Bagamoyo is steeped in history, the name meaning 'Loss of the Heart' as a result of it being a terminus for the slave caravans from inland. At the peak of the slave trade in the mid 19th century it is estimated that 50,000 captives arrived in Bagamoyo each year. Now a popular beach destination, the town lies only 70km from Dar on good tarmac road. There are several mid-range beach hotels available. The Kaole Ruins, dating from the 12th century Shirazi era, also make an interesting excursion.
Tanzania has many cultural experiences for you to choose from, but by far the most exciting way to hear about Village Culture is to visit one of the many villages close to your safari destination.
Village tours often take place during the day when many of the local villagers are busy with their daily chores, whether it be running their small shops selling odds and ends, or working on a nearby farm to produce some of the many fresh fruits and vegetables for which Tanzania is popular.
These tours are very educational, and perfect for those wishing to know more about Village Culture
We can take you to visit remote communities, unaffected by bus loads of tourists. Learn about the lives of the Tanzanian people, sample their food and listen to their traditional stories. This way you will see the 'Real Africa' and have an authentic experience to add to your Tanzania safari.
Tanzania is home to 120 different tribes, each with their own language! The Sukuma, Haya, Chagga, Nyamwezi, Hehe, Gogo and Makonde are the most significant in terms of population, although the Masai are the most famous, springing immediately to the mind of most visitors to Tanzania.
Wild Things Safaris concentrates most cultural safaris in the Kilombero Valley, where you will meet and live alongside many different people, including Masai, WaSukuma, WaPorgoro, and WaDamba. The Wa- prefix literally means 'the people of...' so WaDamba means 'The People of the Valley'.
- 1 day and 1 night Sanje Waterfalls Campsite, Udzungwa Mountains National Park
- 1 day and 2 nights camping at a remote Fishing Village
- 1 day and 1 night at The Mission in Itete
- 1 day and 1 night camping at a Masai Boma on the Kilombero Floodplain
- 2 days and 2 nights at Kikoboga Wildlife Camp, Mikumi National Park
Day 1 - Transfer from Dar to the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, with lunch in Mikumi Town en-route. Hike to Sanje Waterfalls where you can swim in plunge-pools and camp at the top of a 180m waterfall. The hike is short (2hrs) but quite steep in places. Explore the forests and waterfalls of the Udzungwa Mountains, and visit a site where endemic African Violets grow. Night walking safari to look for endemic chameleons, with overnight camping next to the falls.
Day 2 - Wake up to watch the sunrise over the Kilombero Valley, an amazing sight from the natural viewing platform above the waterfalls. After breakfast hike back down to the vehicle and then transfer into the Valley. After lunch in a Swahili restaurant in Ifakara Town you will then continue on to a remote fishing village where you will spend 2 nights camping. Elephants often walk right through the village, especially at night.
Day 3 - In the mornings the fishermen bring in their catch, and the banks of the river in front of the village come alive with activity as the fish are sorted. You will have the chance to observe and even choose your own fish for lunch! There will be a village tour, and in the afternoon a dug-out canoe safari on the great Kilombero River. And of course, no trip to Kilombero is complete without a visit to a local village bar!
Day 4 - The transfer to Itete Mission is a scenic one through rolling countryside doted with small villages and 'Shamba' (farms). After settling in and lunch you will go on a walking tour of the village, accompanied by the local priest and maybe a traditional healer.
Day 5 - After breakfast transfer to a Masai Boma, out on the floodplain. A small community lives here and you will have the opportunity to meet them. After a picnic lunch there will be a short game drive further into the floodplain where you will be camping in a remote glade of trees. A camp fire will be maintained all night - to keep the wildlife at bay.
Day 6 - In the morning there will be the opportunity to go on another gamedrive, before the transfer to Mikumi National Park. After four nights of camping the comfortable and atmospheric bungalows of Kikoboga Wildlife Camp will be much appreciated. Animals can often be seen at the camp's waterhole and the bar offers good views of sunset.
Day 7 - Sunrise and sunset game drives. There will be plenty of time in the afternoon to relax, taking in stunning views across the floodplain, and there is also a small pool. In the evening a campfire is lit near the bar.
Day 8 - A short morning gamedrive and a leisurely breakfast before transferring back to Dar. Optional connections to Zanzibar by ferry or light aircraft.
Wild Things Safaris also arranges historical visits to Stone Age sites like Ismila and Olduvai Gorge, and the famous Hadzabe tribe near Lake Eyasi.
Payments to the villagers (usually a Village Fund) helps to pay for essential medical treatments . For more details contact us or have a look at our Masai Cultural Itinerary or if you prefer an off the beaten track Cultural Itinerary.