Maasai Culture & Wilderness

A real off-the-beaten track safari adventure including in insight into Maasai culture

Maasai Culture & Wilderness

8 days from £2,750 pp plus international flights.

Not 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 camp by the shores of Lake Natron. The alkaline waters of this salt and soda lake support huge numbers of lesser flamingos, most notably millions of them during in the breeding season (at its peak in November and December).  Here 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 five nights adventure camping, including two on the shores of Lake Natron and two in the Serengeti. A private safari vehicle and driver guide are at your exclusive disposal throughout – this is very much your trip.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Camp by remote Lake Natron – home to hundreds of thousands of flamingos
  • 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. Tonight, you’ll stay in a private camp just outside the village. Full board

DAY 3: TO LAKE NATRON, VIA MTO VA MBU

This morning you travel 3-hours to 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. Then it’s the 4-hour drive far off the beaten track to Lake Natron, where you have two nights in Halisi Lake Natron camp. Full board 

DAY 4: LAKE NATRON

A full day at Lake Natron begins with a morning walk. The distinctive red and pink hues of the lake and its vast populations of flamingos are hugely photogenic.  After lunch at the camp you’ll walk to the waterfalls in the foothills of Ol Doinyo Lengai. Full board

DAY 5: TO SERENGETI

Today you drive west to the Serengeti National Park, enjoying game viewing and a picnic lunch en-route on a remote 7-hour 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 picnic in the crater. After your afternoon game drive you head out of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for your night at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge in nearby Karatu. 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

2019 guide price from (pp sharing, based on 2 travellers, excl international flights): £2,750 low season of April, May & November 2019. £3085 high season of Jun – Oct 2019. Price notes:  Christmas supplements 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, activities at Natron, 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.

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