Tanzania is a country rich in culture and traditions; a blend of
African, Arabian, Indian and European influences. Tanzanians are
very generous and hospitable yet conservative. They are very
welcoming but want people to treat their culture with respect.
With 128 tribes,
Tanzania is among few countries where religious harmony is
prevalent; people of different religions live in harmony. The main religions
are Christianity and Islam, minority religions are
Buddhism, Hinduism and traditional religions. The islands
Zanzibar and Pemba are predominantly Muslims ( 98 percent ).
Ecotourism refers to
ecologically sensitive travel that combines the discovering and
understanding flora and fauna with opportunities to contribute
to their protection. Integral to ecotourism is sensitivity to
traditional cultures of the people around
According to the World
Tourism Organization, sustainable tourism should lead to the
"management of all resources in such a way that economic, social
and aesthetic needs can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural
integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity
and life support systems".
Here in Tanzania
Cultural Tourism started as a program to help rural
communities enjoy the benefit of tourism sector in which they
are a part of.
The main goal is that rural communities should directly benefit
from tourists who visit their areas. Cultural tourism
allows local people to offer tours that
show their culture, their sacred places of worship and economic activities
The income generated is used by local people for specific
development programs , such as, the building of dispensaries,
schools and cattle dip sites.
On the other hand eco-tours
in Tanzania offers opportunities to get back to nature or hike
into the rainforest, or explore the wilderness on foot or by boat,
or travel to an exotic location as Gombe and Mahale National
provides many options, and is often very affordable. By using
socially and environmentally responsible tour operator as Utalii
Travel & Safaris, can ensure that your trip contributes to
conservation efforts and to the well being of communities