Tanzania is home to several tourist attractions, including Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and the gorgeous beaches of Zanzibar, to name a few. On a vacation through Tanzania, however, many visitors ignore the food. Simple, full, and flavorful, it more than makes up for its lack of flare with excellent, substantial pleasure. During your visit to the country, keep an eye out for the following five foods.

Food History

Tanzania has historically been a commercial crossroads between the old Arab world and India, and this relationship has influenced Tanzanian cuisine. Today, some of Tanzania’s traditional foods are influenced by Indian curries or spices, as well as Persian rice dishes. Cooking using bananas or coconuts, which are prevalent throughout the country, are examples of traditional dishes that reflect the environment. Tanzania is home to over 100 unique tribes, each with its own language, customs, and cuisine. Fresh fish is common in the traditional cuisines of tribes living along Lake Victoria or Lake Tanganyika, whereas beef or corn is common in tribes living in the highlands or agricultural regions.

Hand Washing

Tanzanians wash their hands frequently, especially before and after eating nyama choma or ugali. Most restaurants/hotels have a handwashing sink available for you, but if you don’t see one ask your waitress/waiter may come to your table with a basin of warm water and soap.

Even if you ate your meal with utensils, you may be advised to wash your hands afterward.

Dishes that are worth trying.

If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few Tanzanian foods we recommend trying on your trip:


Ugali is a mainstay of Tanzanian cuisine, and many Tanzanians swear by its nutritional benefits. A pile of the firm, polenta-like ugali will almost certainly be served alongside a meat or vegetable sauce in every Tanzanian home. Ugali, also known as ‘posho,’ is a heavy carbohydrate similar to West Africa’s ‘fu-fu.’ It is served throughout East Africa and is likely to fill you up quickly

Zanzibar pizza

Famous on the island from which it draws its name, this “pizza” is presumably one of the most intriguing and scrumptious things you will eat in Tanzania. It begins with a sheet of mixture which is then loaded up with onions, peppers, meat, a crude egg and perhaps a cut of cheddar, all wrapped up into sandwich estimated pocket and afterward put on the dish to broil in a puddle of oil. What comes out is a fresh, chewy, larger than usual dumpling-like square of delightfulness. Getting treat variants, for example, chocolate and banana is additionally conceivable.

I ate these virtually every day on my first trip to Tanzania, but the damage to my waistline caused me to cut back. Nonetheless, you should give this one a shot at least once (or twice or three or four or five times).

While the food in Tanzania may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the country, I can virtually guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Don’t be scared to try something new here; everything is fresh, safe, and delicious.


These flatbreads have soft and crunchy layers, similar to Indian chapatis. You’ll appreciate fresh Tanzanian chapatis at any time of day, whether as a savory breakfast alternative or as a great accompaniment to one of Tanzania’s stews.


This is a Tanzanian salad that is served with a variety of dishes. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions are commonly used in this salad, which resembles a Greek salad (minus the feta cheese). Kachumbari is produced fresh, and the veggies are sometimes sliced extremely thin to showcase the chef’s knife abilities – cucumbers that are almost transparent!


While bread or toast is a frequent breakfast item in Tanzania, the country’s cuisine also includes some delectable morning delicacies that you should try.

Maandazi are Tanzanian doughnuts that are often triangle or rectangle in shape. They aren’t sugar or chocolate-coated like the doughnuts you would be used to back home, but they are a wonderful breakfast alternative when served with very sweet tea.

Vitumbua are like a broiled rice cake. Broiled over open blazes or charcoal ovens in exceptional container, each ‘kitumbua’ ball has a firm outside and a warm, gooey rice-pudding like center.

Half-cakes are a crunchy broiled cake. Best served new and hot, these thick broiled slices of batter cake make certain to top you off quick, so begin with a couple prior to requesting more.


With over 120 different tribes living in Tanzania, there is plenty of local history and color to be discovered in all parts of the country.

Tanzanians are among the friendliest and most approachable people on the planet, with a diverse and unique culture eager to be shared with visitors.

In addition to broadening itineraries and improving the quality of tours available in Tanzania, cultural tours provide direct income to the communities visited, assisting in their development. By visiting the cultural places, visitors are supporting community health, water supply, elementary education, and a variety of other social and economic projects carried out at the village level, as well as reforestation and environmental conservation.

The following are some of the popular cultural centers that might be included in visiting itineraries:

  1. Mto wa Mbu, a multicultural village-cum-town near Lake Manyara National Park’s
  2. Maasai Boma and communities in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is a multicultural village-cum-town.
  3. Hadzabe and Datoga land on Lake Eyasi
  4. Lake Manyara – Mto wa Mbu, meet a variety of clans living respectively in a little region

Mto wa Mbu is primary social the travel industry destinations formed by TTB and SNV. Arranged on the foot of the Amazing Rift Valley lining Lake Manyara National Park, riding the renowned Arusha/Serengeti course, 120kms and 60kms from Arusha and Ngorongoro separately, Mto wa Mbu is one of the most recognized social visit locales in Tanzania.

Following the setting up of water system frameworks in the mid 1950s, the region quickly formed into a modest community drawing in another flood of clans from everywhere the country, each with its own social foundation. No place else in Tanzania have such countless various clans gotten comfortable such a little region.

Browse a stroll through the ranches and green desert spring on the foot of the Rift Valley; a move to Balala Hill; a view into the way of life of the numerous clans residing nearby; an outing to Miwaleni Lake and cascade where there is a wealth of papyrus; visits to advancement extends that mean to further develop horticulture and begin pay creating exercises for neighborhood ranchers.

The Mto wa Mbu visit is a town walk, intended to furnish visitors with an encounter of the rich social legacy in Tanzania, yet in a brief time frame of around 50% of a day. The differed produces, painstaking work and exercises that should be visible available spot and in the town homesteads and way of life is a representation of this social variety.

Guests might see Chagga individuals from the slants of the Kilimanjaro blend their renowned banana brew, mbege, and realize the reason why out of in excess of 30 assortments of bananas developed here just two species are appropriate for creating the beverage; meet a rancher from Kigoma remove palm oil from palm trees that he brought from the shores of Lake Tanganyika; appreciate the Sandawe with their captivating snap language, like the Khoisan of the Kalahari Desert, making bows and bolts for hunting; cooperate with the Rangi from Kondoa involving the papyrus from the lakes and streams for winding around delightful mats and crates.

Visit the Mbugwe nation from Manyara Region who will show you how they grind various grains to get flour utilizing a conventional grinder; join the neighborhood individuals of Mto wa Mbu and figure out how they develop mud cottages, average lodging for most clans around the area. You will be told the best way to blend mud, rice husks and cow waste to get the right mud stuff for solid dividers, and how nearby individuals rooftop their cottages utilizing dry banana barks and leaves.

Find out about conventional iron purifying innovation, one of the most seasoned in Africa. The nearby individuals will tell you the best way to make various devices like lances, blades, bolts. Gain from the nearby ladies how pots and dishes are produced using dirt soil and prepared to make them hard. On the encompassing fields and forests toward the north, east and south live local Maasai families in their conventional bomas (properties) while the champions meander with their cows searching for fields and water.

Mto wa Mbu town walk is one of the most outstanding selling social visits with Leopard Tours. For immaculate association it is ideal assuming the visit is saved ahead of time along with the primary program.

  1. Visits to Maasai Bomas / communities in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The continent and its people are enchantingly diverse and a unique experience for most tourists to Africa, especially first-timers. We at Leopard Tours recognize this and make every effort to include excursions to local villages so that our tourists may observe firsthand what life is like in a typical African community.

Tanzania is home to approximately 120 tribes, each with their own distinct culture. The Maasai, a proud people who are strongly dedicated to their cultural traditions, are one of the most popular ethnic groups in northern Tanzania.

Ngorongoro is the home of the peaceful Maasai, who have been permitted to reside in the preservation region, a spearheading test in multi-reason land use where individuals, their domesticated animals and natural life coincide and have a similar safeguarded environment. The Maasai move generally with their groups of steers, sheep, goats and jackasses looking for field and water. Lately the Maasai have been urged to chip away at the land to enhance their customary staple food of milk and meat.

While in Ngorongoro the greater part of the visitors on safari love to incorporate a visit to a Maasai Boma (estate). The Seneto Maasai Boma on the western slants of the Ngorongoro Highlands around 200 meters off the primary street to Serengeti is one of the most popular social guest focuses for visitors. Another famous Maasai town is Irkeepus which is situated in the Ngorongoro Highlands and a visit can be joined with a trip of Olmoti or Empakaai Crater.

Guests will be displayed around the Maasai Boma, and are free to investigate the cottages where Maasai families make the most of every opportunity a couple of things about their approach to everyday life. The cottages, regularly worked by ladies, are made of wood, mud and cow compost.

The visit goes on around 30 to 45 minutes and toward the end the townspeople will flaunt and attempt to sell their bright beadwork and other handmade products. In the event that time permits the Maasai fighters would move men to take part in a lance tossing match or play out an ancestral dance, and women might decide to partake in beadwork. This is planned to open guests to the Maasai culture however momentarily and enhance them for certain legitimate African encounters.

  1. Lake Eyasi – the Hadzabe and Datoga

Lake Eyasi is an extremely grand soda lake found on the southern line of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, just a few hours drive from Karatu. This less visited lake lies at the foundation of the Eyasi slope on the western Great Rift Valley divider, lined by the Eyasi Escarpment in the northwest and the Kidero Mountains in the south.

This is a hot, dry land, around which experience the Hadzabe public, is frequently connected with the Khoisan dialects in Southern Africa due to their snap language. The Hadzabe are accepted to have lived here for almost 10,000 years and keep on following hunting-and-assembling customs. Additionally in the space are the Iraqw (Mbulu), a group of Cushitic beginning who showed up around a long time back, as well as the Datoga likewise Cushitic, the Maasai and different Bantu gatherings including the Nyakyusa, Nyamwezi, Chaga and Meru. The region is Tanzania’s principal onion-developing focus, and there are amazing water system frameworks along the Chemchem River drawing its water from normal springs.

The Hadzabe, an agrarian clan, live near the shores of Lake Eyasi, as do the Nilotic-speaking Datoga clan who are pastoralists. Visits to these clans are conceivable on half day or entire day outings which would incorporate a visit to their residences, finding out about their lifestyle, therapeutic plants, and, surprisingly, creature following bows and bolts with the Hadzabe trackers.

The Hadzabe – what you can gain from the Hadzabe

Various types of materials being utilized to make bolts – bolt sticks, the readiness of toxic substance and the place of toxin in the bolt

Handling poison from the toxin tree

Organic product, root tubers and honey assortment

Shallow wells ready by individuals for water assortment starting from the earliest stage home use

Customary moving

Grill planning of new meat for the big moments of hunting, typically around 2 – 3 days of large kills each week yet little kills are standard and normal

Instructions to make fire the customary way, in the antiquated hand-drill strategy utilizing palms of the hands and two bits of sticks/wood

Preparing and practice in bolt shooting and focusing on

Readiness of cottages for the ladies (being made of parts of trees)

Concentrating on the accessibility of creatures for hunting and timing as well, as hunting is regularly done early morning, and around evening time for the mandrills and traps – normal creatures are monkeys, primates, dikdik, kudu, impala, guinea fowls

Life in the caverns in the stormy season, and under trees in the dry season

The monogamy practice for the marriage

Preparing of adolescents in hunting and focusing on

The Datoga – what you can gain from the Datoga

General way of life of the Datoga

How mud and cow manure cabins are being ready by ladies

Planning of the boma ( the dairy cattle fence)

Learning the manner in which people dress

Learning the specialty of ladies like gems making – for example neckbands, arm bands, dots, skin skirts and so forth

Find out about smithies, weapons and weapon making

Cow draining and readiness of nearby margarine

Get familiar with the historical backdrop of polygamy in the Datoga clan

Flour making by ladies utilizing crushing stones

Readiness of “gissuda” – a nearby lager – for services, weddings, supplications to divine beings and precursors. The kind of honey utilized is totally normal and ladies are not permitted to drink this nearby brew made from honey and a few regular tubers.

Get familiar with the historical backdrop of underground springs in Lake Eyasi, these springs have the augmentation of around 1km framing Chemchem River which support all water system in the bowl

The clans who ranch the Lake Eyasi bowl incorporate the local Iraqw, the Nyakyusa, Nyamwezi, Chagga, Meru generally living around the principal settlement nearby .Crops being developed around Lake Eyasi incorporate maize, cassava, bananas, potatoes, beans, and onions which is the main business produce found in inundated ranches