Cultural and Responsible Tourism
Tanzania is a beautiful country and offers its tourists countless vacation destinations. Currently, however, the majority of these tourist destinations have become overly westernized and have begun to lose the true cultural value that makes a trip to Tanzania even more worthwhile. With this in mind, we are opening the Southern and Western parts of Tanzania to tourists who are looking to gain an insight into the cultural lifestyle of Tanzania while still enjoying the lesser-known, but equally amazing destinations of Tanzania.
Many of Tanzania’s most beautiful destinations lie in its Southern and Western regions, but due to the fact that the main international arrival centres are in the North and Eastern parts of Tanzania, these places are often overlooked. Our Cultural and Responsible Tourism program allows guests to see some of Tanzania’s more hidden wonders, including Mbamba Bay on Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi), Mikumi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park, and Selous Game Reserve.
In addition to sightseeing, our guests have the opportunity to experience the life and culture of our local village. They explore the village and learn what the local villagers eat, what they do for work, and how they live their everyday lives. We believe that it is important for Westerners to have a perspective of what the rural Tanzanian lifestyle is truly like. With our intimate knowledge of the country, people, and culture, and our wide network of guest houses, monasteries, and convents throughout the area, we will be able to comfortably accommodate and culturally satisfy these more adventurous travelers.
Tours with GAIA COOP (Italy)
Operated by: Giovanni Regiroli
Tours with ONE WORLD Reisen mit Sinnen (Germany and Austria)
Operated by: Petra Gehrer
Day 1 – Arrival in Dar es Salaam, Transfer to St. Placidus Guesthouse, Welcome drink after dinner.
Day 2 – Trip by train from Dar es Salaam to Makambako
Day 3 – Transfer by car from Makambako to Hanga Abbey, in the afternoon we will walk to get to know the environment
Day 4 – Tour through workshop and Hanga VTC with Br. Fulgence; in the afternoon participate in the kitchen or workshops
Day 5 – Visit the Abbey of Peramiho, meet the abbot or another german speaking monk for a village tour
Day 6 – Trip to Nakagugu, walk with explanation of plants and lunch
Day 7 – Village tour: houses, cooking, drums, pombe…lunch in the village
Day 8 – Trip by car from Hanga to Iringa
Day 9 – Visit in Isimilia, then by car to Udzungwa, short walk in the park during the afternoon, night in the Lodge in Udzungwa
Day 10 – Hike in Udzungwa National Park with picnic and bath at the waterfalls, transfer to Mikumi National Park for sunset game drive and sleeping at the Genesis Motel.
Day 11 – Morning game drive in Mikumi, transfer to Dar es Salaam for the night
Day 12 – Boat to Zanzibar, 3 nights in a hostel in Stonetown
Day 13 – City tour of Stonetown
Day 14 – Spice tour and swimming at the beach
Day 15 – Transfer to Jambiani or Paje on the East Coast
Day 16 – Bike tour and swimming
Day 17 – Bike tour and swimming
Day 18 – Transfer from East coast to Stonetown, take boat back to Dar es Salaam
Day 19 – Sightseeing and swimming in Bagamoyo, buffet dinner
Day 20 – Morning shopping in Mwenge, after lunch transfer to airport
If you have any questions about either of the tourism programs, please contact the tour operators listed above. If you have further questions about cultural and responsible tourism in Hanga, or if you are interested in leading a tourism program to Tanzania, please contact Br. Theodory Mwenda firstname.lastname@example.org or our Guestmaster, Br. Kizito email@example.com