Chatting with some Himba women
Cultural experiences in Africa
The idea of an African ‘cultural experience’ sometimes makes us cringe. It brings to mind superficial tribal dancing and local people forced into demeaning, stereotypical roles. Rest assured: this is absolutely not what we offer.
Looking through our website’s pages you'll find very, very few places where we write of traditional cultural experiences. That's because we simply do not send visitors to interact with local people who live in Africa's more fragile, original cultures unless we can be sure that it'll be beneficial to both our visitors and their hosts.
Fortunately, there are a few places like this where you can meet individuals living traditional lives – and the meeting leaves you with a mutual understanding and respect.
Follow the links below to look at these, country-by-county – ad then call us to talk to us about what you’re looking for, and we can advise you more personally.
Cultural adventures with Wild about AfricaWild about Africa specialises is simple and luxury camping safaris to Namibia and Botswana. If you're interested in Africa's traditional cultures, and prefer to travel in a small group of like-minded adventures, see Wild about Africa's ideas for Cultural travel in small groups.
Cultural experiences in Botswana
Botswana has diverse ethnic groups living side by side in what has historically been a very peaceful country. However, for the visitor this sparse population can imply few opportunities for cultural interaction - so it may seem to be an unpromising place to search for any of Africa's best cultural experiences.Ideas for cultural experiences in Botswana
Cultural experiences in KenyaIdeas for cultural experiences in Kenya
Cultural experiences in Malawi
Malawi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. Almost any travelling in Malawi will offer insights into the culture and traditions of its notably friendly, courteous and hospitable people. The country is a rich mosaic of traditional dances, rituals, and arts and crafts - it makes for some excellent cultural experiences in Africa.Ideas for cultural experiences in Malawi
Cultural experiences in Mozambique
Mozambique has a fascinating and unique culture, derived from its Bantu, Swahili and Portuguese history. There's an island with world heritage status, an interesting historical background, and a lively culture surrounding arts, cuisine and entertainment - Mozambique offers some excellent African cultural experiences.Ideas for cultural experiences in Mozambique
Cultural experiences in Namibia
Namibia is one of our favourite places for African cultural experiences. If you're interested in getting to know people of a radically different cultural background then by far the best experience that we know of is with the Bushmen of the Kalahari at Nhoma Camp. Getting to know these people takes time so spend at least three or four nights in this area. We've had several guests fall in love with the experience, even returning to spend several weeks with the villagers.Ideas for cultural experiences in Namibia
Cultural experiences in Tanzania
Tanzania offers a variety of African Cultural experiences. Enjoy being part of village life at Chole Mjini Lodge, with plenty of space and freedom to explore. Enjoy a bike ride through local villages, or guided village walks at Lake Manyara. Profits from Rhotia Valley Lodge, near the Ngorongoro Crater, directly fund a children's home - you're welcome to meet and spend time with the kids, and enjoy your holiday in the knowledge of the difference you are making in their lives.Ideas for cultural experiences in Tanzania
Cultural experiences in Zambia
Visitors to Zambia should certainly seek out Kawaza Village, beside South Luangwa National Park, for a very genuine glimpse into traditional Kunda life. This is a super experience; it really is a slice of real African village life!Ideas for cultural experiences in Zambia
Cultural experiences in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is full of different cultures, but accessing them on a short visit can be tricky. Chumbe Island has a distinctly local flavour. Some of the day-trips, especially the engaging Jambiani Village Cultural Tour, offer great cultural insights and a surprisingly rare opportunity to interact with the villagers through a respected local resident.Ideas for cultural experiences in Zanzibar