Art and culture
Because of its natural heritage unique in the world, we come to forget that Tanzania is also exceptional for its rich culture (past and present).
With 120 ethnic groups, Tanzania offers a true cultural mosaic. Many of these ethnic groups have preserved their traditions almost intact.
Spread over the whole territory, many sites reflect the history (some parts still unknown) of Tanzania: from early prehistoric sites (Olduvai, Laetoli, Kondoa and others) through some forgotten kingdoms (Ngaruka, ..) and influences of Persians (Kilwa), Arabs (Zanzibar Bagamoyo, ..) and colonials …
Tanzania has a beautiful heritage, not well known and for some sites, difficult to access.
Since the first paintings, in the 60s, of E.S Tingatinga, a great school of painting has developed to produce some real artists whose works of increasingly diverse styles are now exhibited across the World.
Beautiful paintings of good quality can be found for reasonable prices.
The Makonde sculpture tradition is very old.
Initially, these sculptures were designed to portray families and demons but have evolved to respond to the "European" commissions and to deal with numerous various subjects.