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Go off the beaten path and discover daily life far from the crowds
We have seven different villages in Tanzania, which all give you a different sight of this coastal and savannah country. If you are planning a beach holiday in Zanzibar, we recommend you to add a few days in your itinerary to discover the villages of Jambiani or Kizimkazi. In these villages you can try life as a fisherman or discover life behind the scenes of tourism.
On the other hand, in addition to your safari in Serengeti or trek in Kilimanjaro, the villages of Lembeni and Likamba are located near Arusha and Moshi. They give you a good opportunity to explore local farmer life or give you an insight to modern Maasai lifestyle.
In the South, in Mtwara region the villages of Ziwani and Chuno give you a completely different sight of the country. By staying in these villages you will discover the tropical beach life with its sweet fruits, or live in a jungle full of coconut trees and banana leaves.
The most urban village in Tanzania is the community of Kigamboni, very close to Dar Es Salaam. Here you might run into someone who runs a Youtube channel or has founded a tech startup, yet most people still rely on traditional businesses.
How to get there?
our villages are off the beaten path but not impossible to reach
You can reach Zanzibar by plane from the Kilimanjaro International Airport, or by ferry from Dar Es Salam. It takes about two hours to reach Jambiani and Kizimkazi by daladala (local minibus) from Stone Town.
Take a ferry to Kigamboni from Kivukoni Front in Dar es Salaam.
To get to the southern villages Chuno and Ziwani, the easiest way is to take the plane from Dar es Salam to Mtwara. The flight takes only an hour. Buses are also possible but get prepared for 8-12 hours on the road.
To reach Lembeni or Likamba the best way is to fly to Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport via Nairobi or from Dar Es Salaam. Buses are also available to Arusha, located near Likamba and Moshi, which is one hour away from Lembeni.
Good to know about Tanzania
In Zanzibar, especially Kizimkazi, as most of the locals are fishermen, you will get to taste different varieties of fresh fish and seafood.
The villagers in the South, near Mtwara, grow exotic fruits and cashew nuts in their backyards.
A meal that could be considered the national dish is ugali, a stiff dough made of cassava flour, cornmeal, millet or sorghum and is usually served with a sauce with either meat or cooked vegetables. Also Pilau, a rice-dish with poultry meat, is a common dish cooked by locals, but only on weekends or for ceremonies! In our villages Likamba and Lembeni, you will learn how to cook these delicacies.
Be open and interested to try local dishes, you might get completely new culinary experiences!
The main rainy season, long rains, last from March to May. During that period, the air is humid and daily temperatures are around +30 to +35 C. For tourism it’s the low season.
The dry period, which is also the high season in tourism, lasts from June to October. The weather is mostly sunny and clear and temperatures vary depending on heights between +20 C and +30 C, nights can be chilly.
November – December are marked by short rains and nice temperatures. January and February are known as the short dry period.
Use your right hand for eating. You can ask for a spoon but it tastes better like this, trust us!
As a general rule use your right hand also for light handshake greetings and giving or receiving items.
Remember to bargain at the market! You will find the beat market experience near our village Lembeni.
In Zanzibar the villages are Muslim. Behave respectfully towards religious customs and pay attention to your clothing: tank top and mini shorts are not be the best idea (except on the beach).
How is it like?
This is what our travellers say
"We stayed with Haruni and his family for a few days just before Christmas. We had the pleasure to meet many of his children/grandchildren who were home for the holidays. Haruni showed us around Lembeni and also a local Maasai village where we got to meet family, friends and former students. We also got to visit the local attraction, the lake, Haruni's tree planting projects and a hot spring. We happened to run into one of Haruni's good friends, who was soooo excited to meet us! He gave us a live chicken, which we ate for supper that night! It was a display of pure kindness and joy, which made us feel very, very welcome. We were able to take in some nightlife at the local bar, which ended up with us being fed some more delicious meat. The communication with Haruni before and during our stay was excellent. This was truly a fantastic and positive experience and we strongly encourage everyone to stop in at Lembeni if you have the opportunity! "
Curtis & Kerrie, Canada, stayed in Lembeni village near Moshi
“This experience was a true eye opener! Life in this village community was so authentic and on our very first day we got straight into living with the local mamas. Spending our days with local people and children was so fascinating and we were so pleased that tourism was not to be seen anywhere except on the beach. Nearly no one spoke English but still the entire village community really did their best to communicate with us and our poor swahili. We went dolphin swimming with the boys of the family, fishing with the father, washed our laundry with local mamas, played Finnish board games with our host family and prepared and ate dinner together with the family. We edited as many travel vlogs of our stay in this village as we could, because we really enjoyed every minute of our stay in Kizimkazi! We definitely recommend this village community to anyone who wants to experience how real locals live in Zanzibar.”
Titta & Thomas, Finland, stayed in Kizimkazi village in Zanzibar
"I am a teacher at Aalto University and stayed four nights in Kigamboni with two other students at one host family's home. When 4 other students were distributed to two other families. The stay with our host, Mama Hariet gave us yet another perspective on how people live in Tanzania and Dar es Salaam more specifically. Food was super good, we discovered some dishes we had never eaten before, we were taught how to wash our clothes by hand, got invited to Mama Hariet's sister and brother for dinner and drinks. All in all we felt like we made some great new friends, the feeling of belonging growing alongside! I now miss Kigamboni and its generous people! This last journey was probably my best so far (7 times in DSM since 2013). Thank you Duara for enabling rich encounters, Rashid for your help and Mama Hariet for your home!"
Zita, France & group of international students, stayed in Kigamboni, Dar Es Salaam
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