Babati & Hanang Cultural Tourism
Babati district is located along the Arusha - Dodoma road in the Rift Valley, South of Lake Manyara Park and West of Tarangire. In both Babati and the nearby Hanang distric. The people follow their tribal culture and traditions closely and visitors can mix freely with them to observe their lifestyle. The area has a rich birdlife with over 400 species.
The highlights of a tour to the area are:
- An exclusive Mount Hanang Climb
- A fishing adventure with local canoes on Lake Babati while viewing hippos
- A chance to participate in local beer brewing
- A visit to development projects like cattle and goat dairy farming, piped water project, bio-gas energy project
- Cycling expedition through remote areas
There are various tour options:
Half day tour
You visit Managhat village, original home of the Gorowa tribe, to see dairy farming activities, farming with ox ploughs, a bio-gas system local Gorowa huts and optionally a Killer Bee-keeping project at the bottom of Mount Kwaraa.
One day tour
You walk to Managhat village and climb Bambaay Hill from where you see the beautiful Rift Valley landscape with Lake Babati and Lake Manyara and the Maasai Steppe to the east. Later, visit a respected Gorowa tribesman, Mzee Kwaraa, for an insight on Gorowa culture, marriage ceremonies, rain prayers, burial, religious and circumcision rituals. Optionally, you can row, fish and view hippos on Lake Babati using local canoes.
Three days special Barbaig tour
This tour enables you to mix with the Barbaig tribes and gain cultural insight on their marriage procedures, burial rites, local taboos, way of making ornaments and goatskin dresses and their daily activities. Try to head cattle or fetch water with Barbaig way and take pictures with them. Mount Hanang trekking tour and
God’s Bridge walk are other interesting options.
All tours can be organized on request. For birdwatchers, exclusive safaris are designed. A combination of national park and cultural safari is possible.
Getting there: A regular bus service operates between Arusha and Babati starting at 7:30 am. It takes about 2 hours to reach Babati centre. (income from tourist visits will be used to rehabilitate the primary school).
For further information contact:
Tel: + 255 784 397477 / 655 397477 / 767 393479
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