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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! 

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 6 nights in a tent in the African wild. Hear the nocturnal sounds of the African wild. 

  • Every night after dinner we 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 you can immersive yourself in the Maasai warriors life. After breakfast, we head to the Maasai warriors bush camp where you learn about traditional bush medicine and warriors' life in Maasai culture. Lunch is a tasty and famous Maasai barbecue (also a vegetarian option). We spend the afternoon in our Maasai village. In the evening we hear traditional stories around the campfire and enjoy our bush dinner. (B, L, D). 
 

DAY 5. 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 6.  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 7. 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 8. After an early breakfast, we drive back to Kilimanjaro International airport where we arrive around 4 pm. You can book an evening flight or you can extend your stay in Arusha. (B, L). 

Travel details

Departures

3-10 March 2021
3-10 October 2021

 

You can also book this as a private adventure. Ask for more details. 

Location

The nearest airport: Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. 
We pick you up from the airport or your hotel in Arusha.

You stay in remote and excluded location in the savanna where the Maasai live in Moipo (Kilimajaro district). The nearest town is Same. You travel by a four-wheel vehicle, but one of the Maasai villages is very remote that you travel also by rowboat and motorbike to reach the village.  

 

Accommodation

You sleep in a tent (single share) which is set up inside the Maasai village (boma). The toilet is a portable trekking toilet. There is no shower, but you will have a bucket of hot water every day to take a bath in trekking style. All the trekking supplies are included in the price (except a sleeping bag). 

Food

To avoid any stomach problems, we have a Maasai chef who prepare all the food for the guests. The tasty food is made on traditional and local ingredients. Together with the meals, you will be served bottled water, tea, and coffee. If you have a dietary requirement let us know in advance. We cater for all diets. 

Price

Price: € 1990 / $ 2240  / per person.

(8 Days, 7 nights). Minimum 4 persons, Maximum 8. You can also book this as a private adventure. Ask for a price. 

The price includes: airport pick up and return from Kilimanjaro airport, private transportation (a four-wheel jeep), 5 nights accommodation in a tent (single share), 2 nights in a hotel in Arusha (twin share),  all meals and beverages on the safari (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and Maasai staff (a chef, guides and a driver), Mkomazi and Arusha National parks game drives including all park fees, all the camping supplies.  

 

We donate part of the payment to the Maasai women's community project which is clean water. We supply a rainwater collecter for the Maasai boma. 

Wi-Fi

Here you can go offline. We are happy to announce this a totally off-grid experience. Here you can focus on being in the moment! 

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

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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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