1 Nov – 31 May*
(*) Excludes 20 Dec – 5 Jan
3 Days, 2 Nights
Start & End Points
Arusha to Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire
No age limit
At the discretion of parents
About This Asilia Adventure:
A three-day walking adventure in a remote, rural area of Maasailand to the east of Tarangire National Park. Walk with the Maasai – learning about their culture and traditions while spending time visiting their homes.
Located half a day’s drive south of Arusha, the Simanjiro wilderness area is the base for this adventure – a community conservation project aiming to protect wildlife on the eastern border of Tarangire National Park while providing income and training opportunities for the Maasai villages in this remote area. Visitors have the chance to walk across the rugged steppe landscape in the company of the Maasai and visit their traditional homes. These homesteads are visited by only one or two tourist groups per year, and offer a unique and truly authentic cultural experience – a far cry from the tourist cultural bomas found elsewhere in the region.
Tourism contributes valuable income to these rural communities through bed night fees and annual fees, employment, and training of village guides, and in return, the project protects 250km2 of the wider Tarangire ecosystem from agricultural encroachment, helping protect valuable wildlife migration corridors. Wildlife densities in the area are generally low, but you may come across greater and lesser kudu, impala, hartebeest, wildebeest, and zebra. The focus, therefore, is not on wildlife but learning more about the Maasai, getting out on foot to explore, and seeing a side of rural Maasai life that very few travelers get the chance to encounter.
What Is Included In This Adventure?
Private fly camp, guided walks with the Maasai and a fully qualified walking safari guide (armed with rifle for safety), all relevant concession and bed night fees, all meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3, house drinks (soft drinks, beers, house wine, local spirits), private 4×4 transfers starting at Arusha and ending at Oliver’s Camp within Tarangire National Park, Asilia conservation charge, and Medevac cover.
Snapshot of this Asilia Adventure
Depart Arusha and drive south on dirt roads with your guide in a 4×4 vehicle onto the Maasai steppe and into the Simanjiro community wilderness area. The journey takes around half a day, and you’ll pass through rural farmland becoming pastoralist rangelands the further south you drive.
You’ll stop for a picnic lunch in a shady spot on the Simanjrio plains, which, in February and March, is filled with calving wildebeest and zebra. This afternoon, you can visit a Maasai boma with your guide, getting your first insights into Maasai life and traditions. These visits are structured but not staged and happen only once or twice per year so are truly authentic. Arrive in the late afternoon at your fly camp, with time to relax and shower before sundowners and dinner served under the African stars.
Overnight: Simanjiro Fly Camp
After breakfast, there is the option for active types to hike up the Oldonyo Sambu Mountain, with a bit of rock scrambling to reach the summit and spectacular 360° views of the Simanjiro plains and wider Tarangire ecosystem as your reward. Alternatively, set off on a walk from camp with the local Maasai and your expert walking guide to get acquainted. You’ll get to learn about the Maasai culture and the medicinal uses of various plants while enjoying the freedom of walking in the savannah. In the evening, you’ll have a traditional olpul style roasted goat (“nyama choma”), with guests encouraged to join and help in the preparation. Depending on the mood, the Maasai often encourage dancing around the fire with guests after dinner.
Overnight: Simanjiro Fly Camp
Depart your fly camp and the Maasai communities this morning, traveling by 4×4 vehicle with your guide to the eastern entrance of Tarangire National Park. Once you enter the park, you’ll enjoy a game drive, particularly in the wildlife-rich Silale Swamp region.
Arrive at Oliver’s Camp in the heart of Tarangire in time for lunch.
Overnight: Overnight not included in costs tonight – the itinerary finishes here and would typically be extended with a couple of nights on safari from Oliver’s Camp.
Good To Know
Simple dome tents with camp beds, accommodating 2 guests per tent. All bedding and towels provided. With a shared toilet and solar shower tent.