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 Kenya
Kenya offers a rich variety of cultural experiences with plenty of involvement with local villages. Travellers often get the opportunity to learn about Maasai, Samburu, Turkana, Swahili and other communities and take part in activities. It's often possible to visit schools, do a village visit on market day or walk with the herds when going out to pasture in the morning.Ideas for cultural experiences in Kenya
Cultural experiences in Malawi
Almost any travelling in Malawi can offer insights into the country's culture and traditions - as most of Malawi's people are notably friendly, courteous and hospitable. African cultural experiences are everywhere in Malawi; it's so densely populated that travellers can't help but interact with lots of Malawians during a holiday here.Ideas for cultural experiences in Malawi
Cultural experiences in Mozambique
Mozambique can offer really unique African cultural experiences - which have their roots in its Bantu and Swahili history, overlaid with Portuguese colonial rule and more recently its struggles for independence. All this has left a lively arts culture including exotic cuisine, and music and dancing with a vibrant Latin edge.Ideas for cultural experiences in Mozambique
Cultural experiences in Namibia
Namibia is one of our favourite places for cultural experiences in Africa. Despite having one of the world's lowest population densities, we've found some of our best experiences here, and have really enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know people of a radically different cultural background.Ideas for cultural experiences in Namibia
Cultural experiences in Tanzania
Tanzania offers many contrasting African cultural experiences. With a population of around 50 million, the majority of whom are living in rural areas; it's possible to interact with a wide variety of people. Tanzania offers real insights into many different cultures, backgrounds and religions.Ideas for cultural experiences in Tanzania
Cultural experiences in Zambia
Zambia's safari camps are notable for their small scale and often excellent community ties, leading many visitors to treasure the interactions that they find here. For more, visit the communities linked to your camp; head out on a village visit; or enjoy the living history of a fascinating old manor house.Ideas for cultural experiences in Zambia
Cultural experiences in Zanzibar
Simply staying on Zanzibar is a cultural experience in itself. The exotic, vibrant atmosphere of bustling Stone Town is an assault on the senses, but aside from the heady spices, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is steeped in history. What's more, it's easily explored on foot; you just wander around!Ideas for cultural experiences in Zanzibar
Cultural experiences in Zimbabwe
Despite its troubled recent history, Zimbabwe is a vibrant and beautiful country, with some excellent Africa cultural experiences to be had. Not only are there opportunities to engage with traditional cultures through visiting local villages, there is also Zimbabwe's fascinating history to discover.Ideas for cultural experiences in Zimbabwe