• Tanzania
  • 8 Days

Explore Maasai and Hadzabe Cultures in Tanzania

  • Multi Destination Journey
  • Cultural Immersion
  • 8 days; 7 nights
  • 5 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Arusha
Join us for an eight day journey of observing the traditions of the Maasai and Hadzabe peoples in Northern Tanzania. Take part in the opportunity to learn from and participate in their hunter-gatherer lifestyle. During this trip, you will also meet Maasai laibon in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a spiritual leader and medicine man. You will sing and dance to the Maasai's ancestral songs, hunt and collecting wild honey from Baobab trees with the Hadzabe, and at large, learn about the Maasai and Hadzabe peoples culture.

At a Glance

Creature comforts

basic


Physical activity

significant


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Forest
  • Village Life
  • Pastoral

Practicalities

  • For ages 12+
  • Fluent english spoken

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Wildlife
  • Digital detox
  • Indigenous culture
  • Rural homestay

Your Local Expert

Anniina Sandberg

This expedition is hosted by Anniina Sandberg, who has an MA in African studies. She has lived among the Maasai and she is fluent in Swahili and Maa- languages. She takes travelers to stay with the people she has lived within the bush and give cultural insights about Maasai and Hadzabe cultures. All other guides and staff are native Maasai and Hadzabe.

The Journey

Day 1

Arrival day

Welcome! Today you will arrive at the Kilimanjaro airport. Tonight you will stay at the Crest Safari Lodge in Arusha and eat dinner in a local African restaurant.

Day 2

Maasai village

Today you will be driven from Arusha to Mto Wa Mbu. You will eat lunch on the road. You will be staying at a camp set up in the Maasai boma. The Maasai warriors and women will welcome you will dinner and other celebrations. You will sleep in a tent in Maasai boma.

Day 3

Maasai life & painting workshop

After breakfast, you will head to Mto wa Mbu village where you will take a painting workshop with an African artist. You will return to the Maasai boma for lunch. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to fetch firewood and water with the Maasai women. You will eat dinner at and sleep overnight in the Maasai boma.

Day 4

Laiboni

After breakfast, you will head to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will have the privilege to meet Maasai spiritual leader and medicine man, laiboni. You will learn about Maasai wisdom and the use of bush medication. You will have a chance to meet laiboni in private too if you wish. Later, you can take a bush walk inside the Ngorongoro. You will head back to Maasai boma in Mto wa Mbu for dinner and to sleep overnight.read more

Day 5

The Hadzabe hunter-gatherers

Today you will head to Lake Eyasi to meet the famous Hadza hunters. You will be greeted by a welcoming celebration in a Hadzabe village. The Hadzabe grow no food, raise no livestock, and live without rules or calendars. They are some of the last remaining hunter-gatherers on the planet. Join the Hadzabe on a trip to the bush and take part in their hunter-gatherering lifestyle. Camp will be set up in the bush near the Hadzabe's huts. Tonight, eat dinner and tell stories around a campfire in the wild bush.read more

Day 6

Life in the bush with the Hadzabe tribe

You will spend 2 full days with the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers. Join the Hadzabe on their hunting trips early in the morning and late in the evening. Learn their hunting techniques. If you're lucky, see how they gather wild honey. You will also join the Hadzabe women to gather tuber plants and fruits. Listen as the Hadzabe sing and tell stories each night around a slow burning Acasia fire. You will sleep in the wild bush with the Hadzabe.read more

Day 7

Life in the bush with the Hadzabe tribe (second day)

Spend another day learning about the Hadzabe lifestyle.

Day 8

Back to Arusha

After breakfast, you will head back to Arusha. You will transfer back to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight or book an extra night in the lodge (for an extra cost).

Included

  • Lodging

    One night in a 3-star Lodge in Arusha, 6 nights in a tent (including all camping supplies)

  • Meals

    All-inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner) Bottled mineral water at all times

  • Transportation

    Pick up and return to and from Kilimanjaro airport Private transportation (a four-wheel drive)

  • Equipment

    Camping supplies

  • Program

    Stays in Maasai and Hadzabe villages, and all the activities mentioned in the itinerary.

Not Included

  • Flights

  • Visa

    Tourist Visa can be applied at the airport

  • Alcohol drinks

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$2999 per person
Moderate cancellation - 100% refund more than 30 days before departure.

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