This is a quite unusual and extraordinary opportunity to accompany myself and Anniina Sandberg our local guide who has lived with the Maasai for 9 months , speaks the Maa language and supports health programs in the communities, into the heart of Maasai Country. We spend five nights with the indigenous Maasai and Hadzabe tribes, and have our own cook and comfortable tents that will be set up for us by our local guides. This is a once in a life time opportunity to enter into the world of this ancient culture in their natural environment. Whilst this is a cultural and spiritual journey, it will be a fantastic opportunity for photographers to capture some truly unique landscape and people photography, deep into the heart of Tanzania.
Join us on a life-changing eight days journey to participate and observe Maasai and Hadzabe ancient wisdom and follow their ancestors’ spiritual journey, reconnecting with nature and expanding consciousness for environmental healing. There are certain places in the world with undeniable energy, the power to stir our emotions, inspire reflection, or fill us with a sense of peace, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of these places. On this expedition, we visit the spiritual places of Maasai and Hadzabe people. Space is limited for this precious opportunity to learn from and interact with Maasai laibon, the traditional Maasai spiritual leader and medicine man inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We climb one of the sacred mountains of the Maasai where we observe the sacred ritual.
The Maasai have adopted a revitalized approach to preserve their culture in modern times. Their way of life is deeply rooted in traditions which have been practiced in the same way for hundreds of years. This stay is a great privilege to learn from the Maasai and from the earth they have a close relationship to. The aim of this ethnographic expedition is to address the need for balance and harmony between people and the environment and to share collective Maasai wisdom.
This amazing journey takes you back to the ancient wisdom and traditions of the Maasai where you will learn about ecological knowledge, plant medicine, ancestral knowledge and much more. You stay and sleep in a tent in the Maasai warriors bush camp and in a Maasai boma.
After staying with the Maasai we continue our journey with the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers. The hadzabe grow no food, raise no livestock, and live without rules or calendars. Their way of life has remained unchanged over the millennia and they live in small wandering groups of about twenty individuals. We join one of these family units in the deep bush. The Hadzabe are the heirs of the very first human beings, the kids of Olduvai Gorge and Koobi Fora who still have a symbiotic relationship with the environment, the purest example of an anarchic society with no rules, and no chief. We set up our bush camp near Hadzabes’ huts.
The Hadzabe live from nature and their spirituality is not a religion but rather an integral part of their culture. We have the privilege to visit Hadzabe’s sacred sites and learn more about their relationship to the natural world.
We facilitate this expedition with David Metcalf and Anniina Sandberg. David is a professional photographer and film producer based in Bali. He has traveled into indigenous communities on a regular basis for the past seven years and supports a number of cultural and environmental programs. He was the co-founder of the first international indigenous film festival in Bali in 2018. He has dedicated his life to helping preserve and support indigenous cultures.
Anniina is the founder of the Visit Natives. She has an MA in African studies from the University of Helsinki. Her expertise is intercultural communication, indigenous cultures, and ethnography. She has conducted research and lived among the Maasai for 9 months. She is also Swahili interpreter and speaks fluent Maa- language. Anniina works with the Maasai and the Hadzabe people in Tanzania.
Nearest airport: Kilimanjaro International airport (KIA), Tanzania
You sleep 5 nights in a single share tent which is set up inside the Maasai boma or in the savanna in Maasai bush camp. We provide all camping supplies. A toilet is very basic and outdoors. There is no shower, but you will have a bucket of hot water every day to take a bath in trekking style.
You sleep 2 nights in a comfortable 4-star safari lodge with hot shower and swimming pool.
We have a private Maasai chef who prepares all the food. The tasty African food is made of traditional and local ingredients. You have meat, vegetables, and fruits. The Maasai and the Hadzabe people don’t eat fish. If you have a special diet, let us know in advance. All the meals are served with bottled water, tea, and coffee.
all transportation (four-wheel drive), gate and camping fees in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Crater, and Lake Eyasi, 5 nights accommodation in a tent (single share, including camping supplies), 2 nights in a lodge (double share), food and drinks (breakfast, lunch, dinner, bottled water, coffee and tea), bottled water, Maasai staff and all the activities mentioned in the itinerary.
Flights, visa, travel insurance, drinks at lodges
The minimum group size is 6, and the maximum is 12.
We give back to the Maasai and Hadzabe people that we visit. We pay one-year health insurance for all the Maasai families that you visit during this stay and we contribute to a community project that provides free health care for the Hadzabe.
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You may cancel the trip without special reason as follows:
1. No later than 28 days prior to departure by paying the service fee $ 500 USD
2. Later than 14 days but no later than 48 hours prior to departure 50% of the price of the tour.
3. If the tour is canceled later than 48 hours prior to departure, Visit Natives has the right to charge the full price of the tour.
All cancellations and changes shall be noticed in writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
In case David Metcalf Photography need to cancel the tour/accommodation we will fully refund your payment. If that happens, we try also to make a new offer for a similar visit as soon as possible for your convenience.
Here you can go offline. We are happy to announce this a totally off-grid experience. In case of emergencies, there is a satellite phone. Here you can focus on being in the moment!
There is no electricity in the Maasai villages, but you can charge your electronics in the car. We send you an information letter including a packing list when you book.
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