Tribal life at Lake Eyasi:
From Lake Eyasi, you will visit the Hadzabe tribe who are hunter gatherers. The Hadzabe use an ancient dialet that is similar to the clicking tribe of South Africa. Some of the Hadzabes still live as nomads though more and more are settling down. The Hadzabe tribe members who still living in the forest, hunt small animals that are found around the area ranging from dik dik to baboons. The Datoga people are like the Maasai, and are just as interesting.
Masaai Village Visit of Ketumbeine 67 km from Arusha city:
Visit the wild African bush, home to several Maasai communities. Perhaps the most revered of the great African nomadic tribes, the Maasai originated in the Nile basin and migrated south through Ethiopia to Kenya and Tanzania in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They were then known as the fiercest of warriors. Now they struggle to retain their modest lifestyle. You will visit Mt Kitumbeine; on who’s higher slopes are hidden remote Maasai settlements. In the Maasai Footsteps region you will see the traditional temporary villages with mud built houses and thorn hedges; and young Maasai boys herding the cattle and goats as their forefathers have done for centuries. You will also pass through lands very rarely visited by tourists. You will have the chance to hear their stories, and be apart of everyday activities of their lives. You will see and film a range of huts though I can not guarantee that you will have the chance to film them building one. Below is our proposed itinerary and price
- Accommodation on safari is full board in non-permanent tented camps set up every evening in the heart of Hadzabe/Bushmen and Maasai land.
The camps offer camping tents, mattresses, pillows, chairs and tables.
Please select natural soaps in respect of natural environment.
- Activities of interest: Hadzabe every day life, Maasai dance and other entertainments are not included in the price. You can negotiate with you guide and pay cash for all extras at the villages.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha town for dinner and overnight. Note that: your accommodation on this day is not included in the price below, but we can arrange on request at extra costs.
Day 2: Lake Eyasi
In the early morning with your lunch boxes transferred from your hotel in Arusha to Lake Eyasi, east of Lake Manyara. After arrival at the Lake Eyasi, you will break for lunch, and then a guided walks to get familiar with the surroundings and learn more about the culture around here. You will have a very active day before returning to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Gathering Food and fruits with the Hadzabe Bushmen
In the morning after break fast, you will have an exciting day. Accompanied by a local guide you will be introduced to the Hadzabe Bushmen in the morning, and then you will take off for food gathering. You will see the places where they collect fruits and roots and find their water during dry season. Your guide is very experienced and will interpret what we will get to see, your guide will show you around where the Hadzabe live – they use caves as a home. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight
Day 4: Hadzabe every day life
After break fast, you will hike together with the Hadzabe. You will see how they make fire and which typed of trees is suitable for what purpose. The Hadzabe will show you where they collect honey and teach you how they cure diseases preparing medicines of nature’s gifts. You will be back to your camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Datoga Every Day Life
Right after breakfast you will return to the Datoga to learn more about their way of life. You will see them digging holes for water. They will show you how they keep their food. And if you are lucky there is a ceremonial party we can attend. The best season for wedding and circumcision ceremonies is from January to July. You will return to your camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Visit to the Blacksmith
Your last day will start quite early in the morning your guide will take you to the place where the Datoga blacksmith lives. He makes jewelry as well as weapons using a local method to melt iron. You will watch him making weapons – the Datoga use arrows, spears and knives. You will have a very interesting morning, be back to the camp for lunch and then get ready for your way back. You will drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight.
Meal plan B, L and D.
Day 7: Arusha – Longido to Kitumbeine
Today vehicle uplift will take you to Longido, and then drive approx 20kms further into the bush heading west towards Kitumbeine - Maasai villages and herdsmen on the West side of Longido, you will reach the village camp. Tonight will be spent in camp.
Meal plan B, L and D.
Day 8, 9 & 10: Kitumbeine – Stay with Maasai people
Spend this two days with Maasai people. The Maasai peoples are Nilotic – coming originally in vast migrations down from the Nile basin. The Maasai tended to a migratory life style and took over large swathes of land for grazing their cattle and goats.
In the Maasai Footsteps region you will see the traditional temporary villages with mud-built houses and thorn hedges; and young Maasai boys herding the cattle and goats as their forefathers have done for centuries.
Your visits will give you a real understanding of how hardy the Maasai are, who walk these distances regularly. Your guide will show you the mountain scenery and also traditional Maasai boma (village). The visit will takes you to the high Maasai lands and Endaleta Village located on the side of Kitumbeine. You will have as chance to visit a Maasai boma.
Meal plan B, L and D.
Day 11: Back to Arusha
After a leisurely breakfast, with your lunch box you will drive to Arusha for last minute gift shopping with your guide.
After this tour, you will have an adventurous time with the Hadzabe Datoga and the Maasai and you will return home with precious memories and photos.
Meal plan B and L.
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PRICE: per person sharing: – Minimum 2 pax
US$ $ 2098 per person – (Camping Accommodation)
The price includes:
- Local guides
- Village entry fees
- Transport/transfer to and from the Village
- Accommodation in small camping tent
- Full board accommodation
- Drinking water
The price does not include:
- International and local flight
- Activities e.g. Maasai dance, (these can be arranged for extra cost)
- Insurance (Medical and evacuation insurance are required)
- Soft drinks and beer.
- Gratuities to staff.
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation on the first night upon your arrival and night after safari
- And all not mentioned in the itinerary above