Maasai Culture & Wilderness
A real off-the-beaten track safari adventure including an insight into Maasai Culture.
Maasai Culture & Wilderness
8 days from £3,330 pp plus international flights.
Not for the faint-hearted or safari first-timers, this serious wilderness adventure travels far off the beaten track to remote, rarely-visited Lake Natron and the foothills of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. Spend time with the Maasai, getting an insight into their culture, and enjoy game viewing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
This is a really unusual Tanzanian experience; you definitely need a sense of adventure! Journey into the Great Rift Valley through crater-filled landscapes and virtually unpopulated wilderness to a camp where you can trek to the waterfalls in the foothills of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the sacred active volcano known to the Maasai as the ‘Mountain of God’.
Capture wildlife photos to your heart’s content with game drives in the spectacular, immensely game-rich Serengeti, home to the Big Five and the annual wildebeest migration, and enjoy a real safari camping experience. Spot more game in the iconic Ngorongoro Crater.
Visit Maasai homes and learn about Maasai customs, and camp near a Maasai village. Enjoy lunch in a private house in Mto Wa Mbu, the ‘gateway to Lake Manyara’, visit local farms and a coffee plantation.
You begin and end your holiday with nights in comfortable lodges and experience four nights adventure camping, including two on in the shadow of the Ol Doinyo volcano and two in the Serengeti, plus there’s a comfortable lodge sandwiched in the middle. A private safari vehicle and driver guide are at your exclusive disposal throughout – this is very much your trip.
- A wilderness adventure with your own private driver guide
- Interact with the Maasai, spend time in a Maasai village and visit local homes
- Spectacular game viewing in the Serengeti
- Explore the vast Ngorongoro Crater
- Visit waterfalls by an active volcano
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DAY 1: ARRIVE. TO ARUSHA
The adventure begins when your driver guide greets you at Kilimanjaro airport, and drives you to Ilburo Safari Lodge, just 2km from Arusha. Relax, explore the lush, 5-acre gardens or take a dip in the pool. You’ll spend the night in a circular thatched bungalow decorated with Maasai textiles. Dinner
DAY 2: TO LONGIDO. MEET THE MAASAI
After the 1.5-hour drive to Longido you’ll meet your Maasai guide. You’ll visit a Maasai boma (village), be welcomed into the mud houses and meet the women who make traditional beaded jewellery. Immerse yourself in the Maasai culture as you wander around the village with your guide. Tonight, you’ll stay in a private camp just outside the village. Full board
DAY 3: EXPLORE LONGIDO
Continuing your Maasai experience, walk to the communal water collection point, a busy spot for community and animals, water is the basis of life here. Return to camp for lunch and in the afternoon walk on the slopes of Mount Longido to the waterfalls and Olpul. Olpul is a retreat where the Morani (young Maasai warriors) go. On the way back to camp you'll see young Maasai boys herding the goats and cattle back to the safety of the boma for the night. The adventurous may opt for a strenuous full day trek of Mount Longido (6-9 hours). Full board
DAY 4: TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Bid your Maasai guide farewell and you'll be driven across the Rift Valley to the town of Mto Wa Mbu, near Lake Manyara. A local guide will lead a walk around the area and you'll lunch in a Moma's home. Appetites sated, you'll continue the drive into the Ngorongoro Highlands to a lodge situated close to the Ngorongoro entry gate. Enjoy the grounds and a dip in the pool after your drive. Full board
DAY 5: TO SERENGETI
Today you drive west to the Serengeti National Park, passing the Ngorongoro Crater before descending to the famous Serengeti plains, enjoying game viewing and a picnic lunch en-route, a journey that will definitely appeal to adventurous natures. Your home for the next two nights is Serengeti Kati Kati, a mobile tented camp in the heart of the park; a prime location for game viewing. Full board
DAY 6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
A full day’s game viewing in Serengeti will give you ample opportunity to spot the Big 5 and the mass of other wildlife that live here. You’ll have a picnic lunch while out on safari, before returning to camp for dinner. Full board
DAY 7: TO NGORONGORO
Today your driver guide takes you the roughly 2.5-hours from Serengeti to the 600m deep, 20km-wide Ngorongoro Crater. Watch out for the Big 5 and perhaps a black rhino, and enjoy a picnic in the crater. After your afternoon game drive you head out of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for your night at Ngorongoro Farm House. Full board
DAY 8: KIMEMO COFFEE PLANTATION. SARAFI ENDS
An early start after breakfast sees you head back towards Arusha (2 hours), stopping for lunch and a tour and coffee tasting at Kimemo coffee plantation. Then it’s time to say goodbye to your driver guide as you are taken to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home. If you’ve decided to combine this trip with a beach holiday, you’ll be taken to Arusha airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. Breakfast, lunch
2020 guide price pp based on 2 sharing exc. flights:
01 Apr – 31 May 2020 from £3365
01 Nov – 15 Dec 2020 from £3330
01 Jan – 31 Mar & 01 Jun – 31 October 2020 from £3440
Price notes: Christmas supplements apply on Dec 23, 24, 25 and 31.
Includes: Transfers, meals and accommodation as shown. On safari, private transport in a 4×4 vehicle with roof hatches, VHF radio and GSM contact with the base in Arusha, the services of an English-speaking driver/guide, park entry, gate and crater fees on safari, activities at Longido, visit of Mto Wa Mbu plus lunch in a Moma’s home, Kimemo tour plus lunch, one bottle of mineral water (1.5L) per person per day on safari.
Excludes: Tips, drinks, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport taxes, visas and international airline tickets, flight to Zanzibar.
Your private Longido campsite: Cook, dome tents with veranda, with frame beds & 3” foam mattresses, wash stands, dining tent with backed chairs and dining tables, toilet tent, shower tent, 0.5l of mineral water per person at dinner, camping fee. The camp is lit by hurricane lamps.
Watch out for the harsh environment of Natron This trip is not possible at all in April and May due to the rains as there’s too much travelling in difficult terrain. Late March and early June can also be a bit difficult. The short rains in November can also make travelling a bit tricky, but it’s harder to gauge when these rains might come. January and February tend to be particularly hot, dry and windy, so you need to be able to cope with such conditions. If you’re keen on seeing the flamingoes, peak season tends to be around October to November, though they are around usually between about September and April.
Start planning your tailor-made holiday to Tanzania.
Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.
Call: 01473 599084