Ranked among Africa’s most dynamic vacation hubs, Tanzanian culture is rich and diverse from its neighbours. Here are some local customs and traditions tourists will need to know.
Photographing Without Consent
Although it is perfectly acceptable to capture Tanzanian wildlife reserves and other attractions on film or camera, travellers must get permission before snapping photos of individuals. It is considered very rude to take photographs without permission especially when engaging with tribal communities who still believe that a part of their soul is stolen when someone photographs them.
Avoid Using the Left Hand in Particular Scenarios
Similar to most Asian cultures, consuming food with the left hand, accepting gifts with the left hand, and even greeting locals must be avoided when in Tanzania. The left hand is restricted to hygiene practices in the bathroom, so it is considered unsuitable for eating, shaking hands, or receiving gifts.
Refrain from Smelling Your Food
While it may seem harmless to sniff at the aroma exuding from a meal or a dish that’s put on the table, this habit is considered improper in Tanzanian culture. This is because the move is seen as suspecting practice that expresses distaste at what’s been presented and insulting to the chef.
Physical Displays of Affection are perfectly fine inside the confines of The Residence Zanzibar or any resort in the country although it is a big faux pas in public spaces. So, keep your hands to yourself when going through your Zanzibar Things to Do list or travelling in the streets or exploring attractions with other members of the public.