Cultural Tourism Programs in Tanzania
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Tanzania had to define its cultural tourism product to be more precise. In the Tanzania context however, cultural tourism adopts a community-based tourism approach in which the people are directly involved in designing, organizing tours and showing tourists aspects of their lives in the area they live in. While economic benefit is derived from this activity, some cross cultural exchange between visitors and the local people is also developed. Operated through the criteria of ownership of the activities undertaken and equitable distribution of the income generated are underlying factors of the programme. It is people tourism that enables tourists to experience the local people’s way of life, offering insights into the values, beliefs and traditions in the host communities’ own environments.
The aim was and is to develop and promote cultural excursions, organized by local people in their natural environment where they live today. Cultural Tourism development took an approach of Sustainable Pro-poor Tourism. This is a way of doing tourism so that it focuses specifically on unlocking opportunities for the poor to benefit more within tourism, rather than expanding the overall size of the sector. Sustainable Pro-poor Tourism goes well beyond ecotourism and community based tourism. It is an approach that attempts to maximize the potential of tourism for eradicating poverty by developing appropriate strategies in co-operation with all major groups/stakeholders central government, local governments, tourism operators, and local communities to have a fair distribution of benefits.
Tribes in their Traditional Habitat:
MARANGU CULTURAL PROGRAMME
At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, outside the entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park, lie the beautiful towns of Mamba and Marangu. Here, local people have planned walking tours through valleys and waterfalls depicting mountain village life.
Chagaa Tribe in MAMBA AND MARANGU
The name Marangu derives from the local Chagga word meaning ‘spring water’ and the village is situated on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro about 40 km from Moshi town. This programme offers a variety of half-day trips taking in various natural and cultural sites on the surrounding slopes. Other walks lead to nearby Mamba and Makundi, known for their traditional Chagga blacksmiths. Magnificent views of valleys and waterfalls offer great entertainment for nature lovers and bird watchers. With more than seven waterfalls in the vicinity one can spend a whole day enjoying the picture postcard views. Walking tours will provide magnificent view overlooking the area including points where the lights of Nairobi can be seen at night.
Walking through the well maintained coffee and banana fields is a pleasure. Visits to tree, flower and fruit nurseries help to portray mountain life and give guests the chance to see a wide range of unique flora and fauna.
Hadzabe (Bushmen) Tribe