Explore the Maasai and Hadzabe cultures

In Tanzania

8 days expedition

About the experience 

Join our native indigenous hosts on a life-changing eight days journey to participate and observe Maasai and Hadzabe traditions and culture in Northern Tanzania. Space is limited for this precious opportunity to learn from and interact with one of the world's last hunter-gatherers people who live from nature. You experience a lot of singing and dancing Maasai's ancestral songs, sharing Maasai and Hadzabe peoples rich culture, hunting with the Hadzabe and collecting wild honey from Baobab trees, reconnecting with nature and expanding consciousness for environmental healing.

This expedition is planned and provided by the Maasai and the Hadzabe themselves. They open their homes to show you their unique culture, traditions, and customs. Your guides are the Maasai and the Hadzabe who live in harmony with nature and wild animals, so they are the best guides to take you on a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. This is the most authentic and sustainable way to explore African nature, wildlife and indigenous cultures in Tanzania.

The Maasai have adopted a revitalized approach to preserve their culture in modern times. Their way of life is deeply rooted in traditions that have been practiced in the same way for hundreds of years. This stay is a great privilege to learn from the Maasai and from the earth they have a close relationship to. On this trip, you can experience the balance and harmony between people and the environment and to share collective indigenous wisdom. 

The Hadzabe, are hunter-gatherers who live only in Tanzania, in Lake Eyasi. There are estimated to be around 1300 Hadzabe people living in Tanzania. They are living a hunter-gatherer existence that is little changed from 10,000 years ago. The Hadzabe men hunt animals using three different kinds of bows and arrows. The Hadzabe women gather roots and tubers by digging sticks, and men hunt game and collect natural wild honey found in the trees. Every evening the Hadzabe set up a fire and gather around it to tell stories and sing. This is an intimate adventure deep dive inside the Maasai and Hadzabe cultures. 

Highlights

  • This is an authentic and real-life experience. Live close to the Maasai and Hadzabe families and observe and participate in their traditional life in the savanna

  •  Learn about bush medicine, plants and traditions of healing in the most beautiful African nature

  • Enjoy candlelight dinners every night under the African sky full of stars 

  • Sleep 5 nights in a tent in the African wild. Hear the nocturnal sounds of the African wild. 

  • Gather around the campfire to hear stories and singing with our indigenous hosts

  • Visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area that is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a full day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater.

The itinerary

DAY 1. Arrive at Kilimanjaro
We pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport when your flight arrives. We transfer to a 3-star Lodge in Arusha. Dinner and overnight in a lodge. (D). 

 

DAY 2. Mto Wa Mbu
After breakfast, we head from Arusha to Mto Wa Mbu-village which is about two hours' drive. When we arrive in Mto Wa Mbu village, we continue to drive in the savanna until we reach our first Maasai boma (village). We set up a camp inside the Maasai boma. This is your new home for a few days.   You dine outside enjoying the great views of the East African Great Rift Valley which is one the geologic wonders of the world. Enjoy welcoming celebrations with a lot of dancing and singing with the Maasai warriors and women. After dinner, we gather around a campfire. (B,  L, D). 

 

DAY 3. Mto Wa Mbu
Today you have a full day to explore the fascinating Maasai culture. Maasai live in bomas which are kind of extended families numbering about 4-10 families normally. From our Maasai boma, you can see the Great Eastern Rift Valley. You can observe and participate in herding cattle, milking cows and other Maasai activities of their everyday life. Enjoy bush lunch and dinner in the Maasai boma. We stay overnight in a Maasai boma. (B, L, D)

 

DAY 4. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, you head to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Crater s the world’s largest intact caldera from a long-extinct volcano. Ngorongoro is home to about 26 000 wild creatures who live within the safety of the caldera walls. You can observe elephants, black rhinoceroses, leopards, buffalo, zebras, warthogs, gnu (wildebeests), Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, and the densest population of lions in the world. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the Hippo pool. We head back to our Maasai boma in Mto Wa Mbu for dinner and overnight. (B, picnic L, D)

 

DAY 5. Lake Eyasi
Today we head to the Lake Eyasi to meet the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers. The drive is about 1,5 hours. Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau. For thousands of years, the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers have lived in Lake Eyasi. They are some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the Earth. The hadzabe grow no food, raise no livestock, and live without rules or calendars. We join the Hadzabe to the deep bush and experience the real life of hunter-gatherers.  We set up a bush camp near Hadzabe's huts. Dinner and storytelling around a campfire in the wild bush. (B, L, D).

 

DAY 6. Lake Eyasi
Before the sunrise, join the  Hadzabe on their early morning hunting trip. The Hadzabe use only an arrow and bows for hunting. They might gather some wild honey too depending on the honey bee season. We return to the bush camp for lunch. In the afternoon, we join the Hadzabe women when they go to gather plant tubers and Baobab fruits. You learn more about ancient Hadzabe
 beliefs, practices, and culture. The Hadzabe sing and tell stories every night at slow-burning Acasia fire. Enjoy your last bush dinner under the African sky full of stars and listen to the African nature's nocturnal sounds. (B, L, D). 

 

DAY 7. Lake Eyasi Lodge
After breakfast, we say goodbye to our Hadzabe hosts. We drive back to Lake Eaysi and you stay overnight in a lodge with stunning views over the Lake Eyasi that is a soda lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau. Now you can have a warm shower and relax at the lodge or explore the Lake Eyasi on foot. You have a full-board in the lodge. (B, L, D). 

 

DAY 8.  Kilimanjaro Airport
After breakfast, we drive you back to Kilimanjaro airport when your flight departures. (B).

 

Travel details

Time

You can book this expedition year around. 

If you are interested in tasting and seeing how the Hadzabe gathers wild honey from giant Baobab trees, book this trip from May to June as it is African honey bees wild honey season. 

Location

Nearest airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania

We pick you up from and return you to Kilimanjaro airport.  The first night is in Arusha, which is about one hour drive from the airport. The journey from Arusha to Mto Wa Mbu about 2 hours. When you arrive at your Maasai village, there are no electricity and no roads, so you travel by a four-wheel safari vehicle. The location of your Maasai village is extremely beautiful and excluded. You can encounter some wild animals on foot too.

From Mto Wa Mbu, we make a day trip to Ngorongoro Crater which is about one hour away from the Maasai village. The Hadzabe tribe live in Lake Eyasi, which is about 2 hours drive from Mto Wa Mbu. 

 

Accommodation

While staying with the Maasai and Hadzabe, you sleep in a tent which is set up close to Maasai's and Hadzabe's huts. We provide all camping supplies except a sleeping bag. The toilet is a portable trekking toilet. There is no shower, but you will have a bucket of hot water to wash youself. 
 

Food

We have a private Maasai chef who prepares all the food for you. Tasty African food is made of traditional and local ingredients. If you have a special diet, let us know in advance. All the meals are served with bottled water, tea, and coffee. 

Price

€2890 / $ 3290 / per person  ( 8 Days, 7 nights).

The minimum is two persons. Ask for a discount for bigger groups. 

 

The price includes:

  • Pick up and return to and from Kilimanjaro airport

  • Four-wheel safari vehicle with an open roof

  • 1 night in a  three-star lodge in Arusha (twin-share)

  •  5 nights in a tent (all camping supplies provided except a sleeping bag. Tents are single share)

  • 1 night in a four-star lodge in Lake Eyasu with full-board (twin-share)

  • One day game viewing safari in the Ngorongoro Crater including all the park fees

  • All-inclusive food and beverages (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, tea, and local drinks)

  • Bottled mineral water at all times

  • Visit Natives staff: a private chef, a driver, and an English speaking guide 

  • All the activities mentioned in the itinerary 


A single supplement in a lodge is 350$ extra for the whole trip.​​​

The price excludes:
 

  • International flights

  • Tourist visa 

  • Travel insurance

  • Drinks at lodges

Wi-Fi

Here you can go offline. We are happy to announce this a totally off-grid experience. In case of emergencies, we have a satellite phone. Here you can focus on being in the moment! 

There is no electricity in the Maasai villages, but you can charge your electronics using our solar power or in the car. We send you an information letter including a packing list when you book.  

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How my trip benefits the Maasai and the Hadzabe?


 

 

This trip is planned and provided by the Maasai and the Hadzabe themselves who get fairly paid for being guides, chefs and drivers. We give food and cash to Maasai and Hadzabe families that you visit on your trip. 

We support also local Maasai and Hadzabe broader communities by investing in their health care. When you book this trip, one Maasai family gets health insurance that covers free treatment in local dispensaries and hospitals. We also support the Lake Eyasi Health center that provides free medical services for the Hadzabe. Your trip makes a lot of good! 
 

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