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CULTURAL AND ECOTOURISM

Of course you want to see the famous highlights of your destination. But do you really want to get to know Tanzania? Choose one of the special excursions where you get to know the local population up close. Sleep in a family home, take a cooking workshop and taste traditional Chagga food, help roast coffee beans, taste banana beer or go cycling in the countryside: whichever you choose, it will certainly be one of the highlights of your trip.

Tourism is an important source of income for the local population. As founders of Bright Tanzania as a tour operator, we, Gilbert and Rispa, have a mission!

We want to contribute as much as possible to have a positive impact on the quality of life of the local team, their families and partly because of this also on the other residents of the village. The income is often invested in houses, vegetable gardens, education and health care. With your contribution you also help ecological sustainability projects, support women’s groups and other forms of sustainable development.

Responsible traveling

Responsible travel means that we are aware of the (social) impact of tourism on local people, animals and the environment. It means that when designing our trips we create an infrastructure that avoids exploitation of people, animals and natural resources at all costs.

We make responsible travel possible together!

Get to know the local life!

Visit a school and meet the children

Visit a banana & coffee plantation

Visit a lokal market

Meet the Maasai and learn more about their culture

Join us for lunch and enjoy a local meal

EXCURSIONS

Take a beautiful walk through the rainforest at the foot of Kilimanjaro to the Kuringe waterfalls, which are 70 meters high. Meet the Chagga mountain people, see how coffee beans grow, how they are harvested and then processed into real coffee in the traditional way. Enjoy your own cup of coffee or taste the local banana beer.

The beautiful Kikuletwa Hotsprings are located in the middle of the Sanya plain, about 35 km from Moshi. It is a small oasis in the heart of a dry and dusty landscape. The locals call this miracle the ‘Chemka Maji Moto’ which means ‘boiling hot water’. This refers to the way the bubbling water comes out of the underground. The water has a wonderful temperature and is crystal clear, so you can see all the way to the bottom. The Kikuletwa Hotsprings are surrounded by tropical palm trees and impressive roots of large fig trees. It is a true paradise and a great place to swim, relax, have a picnic and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. There is also a rope swing to swing on and then jump into the water.

This special hike is only possible in Lake Manyara national park. During the Treetop Walkway you walk at a height of about 15 meters over stable narrow bridges along the treetops right through the beautiful untouched nature of the national park. The walk offers you beautiful views. A unique opportunity to see nature from a completely different perspective. Enjoy the beautiful view together with monkeys, butterflies and various exotic birds!

Experience the simplest way of life in Africa. The Maasai people live in small mud huts in the middle of nature, where lions, elephants and many other animals also live. The Maasai know how to protect their own territory – and that of their goats and cows – in harmony with nature. During this excursion you will learn how they manage life in nature and their daily way of life and get acquainted with the Maasai traditions.

Together with a guide you cycle from the cozy village of Mto Wa Mbu towards Lake Manyara. Along the way you pass banana plantations and you may just encounter zebras or monkeys! Arriving at the lake you have a beautiful view and you see hundreds of birds. After returning you will have an authentic lunch.

If you really want to finish your trip, treat yourself and your travel companions to a balloon flight over the vast savannah. We are happy to tell you more about the special experience that concludes with a luxurious champagne breakfast.

Together with a ranger you take a beautiful 2-hour walk through Arusha National Park. You walk between giraffes, zebras and encounter monkeys and various other animals.

A very special experience, after this walk you will continue exploring the park by jeep.

All day excursions include transport, English speaking guide and driver, complete lunch, entrance fees and unlimited drinking water.

The Chagga

The Chagga people are the third largest ethnic group in Tanzania and traditionally live in the fertile foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. They are one of a number of tribes that originated in the Central and West African Bantu culture.

The Chagga have a long history of contact with European missionaries and other colonizers which has resulted in them having greater access to schooling and thus higher levels of formal education compared to other groups in Tanzania. The Chagga are known as savvy business people and are often able to achieve positions of influence in Tanzanian society.

The Maasai

A semi-nomadic Nilotic group believed to have originated in Egypt, the Maasai are predominantly pastoralists, but practice small-scale agriculture in places. They are one of the youngest ethnic groups in Tanzania, having followed the River Nile through Kenya before reaching Tanzania 300 years ago. adumu jump massaai

The identity and lifestyle of the Maasai is deeply rooted in owning, raising and using livestock. The status of an individual Maasai and their family is closely related to the number of cattle he owns – in fact, a Maasai without cattle is no longer considered a Maasai within the community.

The Hadzabe

The Hadzabe live in the area around the Lake Eyasi Basin. They are a unique ethnic group in Tanzania. Apart from the Sandawe and Akie (both groups very close to the Hadzabe who are believed to be a branch of the original Hadzabe tribe) they are the only true hunter-gatherer groups left in Tanzania and one of the few remaining in this region of the world.

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We are affiliated with The Travel Club and a member of the ANVR (Dutch Association of Travel Organizations) member number 05733. This means that we work according to the regulated ANVR travel and booking conditions. We are also a member of VZR Garant and Stichting Calamiteitenfonds Reizen, the guarantee scheme of the Calamiteitenfonds and VZR Garant applies to all our bookings.

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