed with the gorgeous scenery of huts from the sixteen different Tanzanian ethnic groups. Taking a keen look into these huts you will be able to discover the Maasai cultural village made from a collection of huts. All this is just to warmly welcome visitors into Kijiji cha Makumbusho Museum.