• Tanzania, United Republic of 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 on a life-changing eight days journey to participate and observe Maasai and Hadzabe traditions and culture in Northern Tanzania. Space is limited for this precious opportunity to learn from and interact with one of the world's last hunter-gatherers people who live in and from nature. During this trip, you will also meet Maasai laibon in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, who is a spiritual leader and medicine man. You experience a lot of singing and dancing Maasai's ancestral songs, sharing Maasai and Hadzabe peoples rich culture, hunting with the Hadzabe and collecting wild honey from Baobab trees, reconnecting with nature and expanding consciousness for environmental healing.

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

Arrive in Kilimanjaro airport, transfer to Crest Safari Lodge* in Arusha. Dinner together in a local African restaurant. (D).

Day 2

Maasai village

Transfer from Arusha to Mto Wa Mbu. We have lunch on the road. We set up a camp in the Maasai boma. Dinner and welcoming celebrations by the Maasai warriors and women. Sleep in a tent in Maasai boma. (B, L, D).

Day 3

Maasai life & Painting workshop

After breakfast, we head to Mto wa Mbu village where we have a painting workshop with an African artist. Make your own Maasai portray. We return to the Maasai boma for lunch. In the evening we go to fetch firewood and water with the Maasai women. Dinner and overnight in the Maasai boma. (B, L, D)

Day 4

After breakfast, we head to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We have a privilege to meet Maasai spiritual leader and medicine man, laiboni. We learn about Maasai wisdom and use of bush medication. You have a chance to meet laiboni in private too if you wish. We do a bush walk inside the Ngorongoro. We head back to our Maasai boma in Mto wa Mbu for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5

The Hadzabe hunter-gatherers

Today we head to the Lake Eyasi to meet the famous Hadza hunters. 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 to the bush and experience the life of hunter-gatherers. We set up a bush camp near Hadzabe's huts. Dinner and storytelling around a campfire in the wild bush. (B, L, D).

Day 6

Life in the bush with the Hadzabe tribe

We 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 and maybe we are lucky to see how they gather wild honey. We also join the Hadzabe women to gather tuber plants and fruits. The Hadzabe sing and tell stories every night at slow burning Acasia fire. We sleep in the wild bush with the Hadzabe.

Day 7

e 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 and maybe we are lucky to see how they gather wild honey. We also join the Hadzabe women to gather tuber plants and fruits. The Hadzabe sing and tell stories every night at slow burning Acasia fire. We sleep in the wild bush with the Hadzabe.

Day 8

Back to Arusha

After breakfast, we head back to Arusha. Transfer back to Kilimanjaro airport when your flight departures or book an extra night in a lodge (for an extra cost). (B, L).

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

Upcoming Departures

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$2999 per person
  • Sep 13th - Sep 21st, 2019
Moderate cancellation - 100% refund more than 30 days before departure.

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