More than a hundred years ago, the Maasai ruled over much of East Africa. For centuries, they have herded their cattle, goats, and sheep in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. For millenia, the Maasai warriors were feared and renowned for their bravery. In the past, every Maasai warrior was supposed to kill a lion as a symbolic rite of passage. To this day, the Maasai have an incredibly intimate relationship with their land, the wild animals, and cattle. In this remarkable journey, you will immerse yourself in the daily life of the Maasai in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Join them as they care for their cattle and migrate in search of better pastures. The warriors can stay in savanna with the cows up to months. During this time, they eat only meat, blood, and herbs, and they sleep under trees. You are entirely safe with the Maasai -- during the day, walk with them, approaching and observing many wild animals from close distance -- protected by the skilled warriors with their spears. But at night, they insist that you not leave your tent. Besides herding the cattle and bushwalking, you learn about traditional medicine, traditions, and wisdom of the Maasai. This is a a truly perspective-shifting and transformative experience... an opportunity to learn about a way of living that is intimately tied to the natural world, living in harmony with one of the wildest landscapes in the world.
Visit Natives works closely with Maasai from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This tour is planned and provided by Maasai warriors. Our mission is to make tourism more fair and sustainable for indigenous peoples like the Maasai. This is a real adventure and based on warriors real life. Besides living their culture close, you will encounter and see many wild animals and the most beautiful African nature in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Ngorongoro Crater. There are no better guides than the native Maasai warriors from Ngorongoro to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip!
DAY 1. Pick up from Kilimanjaro International airport and transfer to a four-star safari lodge. Dinner together in a local restaurant. (D)
DAY 2. Herding with the Maasai begins! We start our journey early in the morning when we head to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You meet the Maasai warriors at Nainokanoka Maasai village. From now on, you sleep in the wild African bush in a tent, and the warriors sleep under trees. Ngorongoro is one of the most unique places in the world and here you can literally feel the spirit of Africa. (B, L, D).
DAY 3. Herd the cattle in the savanna with the Maasai warriors. (B, L, D).
DAY 4. Herd the cattle in the savanna with the Maasai warriors. (B, L, D).
DAY 5. Head back to Nainokanoka village and stay overnight in Maasai warriors bush camp near the village. Last night celebrations with the Maasai warriors. Warriors will slaughter a goat and make the famous Maasai bush barbecue. A lot of Maasai singing and dancing. (B, L, D).
DAY 6. Before heading back to Arusha you go to Ngorongoro Crater which is 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. You can 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. Head back to Arusha to your hotel. (B, L, D).
DAY 7. Transfer back to Kilimanjaro airport. (B).
In a tent (single share)
2 nights in a 4-start lodge in Arusha (double share)
You have a private chef who prepares all the food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) You have tea, coffee, and bottled mineral water at all times
A private four-wheel vehicle. While walking you have two pack animals (donkeys)
All camping supplies provided (tent, mattress, sleeping bag and a pillow)
The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Tanzania
You can apply for the tourist visa when you arrive at the KIA airport or you can apply online. Visa costs ($50-100 USD)
A single supplement in lodges in Arusha costs $100 USD extra.
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