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An authentic Maasai, Hadzabe and Datoga tour

About the authentic, Maasai, Hadzabe, and Datoga tour
 

Join our native indigenous hosts on a life-changing eight days journey to participate and observe Maasai, Datoga, and Hadzabe traditions and culture in Northern Tanzania.  You experience a lot of singing and dancing Maasai's ancestral songs, sharing Maasai, Datoga, and Hadzabe people's rich culture. Reconnect with nature and expanding consciousness for holistic living.

This expedition is planned and provided by the indigenous hosts who open their homes to show you their unique culture, traditions, and customs. Experience the most authentic and sustainable way to explore African nature, wildlife, and indigenous cultures in Tanzania.

The Maasai in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has 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.  
The Hadzabe indigenous wisdom contains the belief that we are all related, including all living and inanimate beings. The Hadzabe grow no food, raise no livestock, and live without rules or calendars. Their way of life has remained unchanged over the millennia, and they live in small wandering groups of about twenty individuals. 
 

 The Datoga people are Nilotic pastoralists living only in Tanzania. They are semi-nomads (population about 85 000). The Datoga are polygynous and patrilineal with a strong warrior tradition and male domination of political and social life. They are also talented blacksmiths.  Join this adventure and deep dive into the indigenous cultures. 

 

The Itinerary

DAY 1. Welcome to Tanzania

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

DAY 2. Lake Eyasi / HadzabeWe start our journey towards Lake Eyasi, where we stay with the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers. You join one of these family units in the deep bush for three days. We join the Hadzabe men on their hunting trips and women on their gathering. The landscape is exceptionally stunning due to the high number of beautiful baobab trees and its extensive marshlands—accommodation in a tent. (B, L, D).

 

DAY 3. Lake Eyasi / Hadzabe

We join the Hadzabe hunting early in the morning and return to our campsite for breakfast brunch. In the afternoon, we continue towards Lake Eyasi, a seasonal shallow salt lake on the Great Rift Valley floor at the Serengeti Plateau base. We walk around the lake to observe waterbirds like flamingos and pelicans.  We return to our bush camp to spend the evening singing and telling storing with the Hadzabe. (B, L, D).

DAY 4. Lake Eyasi / Datoga

After breakfast, we say goodbye to Hadzabe as we continue to stay with our Datoga family. We spend time with our hosts exploring the area and the Datoga way of life. After bush dinner, we gather around the campfire to hear and document Datoga's indigenous wisdom. Accommodation in a tent near Datoga's huts. (B, L, D).
 

DAY 5. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Maasai

Today we observe and participate in the Maasai way of life.  The Maasai welcome us to their home with a celebration. In the afternoon we join the Maasai boys and warriors to herd cattle and observe how Maasai women milk cows and goats. We stay overnight in a Maasai boma. (B, L, D).
 

DAY 6. The Ngorongoro Crater

Today we go inside the Ngorongoro Crater that 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. After the game drive, we return to Maasai warriors bush camp to overnight. (B, picnic L, D). 

Day 7. Lake Manyara National Park and Treetop Walkway
After breakfast, we go to Lake Manyara National Park. Ernest Hemingway called this lake ‘the most beautiful lake in all Africa.’ The Lake Manyara national park features a ground-water forest, acacia woodland, and Maji Moto hot springs. The park is well known for its unusual tree-climbing lions and large herds of elephant herds it was established to protect.  We also take a scenic walk on the Lake Manyara Treetop Walkway. After treetop walking, we arrive at Karatu for an overnight in a lodge. (B, L, D).

Day 8. Kilimanjaro International Airport
Enjoy your lazy morning in a Lodge. After lunch, we transfer back to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight departure. You arrive at the airport around 4 pm. You can book an evening flight or extend your stay in Arusha. (B, L).

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Highlights

  • Experience the authentic African indigenous cultures 

  • Immerse yourself in rich traditions and unique lifestyles

  • Explore the African extraordinary nature and view wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park

  • Do the scenic Treetop Walkway

  • Join the everyday life of the Maasai, the Hadzabe, and the Datoga people 

Travel details

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Time

You can book this tour as a private trip or you can join our small grouped expeditions. Secure your spot fast, as we have only limited capacity as this is not mass tourism. 

Join our small group expedition with like-minded travelers.​

21-27 March 2021
1-7  November 2021


 

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Location

Nearest airport: Kilimanjaro International airport (KIA), Tanzania

We come to pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport. All our locations are far away from the touristic route there are no roads and no electricity. It's a remote and beautiful African wilderness.

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Accommodation

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

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. 

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.


 

Price

A small group expedition
€ 2890 / $ 3500
 / per person  ( 7 Days, 6 nights).

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

A Private trip 

€ 3490 / $ 4290 / per person. 
The minimum group size is two. Discounts available for bigger groups. 


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

- Entrance fees the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and game drive in the Crater, and Lake Manyara National park

- The Scenic Treetop Walkway 

-  5 nights accommodation in a single share tent (including camping supplies) and 2 nights in a 4-star lodge

-  Food and drinks 

- All the program mentioned in the itinerary

Impact

Our unique trips are managed and guided by the indigenous Maasai, Datoga and Hadzabe hosts. They get the economic benefit and fair salary for hosting you in their home.  
Also, we purchase a medical cover for one 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. 

Our offices

Europe

Tiilipojanlenkki 4 A
01720  Vantaa

Finland

+ 358 443 773 303

Africa

P.O.Box 10302

Arusha

Tanzania

+255 745 015 555


 

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