Tanzania is not only rich with vast wilderness brimming with wildlife. It is a country of over 120 different tribes and if interested in cultural tourism, you can be sure there is plenty of local history, traditions and colour to be found in all areas of Tanzania. The most notable of the tribes are the Masai who are famous world over due to their distinctive customs, dress and living in relative harmony with the wild.
On the lash tropical slopes of Mt Meru and Kilimanjaro, the Waarusha, Wameru or Wachagga guides will proudly describe their carefully cultivated "shambas" with coffee, bananas, fruits, vegetables and dairy cow farming. In the pastoral areas of the North and Lake Zone, an encounter with the Sukuma people, Iraqw and the Masai people will bring you close to an almost unforgotten traditions and a way of life that is closely linked to nature and wildlife.
Down to the South, there is a different spectacle you would never wish to miss. Follow the famous drumbeats and let the Ndali and Matengo dancers of Southern Tanzania interpret the music and performances they inherited from their ancestors. Taste the local cuisine, with all the culinary variations of Ugali, Machalari, Makande, Matoke, tasty Pilau, and sample some of the finest local wines and beers. All you will need is time and if you have, spend part of your time to meet friendly faces in this part of Africa and learn about their ways of life.