Custom Designed Culture Safaris
Our Culture Safaris offer you a close up view of East Africa’s amazing diversity of wildlife — plus the opportunity to meet and interact with the indigenous people who have inhabited the land for eons. Made possible by Zohar’s close relationships with the region’s tribal leaders, these authentic encounters enable you to experience and participate in every-day tribal activities, and learn about the people’s religious beliefs and the problems effecting their survival of their way of life. Your itinerary can also include visits to archaeological sites, moderate to more challenging outdoor activities, and time to relax and soak up the area’s spectacular beauty.
In addition to wildlife viewing, your itinerary can include any of the following:
Mulala Cultural Visit With Agape Women Group
“Agape” means love. You will feel the love of the Mulala women as soon as you arrive at the Mulala village just 40 minutes above Arusha town on the slopes of Mout Meru. You will be greeted by their chants and dance, as is the traditional greeting when entering a traditional African village.
Their activities include making handcrafts and producing and processing honey and milk products such as butter, yogurt and cheeses. Mulala cheeses are later sold in the markets of Arusha and Dar es Salam. The visit include a scenic walk through Mulala’s agricultural fields where maize, coffee and other products are grown in Mulala’s fertile fields while gently ascending its village path to an overlook of Arusha town below with clear views of Mt Kilimanjaro 45 miles to the east.
Visit to Nainokanoka, a Maasai Village
Through Zohar’s relationships with the local Maasai, you can visit Nainokanoka, a Maasai village located near the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Ngorongoro Highlands. Here, you will be invited to visit a family kraal (enclosed domestic area) to meet a Maasai family. The family elder has 50 children and 7 wives, and each wife builds her own manyata (igloo-like dwellings) in which she lives with her children. You will have time to ask questions about their way of life and beliefs.
Visit with the Hadzabe Bushmen
Living in the Rift Valley, the Hadzabe Bushmens’ origins date back to the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. They are the last hunter gatherer Bushmen tribes on earth, and will welcome you to their village and invite you to participate in whatever activity they are doing. This might be hunting for game in the bush with bows and arrows, collecting honey, foraging for baobab fruits or just hanging around their ever-present campfires.
Visit with the Datoga Tribe
Not far from the home of the Hadzabe, In the Lake Eyasi area, you can meet the Datoga tribe. The Datoga are ancient agricultural tribe who barter meat and honey with the Hadzabe in exchange for metal arrowheads and produce. They also have highly skilled blacksmiths.
Visit to Olduvai Gorge
Africa is the cradle of humanity. And you may opt for a visit Olduvai Gorge, the famed archeological site in the Serengeti Plain where Mary and Louis Leakey discovered the earliest evidence of tool-making by humans and the oldest complete human skeleton in the 1950’s. This was a major archaeological breakthrough that expanded our understanding of human origins to over 1.8 million years ago.
Visit to Ngorongoro Crater
Your Culture Safari can also include a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater. Formed 3 million years ago, the Crater is the world’s largest volcano caldera — a volcano in which water has leached through the soil and rocks below the volcanic cone causing it to drop to the bottom of the former mountain. Considered one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”, the Crater is one of Africa’s most remarkable geological sites. The Ngorongoro Crater’s ecosystem maintains the historic balance between man and nature in a way that is not possible in other national parks.
Exhilarating Physical Activities
Your itinerary can include physical activities such as a “walking safari”, hiking, and climbing into ancient volcanic craters for breathtaking views of East Africa’s pristine natural beauty. Other activities you can participate in include biking excursions in the African bush and through culture rich villages in the Rift Valley, nature walks and canoeing in soda lakes.
To view a Sample Itinerary, click here