CULTURAL STUDIES PROGRAM 2018/2019
Cultural studies provide direct benefits (income) to enterprise coordinators, tour guides, food service providers, handcraft makers (majority are women groups), story tellers, traditional dancers, farmers, traditional healers, blacksmith and home-stay service providers — just to mention a few. Many poor and disadvantaged groups in rural areas are indirectly benefiting through cultural tourism and study which we have introduce in both Kenya and Tanzania given that we right at the boarder of this two countries. Indirect benefits include supported development projects by development fees collected. Projects supported are schools, hospitals, Rescue homes and much more.
CUTRURAL STUDIES- KENYA SECTOR
Mwanga Cultural and study tour,- Rombo Village is a place to make your lifetime memory for those on a cultural studies in the rural part of Kenya. The village lies 220 km from the- Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and 130Kms from Kilimanjaro International airport.
On the way you will experience some of the day-to-day life of the Maasai peoples – visit their villages, homes and farms and be guided by them through their lands and life.
DAY 1- NAIROBI- LOITOKITOK
Drive west from Nairobi, stopping for a breath-taking view over the Great Rift Valley, and into Maasailand. Lunch en-route and on to a small Maasai homestead for insights into their fascinating way of life. Dinner and overnight at The Amboseli Junction Hotel- Loitokitok
DAY 2- LOITOKITOK- ROMBO VILLAGE
Drive to Rombo village where Mwanga Community Organization office and the rescue center is located, here you will have time to engage in cultural activities with the Maasai, You will spend part of your time visiting local homes and learn Maasai way of life, livestock keeping, food & drinks used by Maasai, herding, house construction and participate in their traditional dances after the study lunch will be served at Mwanga Community Organization rescue home, after lunch we will drive back to the lodge where you will have optional Swahili lessons. Dinner and overnight at The Amboseli Junction Hotel- Loitokitok
DAY 3- TARAKEA- LOITOKITOK BOARDER VILLAGE VISIT
This day we will take you through to the boarder(Loitokitok Kenya and Tarakea Tanzania Boarder) and at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro where there is a mixture of tribes including the Maasai. Kikuyus and the Chaggas. Chaggas and the Kikuyus are the bantus living within this line of boarder and they trade together in terms of business. Learn on how they interact on their daily basis and how the intermarriage between this 3 tribes has benefit both the people living around the Kenyan and Tanzanian boarder. Later drive to your lodge for Dinner and overnight.
NET COST: USD 550 BASED ON 5-8 STUDENTS/ CLIENTS SHARING
2. HADZABE BUSHMEN- LAKE EYASI- TANZANIA SECTOR
Hadzabe Bushmen – Lake Eyasi
Small groups of Hadzabe bushmen live around Lake Eyasi. Their language resembles the click languages of other bushmen further south in the Kalahari. Their small population was seriously threatened, in particular during the period when Julius Nyerere tried to introduce his Ujuma policy. The tribe resisted the forcible settlement policies of Julius Nyerere and nowadays most of their children have never seen a doctor or school
– the bush provides for all their needs and is a class room for their offspring.
They are often willing for visitors to come and see their simple bush homes where the tree canopy alone or a cave provides them with shelter. They live entirely off the bush and from hunting, generally small antelopes and baboons, although in rainy seasons gazelles and antelopes come down from the Ngorongoro or Serengeti to their then lush bush lands offering them richer pickings. In the recent past their hunting activities were resented by trophy hunters who tried to stop their “illegal” hunting.
The string on their lethal bows is made from giraffe tendons and the arrows are coated with a strong poison made from another tree. The commiphora tree povides excellent firewood which they kindle by rubbing wood, a green commiphora provides a mosquito-repelling sap, juice squeezed out of the sansaveria provides a cure for snake bites while aloe is used to heal cuts. Roots provide a wide range of medicines and the mighty baobab fruits as a source of drink. A few hours spent with the bushmen makes the apparently unhospitable bush country come to life and to watch them hunt a unique experience as they stealthily spot then creep up on their prey skillfully killing it.
DAY 1: ARUSHA- MTO WA MBU
08:00Am, with packed lunch drive to Mto wa Mbu, take a guided walk through the Mto Wa Mbu Settlement where you will visit the rice farms, fruits farms, a kindergarten and the local market. If still energetic, continue to Miwaleni lake full of papyrus reeds where bird life is both varied and in abundance.
In the afternoon, drive to Lake Eyasi.
Dinner and overnight at a Kisima Ngeda Camp or similar.
DAY 2- LAKE EYASI- ARUSHA
Visit the local tribes including the Hadzapi who mainly live on hunting and gathering.
You will also have the opportunity to visit the Datoga – a tall proud people who are extremely conservative on cultural issues.
Visit the seasonal Lake Eyasi where there are some hot springs and some strange vegetation.
Drive back to Arusha for Dinner and overnight at Green Mountain lodge- Before dinner if the students are not tired optional Swahili classes will be available.
DAY 3- ARUSHA: FULL DAY SWAHILI LESSON.
Breakfast. Morning and afternoon Swahili language lesson, hot lunch will be served.
Remaining hours of the day at leisure with other optional activities.
Dinner and overnight at Green Mountain hotel.
NET COST PER PERSON: USD 550 BASED ON 5-8 STUDENTS/ CLIENTS SHARING
3.RUNDUNGAI CULTURAL TOURISM AND STUDIES
Rundugai Cultural Tourism, is a place to make your lifetime memory for those on a cultural studies in Moshi Town or Arusha. The village lies 26 km from the- Kilimanjaro-International-Airport if one will drive through to Boma Ng’ombe town then turn South 11kilometers to Rundugai Cultural Tourism office-just after crossing railway, the village endowed astonishing natural-springs-in-Moshi Kikuletwa-Hot-Springs which every one astonished and like to swim in this natural springs in Tanzania, also the village gifted with amazing Baobab trees with unique features, green cultivated land supported by irrigation system from different springs, different bird species and primates, the presence of different ethnic groups gives you a chance to experience cultural wealthiness of our village including Maasai- way-of-life, traditional-herbalist and Mid-wife and local foods , Banana-beer (Mbege). The village provides unforgettable experience from its cultural and natural beauty of the area. While in different tour activities in this village, visitors get stunning views of both Mount- Kilimanjaro and Mount-Meru.
DAY 1: Cultural study which will involve the visit of kukeletwa hot spring- Meet the local tribes who live at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and learn their way of life
Kikuletwa-Hot-Spring (Chemka-majimoto) Tour (2-2.5hours} A tour of the revered Kikuletwa Hotspring with experienced local guides from Rundugai Cultural Tourism is always enticing. Visitors get a chance to swim in a unique natural pool with strong warm water current surrounded with amazing roots of fig trees. There is a rope swing for jumping into the water. After swimming you will walk to the lunch site. Local lunch is prepared by women group and includes traditional organic food, mostly grown in the village and around swimming to Kikuletwa-swimming-springs can be done after Maasai boma tour or walking tour at Rundugai village.
Maasaiboma tour (3-4 hours) A tour to the Maasai village with our local guides gives visitors an insight into the real local Maasai culture. You will spend part of your time visiting local homes and learn Maasai way of life, livestock keeping, food & drinks used by Maasai, herding, house construction and participate in their traditional dances after this tour we can eat our hot local lunch and before swimming in Kikuletwa-Springs Mostly known as Kikuletwa-Hot-Springs. Dinner and overnight at Kindoroko hotel in Moshi or Similar.
DAY 2: Cultural study – Meet the chagga tribe and the Maasai and learn their way of life
Rundugai-Village-Walking-Tour Spend your glorious time in Rundugai village with local people and learn on the daily socioeconomic activities of different ethnic groups coexisting in one village. The tour starts at Kijiweni sub-village which serves as a Maasai Market on Mondays and takes visitors through local beer and wine route to learn how locals make their wines. The tour will proceed to a home of a highly respected Midwife who will explain how she does her work for the community, continue to the village Herbalist to learn on different traditional medicines provided with the herbalist for various Diseases then local weavers for weaving experiences in different weaving products ie mats, baskets On the other side of Majengo sub-village you will meet Pare’s and Chaga’s farms where you will meet different irrigation fields such as rice field, Onion field and many other vegetable crops such as Okra, Egg plants and tomatoes mostly grown for local consumption by the community.
Later drive to Arusha or to Moshi town for Dinner and overnight.
NET COST: USD 450 PER PERSON- BASED ON 5-8 STUDENTS/ CLIENTS SHARING
The above itineraries are for guidance however if you have anything in mind that will match to your schedule and budget we can alter to match your desire
Full board accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
Service of our English speaking driver guide
Water in the vehicle
Local village fees
Swahili teacher/ lecturer service
International and domestic flights, Visa and all personal expenses such as drinks, laundry . telephone, tips and gratitude.
Travel insurance- we strongly recommend that comprehensive travel insurance be purchased for the duration of your journey to protect against any missed flights or delayed flights, illness etc that may cause cancellation of tour travel/ study plans.