How SDF is changing cultural tourism in Tanzania

Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. Cultural tourism has become attractive for many visitors to the country, who basically want to learn some of the customs and traditions of various ethnic groups, the features of traditional cuisine and its preparation.

Many tourists who come to the country have different aspirations to explore the sites, some of them prefer cultural tourism to explore the traditions and customs of various tribes, including the Masai tribe.

The tourism industry is one of six priority sectors that receive grants from the Skills Development Fund (SDF) to provide tourism and hospitality training services in the country. The Foundation is part of the Education and Skills for Productive Work (ESPJ) program and the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS).

The SDF is administered by the Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) and receives funding from the World Bank and the Tanzanian government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

In tourism training provided through an SDF grant, cultural tourism has proven to be a powerful force, with many visitors attracted to the traditions and customs of various ethnic groups.

This was confirmed by the beneficiary of the training provided by the SDF, Mr. Lamnyaki Leiser from Mto wa Mbu in the Arusha region during an interview at the Vocational Education and Training Exhibition in Dodoma last week.


Mr. Lamniaki noted that cultural tourism attracts many tourists to the country, especially the local cuisine of various ethnic groups, where visitors like to learn how to cook and eat such foods.

“Many people love to watch the Maasai kill and burn meat for food,” Mr. Lamniaki said.

He added that “Some are attracted to Maasai clothing as well as other tribal cultures, such as how Chaga can produce alcohol from crops without sending it to factories for processing.”

He said he received training on how to serve visitors at the Mto wa Mbu College of Community Development in the Arusha region thanks to an SDF grant, where he studied cultural tourism and how to take tourists to attractions such as wildlife parks or mountains.

He noted that, for its part, cultural tourism has become a major attraction, especially through Maasai traditions and customs, as many visitors enjoy visiting the group’s communities to learn about how they live, their food, clothing, and cultural products.

“After completing the fourth grade in 2012, I returned home and continued to look after livestock, I wanted to continue my studies but the family economy did not allow it, later I entered the College of Community Development at Mto wa Mbu, a training that allowed me to become a guide and travel service provider,” he said.

He then emits Citizen that he later saw an opportunity in cultural tourism and natural products, and then decided to go into self-employment to start making various items using beads and fruit seeds from…

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