The whole point of going on a vacation is to take a break. Experiencing something out of the ordinary, where your daily routine is simply not in the books, opens up your mind and heart to the world. Luckily, the world is full of such travel destinations. Destinations that will give an experience worth remembering for a lifetime. Tribal tourism is one such alternative. Yes, the one where your world simply goes upside down for a day or two! It’s not every day that you get to see a whole new way of living. You get to experience a new community that has almost nothing in common with our typical lifestyle. Here are 7 tribal tourism destinations that you can pick for your next vacation!
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
This beautiful destination near the Omo River in the south-western corner of Ethiopia is a must-have tribal tour! The valley is home to many tribes like Mursi, Hamer, Karo, and more. A visit to each of their lifestyles is something that you won’t get anywhere else. With a diverse tradition and a variety of tribes, the tourism here is a blend of many communities. Seeing them with plated lips and ash painted faces, it’s more than clear to see the deep-rooted cultural values among the tribes. Believe me, you will not regret this tribal experience!
Ancient Odisha, India
India is a country that is ingrained with cultural diversity and values for traditions. So no doubt that a must-visit tribal tourism site resides here. Odisha is a beautiful state to the east of India. With an inhabitant of a variety of tribes, this should definitely be on your bucket list. Your inner shopaholic won’t be able to hold back from spending your money in their beautiful tribal markets. With many tribal landmarks to visit, this place can turn out to be a once in a lifetime experience for you!
Himba People, Namibia
How often do you get to see a tribal ritual for reaching their gods? Almost never. Himba people in the north of Namibia are great believers in the power of fire. They have a unique way to communicate to their gods as they believe it can also be achieved through fire! A custom worth watching, right? Their trust in girl power is equally respectable as the women of the tribe are mostly involved in harsh works that are mostly associated with the men. Adding this place to your vacation bucket is nothing but an adventure-packed deal!
Maasai People, Kenya and Northern Tanzania
The Maasai people are a tribe that can be found in many parts of Kenya and Northern Tanzania. You will be welcomed by most of the tribes here. They love visitors and welcome them with an open heart in exchange for some fee. The culture is very colorful, the testimony of which are their astonishing clothes and choice of colors. This community had great respect for arts like dance, celebrations, and customs. You will have a cultural vacation if you choose to visit this tribe!
San people, Southern Africa
The San people or the Bushmen Tribe is one of the most popular and local tribes in Southern Africa. The tribe is large in number and is known for its hunting skills along with a commendable knowledge about mother nature. They are also good with herbs and medicines. The San tribe will be more than happy to get visitors. Arrange a local translator before going for a tour to this tribal spot.
The Hill Tribes, Northern Thailand
The best part about this one is that you can stay in the homestays available here! Spending a few days with a tribe on the hill is much easier with a friendly environment! The hill is home to many tribes like Karen, Hmong, Lisu, Lahu, and more. Basically, a perfect vacation for spending your time with a diverse community of various tribes! Chiang Mai is the major spot for the trip, however, you can experience some real adventure in the remote parts of the hill!
The Kuku Yalanji, Australia
With people covered in beautiful designs on their bodies, this tribal tour will be one of the most unique ones. Australia is known for its wildness when it comes to nature. So it’s only natural to assume that the tribe here is one of the closest to the wild. Your trip here will surely be a memorable one. With unique and ground-to-earth huts, spending a night there will be like a whole new experience! This one sure should be on your travel list, especially if you are a sucker for the rawness of nature!
Well, these were some of the tribal tours that will gain you a whole new set of knowledge about a unique lifestyle. Also getting close to nature is boring, said no one ever!
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