Over years we built up a very close relationship with the Maasai community of Esilalei allowing the intrepid traveller to be enveloped in Maasai culture and lifestyles. Through our wide range of activities offered one can gain some exclusive insights into Maasai traditions and culture along with experiencing time out of a safari vehicle with varying nature walks and hikes taking in The Great Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro Crater Highland as you go.
Furthermore as the activities are real life experiences (not staged) we fit into the Maasai way of life and have to consider certain logistics and timings involved. On the whole all activities and walks are accompanied by an English speaking Maasai guide or a Maasai warrior introducing you to his village.
Maasai Medicine Walk (any time of day)
Learn about the different root and plant extracts still being used by the Maasai on a daily basis. Visit an Orpul area where young warriors learn an age old tradition from the elders and the medicine man of the village and gain a deeper understanding of the real Maasai culture. Approximately 1-2 hours but can be customized to suite fitness or ability of the group. The medicine walk can be easily blended into a nature or sundowner walk for those who would like an extended hike and time in the bush.
Maasai Boma visit (best from 07.00 or late afternoon 16.30 onward)
Visit a Maasai boma and take a look behind the scenes and experience the daily living of the Maasai. Learn about social/family structure, marriage, roles and responsibilities. Meet with the Maasai women and their children. Approximately 1 hour.
Traditional song and dance
Experience the song and dance of the Maasai and learn about the traditional meaning behind the varying songs. Everybody welcome to join in!!!
Traditional goat sacrifice Witness
A traditional goat sacrifice in the Korongo area of Esilalei. This gives another understanding as to a warriors role in the community and the skills that they have inherited as master butchers. The goat can be prepared in many ways thereafter with a traditional goat BBQ Maasai style cooked and served by the warriors in our bush lunch setting or prepared by our chefs as a sample of stews/soups and also BBQ which is later served as an addition to the evening menu.
Sundowner walk with bush refreshments (17.20 walk begins can be combined with a Medicine walk with a start time of around 16.00)
Your Maasai guide will take you up to the viewpoint overlooking Lake Manyara. Approximately 30 - 45 minutes depending on fitness level and stops (good footwear required – not open shoes). Bush sundowner refreshment of client’s choice on the top while overlooking the sunset to The Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara.
Moon hill walk (seasonal)
Take a walk on the wild side with one of our Maasai guides as you head up to our biggest peak in the Losimingori mountains following cattle tracks through the beautiful bush. Views open up to the whole of the Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Crater highlands – snacks are served at the peak then descend via a different route. Duration 4-5 hrs hike (good footwear required – not open shoes)
Nature walks (can be combined with a Medicine walk)
Enjoy easy paced walks through plains or lower peaks with one of our Maasai guides take in the bush surroundings via varying routes – walks range from 1- 3hrs (good footwear required – not open shoes)