Herd the cattle with the Maasai warriors in Ngorongoro

About the experience 

More than a hundred years ago the Maasai ruled over much of East Africa. For centuries they have herded their cattle, goats, and sheep in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Their feared warriors were renowned for their bravery. In the past, every Maasai warrior was supposed to kill a lion as it was symbolically a rite of passage. Until these days, the Maasai have a special relationship with their land, the wild animals, and cattle.

 

This adventure is based on the real-life of the Maasai warriors from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area 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 that have been declared an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and a World Heritage Site because of its wildlife and cultural treasures. Maasai cattle can be seen grazing alongside zebras on Ngorongoro's grassland.

During the dry season, the warriors herd the cattle much further where are better pastures. The warriors can stay in savanna with the cattle up to months. They only eat meat, blood and herbs and they sleep under trees. Here you can literally feel and hear the spirit of Africa.

 

You are completely safe with the Maasai who walk with their spears, and you can see many wild animals from close distance by foot. At night you are not allowed to go out from your tent. The Maasai watch your back at all times during the night and day. Besides herding the cattle and bush walking, you learn about traditional medicine, traditions and wisdom of the Maasai. You get an experience of a lifetime.

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. 

Arrival to Kilimanjaro

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International airport and transfer to a lodge in Arusha. Dinner together in a local restaurant. (D). 
 

DAY 2. 

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area 

Herding with the Maasai begins! We start our journey early in the morning when we head to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You meet the Maasai warriors at Nainokanoka Maasai village. From now on, you sleep in the wild African bush in a tent, and the warriors sleep under trees. Ngorongoro is one of the unique places in the world, and here, you can feel the spirit of Africa. (B, L, D).

 

DAY 3 and  4. 

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area 

Herd the cattle in the savanna with the Maasai warriors. ​You walk through beautiful highlands, away from the crowds. The views and scenery are truly breathtaking. You can encounter some animals like gazelles, wildebeests, jackals, zebras, and different species of big birds like eagles, kori bustards, and buzzards. You can try your skills on herding cows. In the evening the Maasai warriors dance and sing. You dine every night in a different location in a bush camp under the sky full of African stars and when it is not cloudy a full moon illuminates the savanna. It is a view that you won't forget. During the night, you might hear a hyena laughing and other sounds of the African bushveld. Wake up to the sound of Ground hornbill bird and enjoy your bush breakfast watching the sunrise. (B, L, D).

DAY 5. 

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area 

Head back to Nainokanoka village and stay overnight in the Maasai warriors bush camp near the village. Last night celebrations with the Maasai warriors. Warriors will slaughter a goat and make the famous Maasai bush barbecue. A lot of Maasai singing and dancing. (B, L, D). 
 

DAY 6. 

The Ngorongoro Crater

Before heading back to Arusha, you go to Ngorongoro Crater which is 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. Head back to Arusha to your 4-star safari lodge. On the way back we can visit local African artisans shops. (B, picnic L, D). 
 

DAY 7. 

Back to Kilimanjaro Airport

Relax at the lodge before transferring back to Kilimanjaro airport. (B). 

Highlights

  • Try your skills herding cattle in the most beautiful settings in the world.

  • Live as a Maasai warrior and get close to the Maasai people and culture

  • Maasai show and teach you all about surrounding nature. Learn about bush medication, Maasai traditions and wisdom from the warriors

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

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

  • Observe the amazing African wild game in Ngorongoro Crater

Travel details

Time

Join this unique expedition with the Maasai warriors. The minimum group size is 4, and the maximum is 8 persons. This expedition is part of the Maasai warriors' real life in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

 

Secure your spot fast, as we have only limited capacity. This expedition is for adventurous travelers who are used to trek and camp in the wild. You need to be physically fit. 

20 - 27 February 2021

Location

Nearest airport: Kilimanjaro airport, 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, and no villages. It's remote African wilderness.  You can encounter many wild animals on foot.  

 

Accommodation

You sleep in a tent (single share) which is set up every night in a different location. We provide you all camping supplies. There is no shower, and the toilet is a portable one. You are not allowed to go outside of your tent alone at night. The Maasai warriors watch the camp at all times. 
 

Food

Your food is prepaid in the bush by a Maasai chef. Tasty African food is made of traditional and local ingredients. You have milk, meat, vegetables, and fruits. The Maasai don't eat fish. If you have a special diet, let us know in advance. 

Price

€2990 / $ 3350 / per person  ( 7 Days, 6 nights). The price includes own transportation (four-wheel drive), all the gate and camping fees in Ngorongoro & Crater, 5 nights accommodation in tents (including camping supplies), 2 nights in 4-star hotel in Arusha, food and drinks (breakfast, lunch, dinner, bottled water at all times, coffee and tea), Maasai warriors, and 2 packing donkeys per person. 

You can also book this experience as a private tour. Just send us a message for price details and availability. 

We donate part of the payment to the Maasai's community project which is education. There is no elementary school near your Maasai village. Your stay will contribute to building one for the children. 

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! 

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