Explore the roots of Maasai wisdom. 

About the experience 

Join us on a life-changing seven days journey to participate and observe Maasai traditions and wisdom in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Space is limited for this precious opportunity to learn from and interact with Maasai laibon, the traditional Maasai spiritual leader during our expedition with the Maasai. You experience a lot of singing and dancing Maasai's ancestral songs, sharing Maasai people's rich culture, reconnecting with nature, and expanding consciousness for environmental healing.

 The Maasai have 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.  This ethnographic expedition aims to address the need for balance and harmony between people and the environment and to share collective Maasai wisdom. 

This incredible journey takes you back to the ancient wisdom and traditions of the Maasai, where you will learn about ecological knowledge, plant medicine, ancestral knowledge, and much more. You stay and sleep in a tent in the Maasai warriors bush camp and in a Maasai boma. 

Maasai live in harmony with the wild animals in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, so they are the best guides on your African safari. On this trip, you visit the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater that contains over 25,000 large animals, including 26 black rhinoceros. There are 7,000 wildebeests, 4,000 zebras, 3,000 eland, and 3,000 Grant's and Thomson's gazelles. 

You explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area also by foot when you do bush walks with the warriors.  Ngorongoro is the ancestral land of the Maasai where you can see all the wild game and Maasai tell more about their close relationship with the wild animals. This adventure is based on the real-life of the Maasai warriors in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. 

The Maasai warriors bush camp

One of the highlights is to stay in an olpul- bush camp with the Maasai warriors. Warriors go into the bush to eat meat to get stronger soldiers for weeks or even for months. In this Olpul- bush camp Maasai soldiers eat only meat and drink a soup made of blood and plant medicine. 

This is a unique opportunity to see Maasai's cultural traditions and the incredible beauty of the real African nature as you are in the deep bush.  Here you can learn ancient wisdom and use of traditional medicines. You sleep in a tent in the savanna, but the Maasai warriors sleep under trees. Maasai warriors watch the camp with spears to protect you from wild animals at all the times.   

Ngorongoro Crater

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. 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. 
 

Highlights

  • Live close to the wild game inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Unesco Heritage Site

  •  View the wild game in the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Parks

  • Attend the Maasai warriors secret bush camp

  • Dine in candlelight under African stars every night 

  • Immersive yourself into fascinating Maasai culture

  • Meet the Maasai spiritual leader and learn about bush medicine, plants, and traditions of healing

  • Slow down and enjoy the beauty of the African savanna

The itinerary

DAY 1. Arrive at Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Welcome to Tanzania! Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport. Maasai pick you up and transfer to a safari lodge in Arusha. Dinner at the lodge. Rest and get ready for the adventure! (D). 
 

DAY 2. Tarangire National Park.
After an early breakfast, we head to the Tarangire National Park. Tarangire National Park
has the largest elephant population in Tanzania and the second-largest elephant population in Africa. It is a real gem in Tanzania’s northern safari circuit. Here you may see herds of up to 300 elephants roaming between huge Baobab trees. And good news from Tarangire; they have one of the highest elephant population growth rates and the lowest poaching rates in Africa. You may also wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, Thompson's gazelle, kudu, eland, leopard, and cheetah. We enjoy a  picnic lunch in the park. In the afternoon,  we continue our journey to a Maasai boma (village) in Mto Wa Mbu. You are welcomed by the Maasai with a lot of singing and dancing. Enjoy your first bush dinner under the African sky full of stars. Tonight we sleep in a Maasai village where we set up our tents.

(B, picnic L, D). 

DAY 3. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Enjoy your bush breakfast with stunning views over the Great Rift Valley. We continue our journey towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is also a Unesco Heritage Site. Apart from the main caldera, Ngorongoro also has two other volcanic craters: Olmoti and Empakai. Olmoti is famous for its stunning waterfalls, and Empakai is known for a deep lake and lush, green walls. We arrive in our Maasai village around lunchtime. We continue to explore the area on foot and we do bush walk with the Maasai warriors in the afternoon. You can encounter many wild animals like zebras, wildebeest, and gnu. The Maasai warriors tell about local flora and fauna.  We spend the evening and sleep overnight in the Maasai warriors bush camp. The warriors camp is in secret location deeply in the bush with incredible views over Serengeti plains. This may take your breath away. Dinner is a famous Maasai bush barbecue. We set up our tents in the wild while Maasai warriors guard the camp at all times. (B, L, D). 

DAY 4.  The Ngorongoro Crater

Wake up in the most stunning location in the African bush and enjoy your bush breakfast. Today we spend a whole day in the Ngorongoro Crater viewing the wild game. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater was formed when a large volcano erupted and collapsed on itself. Ngorongoro Crater is called “Eden of Africa” because of the stunning landscape combined with its spectacular concentration of wildlife. Without a doubt, it is one of the greatest natural wonders of the planet.  In the afternoon, we return to the Maasai warriors bush camp for dinner and overnight. (B, picnic L, D).  
 

DAY 5. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area

After a bush breakfast,  we say goodbye to our Maasai warriors as we leave their camp. We head to a Maasai village where we have a true privilege to meet the Maasai spiritual leader and medicine man, laiboni. Laiboni tells us about traditional Maasai wisdom, beliefs, and traditional healing. We learn how Maasai wisdom can help us transform our personal life. You will venture into the world of the Maasai and learn how their change strategy is relevant to our lives in modern times. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Maasai the spiritual leader and share information and natural wisdom.  After lunch, you have free time in the Maasai village or you can join the Maasai women to fetch firewood and water. That is a real rural African experience. In the evening the Maasai sing and we gather around a campfire to hear ancestral Maasai stories. We have our bush dinner and we stay overnight in the Maasai village. (B, L, D).  

DAY 6. Lake Manyara National Park.

Enjoy your last bush breakfast before we head to the Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara national park offers breathtaking scenic views of the splendid freshwater soda lake. Ernest Hemingway called this lake loveliest lake he had seen throughout all his travel in Africa. Lake Manyara National Park boasts an incredible diversity of plant and animal species. The park is also home to hippos, baboons, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, and is particularly good for bird watching, with over 380 species having been recorded. If you are lucky, you may see tree-climbing lions as well. We enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. In the afternoon we arrive back to Arusha and you stay overnight in a lodge. (B, picnic L, D). .

DAY 7. Return to Arusha

After breakfast, we drive you back to Kilimanjaro airport when your flight departures or you can book an extra night in a lodge (for an extra cost). (B).

Travel details

Time

You can book this tour year around. 


 

 

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Location

Nearest airport: Kilimanjaro airport, Tanzania

The Maasai come to pick you up from and return you to Kilimanjaro airport.  You will stay inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, but far away from the touristic route. The journey from Arusha to Ngoronogoro Conservation Area takes about 4 hours. When you arrive at your Maasai village, there are no electricity and no roads, so you travel by a four-wheel safari vehicle. The location of your Maasai village is extremely beautiful and excluded.

 

Accommodation

You sleep in a tent (single-share) which is set up inside the Maasai boma or in the savanna in a Maasai bush camp. We provide all camping supplies except a sleeping bag.

A toilet is very basic and outdoors. There is no shower, but you will have a bucket of hot water every day to take a bath in the trekking style.
 

Food

To avoid any stomach problems, you have a Maasai chef who prepares all the food for you. Tasty African food is made of traditional and local ingredients.  If you have a special diet, let us know in advance. All the meals are served with bottled water, tea, and coffee. 

Price

€3190 / $3590  / per person  ( 7 Days, 6 nights).

Minimum of two persons. Ask a discount for bigger groups. 

The price includes:

  • Pick up and return to and from Kilimanjaro airport

  • Four-wheel safari vehicle with an open roof

  • 2 nights in a  three-star lodge in Arusha (twin-share)

  • 4 nights in a tent (all camping supplies provided except a sleeping bag. Tents are single share)

  • One day wild game viewing safari in the Ngorongoro Crater (including all the park and camping fees)

  • One day wild game viewing safari in the Tarangire National Park (including all the park and camping fees)

  • One day wild game viewing safari in the Lake Manyara National Park (including all the park and camping fees)

  • All-inclusive food and beverages (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, tea, and local drinks)

  • Bottled mineral water at all times

  • Visit Natives staff: a private chef, a driver, and an English speaking guide 

  • All the activities mentioned in the itinerary 


A single supplement in a lodge is 200$ extra for the whole trip.​​​

The price excludes:
 

  • International flights

  • Tourist visa 

  • Travel insurance

  • Drinks at lodges

Wi-Fi

Here you can go offline. We are happy to announce this a totally off-grid experience. In case of emergencies, there is a satellite phone. 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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