Babati and Hanang Cultural Tourism

Babati and Hanang cultural tourism is located in Babati district along the Arusha-Dodoma road. Its geographical location in the Rift Valley, south of Lake Manyara National Park and west of Tarangire National Park, makes it an ideal place to stop for a cultural hike. Visitors are offered an exclusive chance to interact with the local community and learn more about African rural life. The area is inhabited by people who strictly follow their tribal culture and traditions.

Tour highlights

* Mount Hanang trekking

* Managhat village tour

* Fishing adventure on Lake Babati on a local canoe

* Local beer brewing experience

* Cycling expedition through remote areas

* Visits to development projects like cattle and dairy farming, piped water and bio-gas energy projects

*Special Barbaig tour

* Six days rural life adventure

* Community project volunteering

Itineraries can be arranged from half day to seven days tours depending on visitors’ interest and budget.

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Half-day tour

Managhat village

Take a visit to Managhat village which is an original home of the Gorowa tribe. You will 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.

Full-day tour

Managhat village tour

A full-day tour will take you for a walk to Managhat village and climb Bambaay Hill. From here you will see the beautiful Rift Valley landscape with Lake Babati, Lake Manyara and the Maasai Steppe to the east. Later, visit a respected Gorowa tribesman story teller, Mzee Kwaraa, for an insight on Gorowa culture, marriage ceremonies, rain prayers, burial, religious and circumcision rituals. One can also combine this tour with fishing and viewing hippos on Lake Babati using local canoes.

Two-day tours

Babati and Hanang can arrange for two days excursions depending on your interests.

Package A

Maisaka & Managhat Cultural Village Tour

Day One: Spend your day in Maisaka cultural village; visit a family of a Gorowa elder for storytelling and experience the daily home chores of the host family. After local lunch walk to Lake Babati for canoeing to view hippos and fish with locals. Walk back for dinner and overnight.

Day Two: After breakfast with your packed lunch boxes walk/ride 10km to Managhat village; visit dairy farming, local brick making and bio-gas projects. In the afternoon climb Baambay Hill where you will enjoy your lunch with a fantastic view of the Rift Valley Escarpment and cultivated valleys. Take an afternoon walk/cycle back to Babati for dinner and overnight.

Package B:

Mount Hanang Trekking

Day One: Depart from Arusha to Babati, where you will arrive in the afternoon. Have lunch and then proceed to Hanang and register in relevant authorities. Do some sight-seeing around the village near Mount Hanang, then proceed for dinner and overnight.

Day Two: Take early breakfast and start the ascent of Mount Hanang at 6:30 a.m. Mount Hanang stands 3,417m above sea level and it takes you 5-6 hours to the top and 3-4 hours to the bottom. Mount Hanang boasts a panoramic view of an exceptionally beautiful Rift Valley landscape full of small craters and basins, with Lake Balangida and the Rift Valley escarpment at the northwest. Descend for dinner and overnight at Katesh or Babati. Other options are Gorowa-Malangi Barbaig Village Cultural Tour, God’s bridge walking tours, bird watching, and exclusive safaris. A combination of national park and cultural safari in our area is always organized. There are multiple day tours based on visitors, interests.

Where to stay:

There are various guest houses in the town of Babati and Hanang/Katesh area. Babati and Hanang Cultural Tourism Office can help arrange for accommodation in a local hotels/guest houses or a camping adventure within Babati and in various local villages

Getting there:

A regular bus service operates between Arusha and Babati starting at 7:30 a.m. It takes about two hours to reach Babati centre. Income from tourist visits is used to rehabilitate primary schools and furnish other needed development projects for the local community.

For further information and booking, please contact:

The Coordinator,
Tel: + 255 784 397 477 / 767 393 477
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Contact Us

Tanzania Cultural Tourism Programme
Museum Buildings, Boma Road
P . O . Box 2348
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: + 255 27 205 0025
Cell: + 255 786 703 010 / 713 230 134
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