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A Real Maasai village experience and hiking in the Usambara Mountains

About the Maasai experience

Explore the fascinating and authentic Maasai culture and go hiking in the Usambara mountains. Visit the lesser-known rural Tanzania and meet the friendliest and most welcoming Maasai hosts who welcome you to stay in their homes. Less known means also fewer visitors. You stay in a real Maasai village (boma) that gives you the opportunity to immersive yourself into the rich Maasai culture and pastoralists lifestyle.

 

During the stay, you visit another Maasai boma that is very remote, and hard to reach.  We travel by car, by rowboat, and on foot. This is an 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.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to make! 

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Highlights

  • An authentic and real-life experience. Live close to the Maasai families and observe and participate in  traditional Maasai culture

  •  Spend two days  hiking in the Usambara mountains

  • Have candlelight dinners under African stars every night in the bush

  • Sleep in the African wild. Hear the nocturnal sounds of the African wild. 

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

The itinerary

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 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, 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. join the Maasai boys and warriors to herd cattle, and observe how Maasai women milk cows and goats. We walk with the Maasai herders in the remote savanna and explore the  African savanna. We return back to our Maasai village for lunch. In the afternoon, we join the Maasai in 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 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 into the beautiful African bush. Enjoy the welcoming celebrations with much dancing and singing with the Maasai. (B, L, D). 


DAY 5. After breakfast, we drive to Lushoto from where we start our two days hiking journey. The Usambara mountains rise on average 2000m and with their pleasant cool mountain forests and phenomenal viewpoints. We sleep in a tent. (B, L, D). 

DAY 6. We spend all day hiking in this incredibly beautiful and lush area that has been called the “Galapagos” of the plant world due to an exceptional assortment of birds, plants, and animals. Its mountain range is unspoiled and covered with tropical forests. We hike with our Maasai hosts.   (B,  L, D). 

 

DAY 7. After breakfast, we drive back to Arusha where we arrive in the afternoon. We sleep in a lodge and have dinner together with our Maasai staff. (B, L). 

DAY 8. After  breakfast, we drive you to Kilimanjaro International airport when your flight depatures. (B). 

Travel details

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Time

You can book this tour as a private trip anytime 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.​

7 - 14  June 2021
6 - 13  December 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
€ 1690 / $ 2050 
 per person  ( 8 Days, 7 nights).

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

A Private trip 

€ 2390 / $ 2890 / per person. 
The minimum group size is two. Discounts available for bigger groups. 


The price includes:
- Private transport 

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

-  Food and drinks 

- 2 days hiking in Usambara mountians

- 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. 

Are you interested to book this experience, but would you like to hear other people's experiences? Read what other travelers have said about this trip. Here you can read an interview with Claire or Sylvie, who have made this trip with us.  You can also visit our Facebook and TripAdvisor pages to read customer reviews. If you have questions, we are more than happy to help. Contact us here

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Tiilipojanlenkki 4 A
01720  Vantaa

Finland


 

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