The ultimate Masai village experience
Culture, traditions and way of life
Tanzania is a melting pot of about 125 peacefully cohabiting ethnic groups. The tribe you probably heard most about is the Masai tribe. The Masai have a rich cultural tradition and craft.
This fascinating two-day tour brings you closer to the Masai culture. Spend a day in the heart of Masai Land in West Kilimanjaro and stay at the 100% traditionally built Olpopongi Boma (Village). Olpopongi is a cultural center run by the Masai himself.
In Olpopongi you will learn about Masai art and dance, spiritual customs, medical and herbal healing practices, handicrafts and of course the hearty and tasty Swahili cuisine. You will be guided through the village with its tiny museum and you will experience a herb walk through the bush, led by a Masai herb specialist. Spend the evening by the campfire under a sea of stars before sleeping in a traditional Maasai hut.
- Village charges
- Overnight in a traditional Masai hut
- English speaking driver, local English speaking Masai guides and chef
- 1x traditional lunch, 1x BBQ, 1x breakfast
- 1.5l bottle of water per day
- personal items
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
1st day: Moshi to Olpopongi Masai village
We will pick you up from your accommodation early in the morning and drive to Olpopongi, west of Kilimanjaro. Relax on the two-hour drive through the beautiful hinterland where, depending on the season, you will see a range of wildlife such as zebras and elephants. And on clear days you will not only be able to admire Kilimanjaro, but also his little brother Mount Meru.
Olpopongi is a cultural center for the heritage of the Masai, which does its part to protect and narrate the natural lifestyle and traditions of the Masai. The work and hospitality not only support the Masai who live in the nearby village of Tinga Tinga, but also provide a sustainable and educational alternative to the usual tourist village visits that invade the Masai’s privacy. Olpopongi is led by the Masai as an authentic village experience. The only non-authentic details are the western showers and toilets! And you will be grateful for that.
You will reach Olpopongi just before lunch and are greeted with a traditional welcome song and dance and refreshing mango juice. A Masai guide will guide you through the village and you will check in at your cabin where you will spend the night later. After settling in, visit the small museum where the Masai will tell you all about the tribe’s history, social structures and tools – leaving plenty of time for questions and personal exchange.
After a traditional Swahili lunch and a bit of relaxation, visit a midwife and herbalist in one of the traditional huts where you will learn about the botanical remedies and strong spiritual ties of the Masai and their land.
After the coffee break (or tea – we have not forgotten the tea lovers in this land of coffee!) And maybe a little souvenir shopping of beautifully crafted beaded Masai women’s handiwork, you will undertake a herbal walk in the bush to learn more about to experience the local flora and their use.
The first day is rounded off with a campfire and barbeque under the stars before you ring in the night at your Masai hut.
Day 2: Olpopongi Masai village to Moshi
It’s best to get up early and enjoy the pink-apricot-colored sunrise over the savannah. The clear and cool air and the birdsong have a revitalizing effect, but of course you can sleep a bit longer. Whatever you choose, you will start the day with a delicious breakfast outside and then have plenty of time to ask your unanswered questions. After the last photos of the village and its inhabitants, say goodbye to this unique cultural center and we drive you back to Moshi.