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. This area is 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.
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 farther south you drive.
You’ll stop for a picnic lunch in a shady spot on the Simanjrio plains which are filled with calving wildebeest and zebra in February and March. 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.
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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.
Simple dome tents with camp beds, accommodating 2 guests per tent. All bedding and towels provided. With a shared toilet and solar shower tent.