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Walk with Maasai warriors in Ngorongoro Conservation Area

About the Maasai
herding experience

Are you looking for a more adventurous, authentic, and closer to African nature featured safari experience? A 6-day walking safari with Maasai warriors is an amazing and unique experience to explore wildlife and African nature on foot. ​You walk through beautiful highlands, away from the crowds, and the views and scenery are truly breathtaking. You can encounter animals like gazelles, wildebeests, jackals, zebras, and different species of giant birds like eagles, kori bustards, and vultures. 


Ngorongoro is the only place on Earth where people, livestock, and wild animals co-exist in harmony. It is one of the world's natural wonders declared an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and a World Heritage Site because of its wildlife and cultural treasures.
 

Join us on this extraordinary journey and walk beside zebras and gnus in the most beautiful nature, commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. Watch sunsets and dine every night under the African stars in breathtaking nature. We camp in the wild bush, secluded and private, where you can relax and enjoy fantastic African nature. We experience untouched nature and wildlife from Maasai's perspective.
 
This adventure follows the real-life of the Maasai warriors from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. During the dry season, the warriors herd the cattle much further to better pastures. The warriors can stay in the savanna with the cattle for up to months. They only eat meat, blood, and herbs and sleep under trees. Here you can feel and hear the spirit of Africa. The 6-day walking safari experience includes a full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater.

The Ngorongoro Crater

Welcome to one of the natural wonders of the world. The world’s largest intact caldera from a long-extinct volcano, Ngorongoro, is home to about 25,000 wild creatures, including 26 black rhinoceros, who live within the safety of the caldera walls.  There are 7,000 wildebeests, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland, and 3,000 Grant's and Thomson's gazelles. The legendary annual wildebeest and zebra migration also passes through Ngorongoro, when the 1.7 million ungulates move south into the area in December then move out heading north in June.

 

The Maasai are the indigenous peoples whose traditional lands are Ngorongoro including the Crater where they still herd their cattle. During your stay,  you visit the Ngorongoro Crater to 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. You experience this amazing Crater with the Maasai who are the best guides to tell you about this unique area and wild game which is their home. You couldn't be in better company. 

The Itinerary

DAY 1. Welcome to Tanzania

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International airport or Arusha and transfer to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We set up tents next to Maasai houses. Dinner, a welcoming celebration, and overnight in a Maasai village (boma) inside the Ngorongoro conservation area.

DAY 2. Embulbul Depression

Walking with the Maasai begins! We start our journey early in the morning when Maasai women go to milk cattle. After breakfast, warriors come to escort us wearing their protective spears. From now on, we follow the Maasai's ancient herding paths in the Ngorongoro highlands walking through forest and grassland. On the first-day walking distance is about 10km. We sleep every night in the bush under the sky full of African stars. When the sky is clear a full moon illuminates the savanna. 

 

DAY 3. Empakai Crater
After enjoying bush breakfast we walk towards Empakai Crater which a collapsed volcanic caldera. We continue following warriors in thick bush and open land until we reach  the Empakai crater rim and then we descend down the crater floor. The views are amazing and you can see Oldonio Lengai, Mount Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley from the Crater's rim. Dinner and overnight in bush camp. 

DAY 4. Bush camp with the warriors 

Today we explore Maasai warriors' rituals and bush traditions such as olpul- Maasai warriors secret bush camp. Warriors tell how they use traditional medication and how they know to live among the wild animals and big predators. During the night, you might hear a hyena laughing, lion roaming and other sounds of the African bushveld. Warriors tell us stories by a campfire.

DAY 5. The Ngorongoro Crater

Wake up to the sound of a Ground hornbill bird and enjoy your bush breakfast watching the sunrise. Today we spend all day on a game drive inside the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is home to about 26 000 wild creatures who live within the safety of the caldera walls. We return for dinner and last night's celebrations in a Maasai village (boma).
 

DAY 6. Arusha

After breakfast we say goodbyes to our Maasai warriors and head back to Arusha.  

Landscape of Ngorongoro crater - Herd of wild animals grazing on grassland - herd of zebra

Highlights

  • Experience the real Maasai culture and herding lifestyle

  • Explore the amazing beauty  of the Ngorongoro Conservation 

  • One full-day visit to the Ngorongoro Crater for game viewing

  • Sleep in the wild bush every night and listen to the sounds of the African nocturnal nightlife

  • Trek and follow a path that only Maasai warriors use in Ngorongoro

  • Immerse yourself in rich Maasai culture

Travel details

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Time

Secure your spot fast, as we have only a limited capacity. The expedition is for adventurous travelers who are used to trekking and camping in the wild. 

Book a private trip anytime. Or join our small group expedition with like-minded travelers:

1.- 6. July 2022

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Location

Nearest airport: Kilimanjaro International airport (KIA), Tanzania

We come to pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport. The journey from Arusha to Ngorongoro Conservation Area takes about 4 hours. You stay inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, but very far away from the touristic route. Where you go are no roads, no electricity. It's a remote African wilderness.

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Accommodation

You sleep either in the African wilderness or in a Maasai boma, which means a Maasai homestead. You are accommodated in a comfortable tent (single share). We provide you all the camping supplies, including a trekking bed. 

There are no shower facilities, but you can have a bucket of warm water to wash yourself every day. Our bathroom is a hygienic portable trekking toilet. 

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Food

Your food is prepaid in the bush by a Maasai chef. Tasty African food is made of traditional and fresh local ingredients. If you have a special diet, let us know in advance. We are happy to cater to all kinds of different diets.

You have safe filtered drinking water at all times. We also serve coffee, tea, sodas, and other local drinks. We avoid using plastic water bottles to conserve nature.


 

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Price

A small group expedition
Startting from €2590 / per person  ( 6 Days, 5 nights).

The minimum group size is four, and the maximum is six persons.

A Private trip 

Book anytime as a private trip. Ask us for further price details.

The price includes:
- Private transport and wildlife viewing in a 4x4 Land cruiser 

- Entrance and camping fees in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and including a full-day game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater

-  5 nights accommodation in a single share tent (including camping supplies) 

-  Food and drinks (breakfast, lunch, dinner, unlimited drinking water, coffee, tea)

- All the program mentioned in the itinerary

- Our give back- program to Maasai families

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Impact

Our unique trips are managed and guided by the Maasai from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. They get the economic benefit and fair salary for hosting you in their home.  


Also, we purchase a medical cover for one Maasai family most in need per each booking to make sure that your stay benefits the broader community as well. When the family receives the medical cover, they have access to medical services, including free medication.