|Tanzania Cultural Tourism|
Tanzania as few places in the world can offer variety of learning and adventurous centers about the oldest people found in the earth. The Serengeti believed to be inhabited by the first people in earth with the earliest record of a day 3.6 million years ago when three early human-like creatures (or hominids) walked across the Serengeti Plains, at a place now called Laetoli. With the eruption of volcano in that area the prehistoric people left a clear trail of footprints which was molded by lava before the early archaeologists found it by chance.
The historians and archaeologists keep on giving us experience of these contiguous areas (of Ngorongoro and Serengeti) that 1.75 million years ago recorded shows that ancient walls of Olduvai Gorge where several skulls and related fossils of early hominids were found.
The experiments were done by the family of Dr. Leakey in middle 1900’s.
With the earliest people been moved by the Datoga people (probabily) who inhabit the Serengeti for years before been ousted by the Maasai approximately 150 years ago. Today no tribe can claim to be the original inhabitants of the Serengeti. Come with us now to show you these areas where current habitant linger with domestic and wildlife with their culture not distorted comparable with the other tribes of Tanzania approximately more than 120 speaking different native languages. For this reason we will be focusing in different areas, the Ngorongoro and Serengeti meeting the Maasai, Datoga and other popular tribes nearby the area.
Maasai Village: The series of houses built by Maasai women in a round shaped protected by wild trees with thrones famously as Maasai Boma are places not to miss during a traditional tour. Leaving a huge space at the middle of those houses is a place to put their herds of cattle, sheep, goats, and donkeys after grazing. Traditionally Maasai are nomadic pastoralists with their herds to find pasture and water; however, in recent years some of them have made more permanent settlements.
Fortunately the tribe has extended to Kenya whereby travelling from Kenya to Tanzania normally is done on foot and it my take two to three days to rich the destination. It is at this time when there is no use of passport when crossing the boarder since they use to say “I just arriving from that Boma there” and this among others makes them legendary for their independence, physical courage, and their wildness as warriors.
Wearing in red and blue colors the amazing culture is the way they dance their traditional music and jump, the killing of lion before getting married (but the government has asked them to stop it to protect the wildlife) and live in peaceful coexistence with the surrounding wildlife. Yet the Maasai are polygamist and the man who has many children especially boys is referred to as Boma Kubwa (Big Boma).
The good thing about this tour it can be incorporated into any itinerary enroute from the Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater. Leaving in age-set system a village chief will provide a tour of the Boma and explain their beliefs and way of life. Dance with them, build house with Maasai women and if you are lucky if they have a traditional meeting they use to slaughter a cow you can witness and share barbeque with the Boma. Take pictures with them as no problem thinking of assisting them in schooling or whatever social service in need to improve their leaving standards.
Pare – Mountains: Mghimbi caves and malameni rock – In the 19th century the caves where used by indigenous as a hiding place. This was the colonial era whereby people where taken to Europe and America as slaves. With our guides we will hike the Malameni rock and he will tell us a tale about the rocks. The main story is of about a thousands children were sacrificed to the gods to appease the evil spirits.
Marangu – Mamba village: Marangu village is one of the famous villages for those who have climbed the highest mountain in Africa Mountain Kilimanjaro. The headquarters of the mountain are located to this village rich in different waterfalls acquire its water source from the mountain. Come and visit the home and memorial of the late Yohana Lauwo, a Marangu native who accompanied Dr. Hans Meyer on the first recorded climb of Kilimanjaro in 1889. Read the original books of Mr. Lauwo, who lived for an astonished 124 years.
While in Marangu one can learn more about the chagga culture by visiting a traditional chagga house made of straw roofing. Also the traditional food made by bananas and local brew known as Mbege can be tasted.
Mkuru: The village is located north side of Mountain Meru near the Momela gate. The inhabitants of the area are the warriors Maasai tribe. With their scattered house around the area are the populations of camel over a hundred. The village is popular for its camel safaris. Also one can hike to the Ol doinyo Landaree the little mountain that looks like a pyramid.
The game can be view also with wild animals like zebras and giraffes escorted by Maasai warriors’ guides. Mkuru has numerous birdlife including the red and yellow barbet, fischers and rufous crowned roller among others.