Explore the fascinating and immersive culture of the Maasai while visiting the lesser-known National Parks of the Northern safari circuit in off of the beaten path Tanzania. These lesser-known National Parks offer spectacular wildlife-spotting opportunities as the parks are home to almost all species. Less known means also fewer visitors. You stay four full days in a Maasai village (boma) that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself into the rich Maasai culture and pastoralists lifestyle.
During the stay, you visit another Maasai boma that is very remote. To reach the place you travel by car, by rowboat, and on foot. This is the ultimate remote expedition where you can observe and participate in Maasai culture and explore the beauty of the remote African savanna and nature. You learn how Maasai warriors use bush medication and where the Maasai warriors hang out in the savanna. You join the Maasai women in their daily life and every night you enjoy your bush dinner outside under the African sky full of stars. Fall asleep by listening to nocturnal sounds of Africa like hyena’s laughing. The Maasai camp is guarded 24/7 by Maasai warriors.
This is an authentic and real-life experience. Live close to the Maasai families and observe and participate in their traditional life in the savanna
Spend two days viewing wild animals in Arusha and Mkomazi National parks on a safari game drives
Have candlelight dinners under African stars every night in the bush
Sleep 6 nights in a tent in the African wild. Hear the nocturnal sounds of the African wild.
Every night after dinner we gather around the campfire to hear stories and singing with our Maasai hosts
Location: Kilimanjaro Tanzania
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Minimum: 4 passengers
Prices start at $2240 USD Per person
Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
Season: October – January
Group Departures: October & January
DAY 1. Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, Tanzania. We pick you up from the airport and transfer to your lodge in Arusha. Dinner together with our Maasai staff. (D).
DAY 2. After an early breakfast, we start our trip going to Arusha National Park where you can enjoy your first safari game drive. This park is less known, but a real gem because of varied ecosystems and spectacular views of Mt. Meru which is the fifth highest mountain in Africa. We enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. After the safari, we continue to head to the first Maasai village which takes about 5 hours. We arrive at the Maasai village in the late afternoon. Welcoming celebrations by your Maasai hosts and setting up the camp in the savanna. Dinner is served al fresco under the African stars. (B, picnic L, D).
DAY 3. After breakfast, get ready for your first bushwalk! Today you can try your skills in herding cattle with the Maasai boys and warriors. We walk with the Maasai herders in the remote savanna and explore the African savanna. We return back to our bush camp for lunch. In the afternoon, we join in the Maasai village life. In the evening, we gather around the campfire and enjoy our bush dinner in a Maasai village. (B, L, D).
DAY 4. Today you can immersive yourself in the Maasai warriors life. After breakfast, we head to the Maasai warriors bush camp where you learn about traditional bush medicine and warriors’ life in Maasai culture. Lunch is a tasty and famous Maasai barbecue (also a vegetarian option). We spend the afternoon in our Maasai village. In the evening we hear traditional stories around the campfire and enjoy our bush dinner. (B, L, D).
DAY 5. Today we visit another remote Maasai village. We have to travel by car, by rowboat, and on foot to reach this Maasai village. Now we go even deeper in the beautiful African bush. Enjoy the welcoming celebrations with much dancing and singing with the Maasai. We return back to our Maasai village for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D.).
DAY 6. Today you have a full day to explore the fascinating Maasai culture with the Maasai women. Before breakfast, you can go to milk cows and see how the women cook tea made of fresh milk on a Maasai stove in a hut. After our breakfast, we join the Maasai women and go to fetch water with donkeys. This is a beautiful bushwalk in the savanna. We return to our Maasai village for lunch. We spend the afternoon with the Maasai in their village. In the evening Maasai warriors sing and dance. Enjoy your last bush dinner under the African stars. (B, L, D.).
DAY 7. We wake up early and say goodbye to our Maasai village. Then we head to Mkomazi National Park for a safari game drive. Here you might see wild animals like giraffe, oryx, gerenuk, hartebeest, lesser kudu, eland, impala, and Grant’s gazelle, elephant, buffalo, and numerous predators, including lion, leopard, and cheetah. We have a picnic lunch in the park. We arrive to Arusha in the late afternoon. Overnight in a safari lodge. Have a shower and relax. We eat dinner together. (B, picnic L, D.).
DAY 8. After breakfast, we transfer you to Kilimanjaro airport or you can extend your stay in Arusha. (B).
8 Days Exploring Maasai Culture in Tanzania
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What’s Included on your Maasai Homestay ?
- Pick up and return to and from Kilimanjaro airport
- 2 nights in Karibu Heritage hotel or similar in Arusha (twin share)
- 5 nights in a tent
- All camping equipment including sleeping bags and mattresses
- Mkomazi and Arusha National parks game drives including all park fees, all the camping supplies.
- Inclusive food & beverages
- A private Maasai chef
- 4*4 jeep
- Visits to 2 Maasai villages
- Maasai guides, and an international guide who is an African researcher.
- We donate part of the payment to the Maasai women’s community project which is clean water. We supply a rainwater collecter for the Maasai boma.
- Flights and airport taxes. (Option we can organize a flight from your destination to JRO).
- Items of a personal nature.
- Compulsory tips for guides, porters, and cook.
- Entry visa for Tanzania (US $50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders).
- Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional but comes recommended).
- Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $250.
The nearest airport: Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania.
We pick you up from the airport or your hotel in Arusha.
You stay in remote and excluded location in the savanna where the Maasai live in Moipo (Kilimanjaro district). The nearest town is Same. You travel by a four-wheel vehicle, but one of the Maasai villages is very remote that you travel also by rowboat and motorbike to reach the village.
You sleep in a tent (single share) which is set up inside the Maasai village (boma). The toilet is a portable trekking toilet. There is no shower, but you will have a bucket of hot water every day to take a bath in trekking style. All the trekking supplies are included in the price (except a sleeping bag).