A visit to East Africa provides an opportunity to check out the range of cultures and traditions of this region’s peoples. There is an impressive fossil record, telling the stories of all the peoples who have lived here. Tanzania offers a real insight into the various cultures, backgrounds, and religions. The country contains some 130 different tribes, most with their own traditions, culture, and language or dialect.
There is a big Arab influence on Zanzibar, which is shown by the diversity of the population, a mix of Shirazi (from Persia), Arabs, Comorians (from the Comoros Islands), and Bantu from the mainland. Stone Town is the ancient and cultural heart of Zanzibar. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is immersed in history! You can explore the winding labyrinth of narrow alleys leading to colourful bazaars, passing by many mosques and grand Arab houses with their intricately carved and brass-studded wooden doors. An amazing assortment of spices is available on the island, and the tasty cuisine reflects all the cultural influences.
Faru Faru Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp, Sasakwa Lodge, Oliver’s Camp, and Ubuntu Camp are just several properties in Tanzania that are committed to supporting local community developments. They address such issues as education, natural resource management, enterprise development, and water management – and they encourage guests to visit the communities to experience the success of these projects first hand.