Original Maasai Lodge Tanzania

Spend a couple of unforgettable days in the heartbeat of Africa at the Original Maasai Lodge in Tanzania, and experience the Maasai life and culture on the Maasai’s own terms. Eat the food, sing the songs, and dance the dances of the Maasai people. Listen to their stories and practice your spear-throwing skills. Spend a full day herding cattle or preparing food together with members of the tribe. Experience all of this in the surroundings of the beautiful African savanna with all the comforts you could possibly want including a bush breakfast, sauna, and massage facilities, and of course lounging by the infinity pool with stunning views of the breathtaking landscapes – all while contributing to their goals towards sustainable development.

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HIGLIGHTS

Participate in traditional Maasai dances and spear-throwing

Engage in Maasai culture with storytelling and food preparation

Join the tribe for day of herding cattle across the savanna

Enjoy luxurious amenities including bush breakfast and sauna

Embrace spectacular views of unreal surrounding landscapes

Support community growth with eco-friendly travel practices

Authentic Maasai Experience

Live alongside the Maasai people on this cultural and philanthropic journey in the middle of the savanna landscapes. During your stay in the Maasai lodge you’ll get to discover the heart of the Maasai culture and traditions – hosted and run entirely by Maasais themselves. You will be invited right into their world with an incredible welcoming dance at your arrival, and the journey will continue with cultural experiences like this throughout. Be prepared for nature walks, songs, storytelling, sharpening of your spear-throwing skills, assist in herding cattle in the savanna and join in food preparation with tribe members. This unique experience is topped with comfortable luxuries of the lodge like bush breakfast, sauna, massage facilities and an infinity pool set against incredible landscapes.

 

Cultural Immersion with an Impact

Every moment spent is a celebration of culture, every meal shared build community bonds, every dance performed is a testament to an ever-vibrant heritage. Your stay at The Original Maasai Lodge in Tanzania is more than a mere vacation; it is an impactful journey with positive ripples throughout the Maasai community, helping towards their goal of sustainable development. This collaboration goes very much in line with our visions of responsible tourism and, ensuring your visit makes a meaningful difference that enriches both visitors and locals.

 

Combine Your Cultural Experience With a Safari Adventure or a Beach Holiday

Africa has so much to offer, so why not combine your stay in the Maasai lodge with a safari adventure? If you want to extend your African saga with some more perspective of the incredible continent, you have the opportunity tailor your adventure completely with a relaxed stay by the crystal-clear waters at Zanzibar’s idyllic shores, or a thrilling Safari experience of choice – the possibilities are countless! We’re dedicated to make your dream vacation come true, and be nothing short of perfect!

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Day 1

PICKUP | ORIGINAL MAASAI LODGE

Our driver will pick you up at your designated location. It’s a 1,5-2 hours journey through untouched wild Maasai area to the Original Maasai Lodge.

Built and run by the Maasai, the Original Maasai Lodge offers nature, culture and relaxation with views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Get to know the Maasai through campfire stories, spear throwing and traditional dances. The pool, massage rooms, sauna and rest areas are just right for relaxation. With a total of 16 bungalows we guarantee exclusivity, individuality and authenticity. Upon arrival at the lodge you will check in and arrange the next days activities together with the lodge manager. Thereafter your time is completely reserved for you to relax and acclimatize. Enjoy the swimming pool, sauna, massage (extra charge) and our mirror cave to relax.

 

Overnight at Original Maasai Lodge (Full Board)

Day 2

GUIDED NATURE WALK | ORIGINAL MAASAI LODGE

After breakfast, you will discover the plants of Maasai medicine with a naturopathic guide. On this walk through the Maasailand you will have the opportunity to learn everything about the Maasai culture and healing traditions from your guide, gaining a deep insight into the everyday life of the people. On your way, you might come across some cattle led by young Maasai children and even be able to see some zebras or antelopes.

Return back to the lodge in the afternoon for lunch and relaxation.

 

Maasai interaction

Shortly before sunset, the Maasai will introduce you to their skills at spear-throwing. While trying to shoot a target with your own spear, your senses will be taken into old adventures and fantasies of killing a lion. Afterward, you get the chance to watch the traditional dances while the sun sets behind Mount Meru. At the campfire, you will learn everything about the Maasai culture and are invited to ask many questions, before you head to dinner.

 

Overnight at Original Maasai Lodge (Full Board)

Day 3

LIVE LIKE A MAASAI FOR ONE DAY | ORIGINAL MAASAI LODGE

Today you will have the opportunity to try on the traditional Maasai clothes yourself.
We supply you with a used tire, cassava, corn, sweet potato, milk powder, tea, and enough water.

In the Maasailand you will soon find a herd and a Maasai child will help you to get them to their destination with whistling sounds. Go goat and cow milking in one of the Maasai settlements and have a look at their houses (bomas).

After a late brunch men will collect healing plants, slaughter a goat and prepare the goat on the fireplace. Women will look for firewood and repair their Maasai houses. Feel free to support them wherever you want to experience the challenges of the life of a Maasai. At the next stop, you will learn how to make shoes from old tires, typical Maasai shoes that they wear for about 5-8 years.

Finish the evening with a special goat fire celebration and dances.

During the whole day, you will be accompanied by one of our Maasai guides who will explain to you the deeper meaning of Maasai life.

An experience you will never forget!

 

Overnight at Original Maasai Lodge (Full Board)

Day 4

BUSH BREAKFAST | DEPARTURE

Your wake-up call today will be a bit earlier than usual in order to start the day together with the animals living in the Maasai savannah. Our open land rover will bring you to the midst of awakening nature, where you will enjoy your bush breakfast. Whilst you are having your morning coffee, you will have time to feel the African sun slowly increasing in strength and color. Spot antelopes, giraffes, and their zebra fellows, or hear them grazing around you. You will return back to the lodge in the mid-morning around 1100hrs to prepare for your departure for your next destination or airport.

Engage in Authentic Maasai Culture

This travel plan ensure you will experience true Maasai culture first-hand, and won’t miss out on any details! Be a part of their day-to-day lives and participate in their routines that a 30-minute tour won’t allow you to. During your stay in the Maasai lodge in Tanzania you’ll get to experience:

  • Participate in traditional Maasai activities like cattle herding, spear-throwing and culinary preparation.
  • Enjoy luxurious and comfortable amenities such as bush breakfasts, sauna, massage facilities, and pool relaxation in the middle of incredible landscapes.
  • Contribute to a sustainable impact as your stay supports the Africa Amini Alama project, promoting Maasai culture and sustainable community development.

 

A Journey of Cultural Significance and Comfort

Maasai people are known for their generous hospitality and welcoming nature, making the time you spend with them an opportunity to experience this generosity first-hand. Living among them gives you a chance to appreciate their nature while discovering its treasures. The lodge itself, run entirely by Maasai staff, provides a comfortable base from which you’ll explore the surrounding savanna and engage with Maasai customs, beliefs, and way of life. You’re offered comfortable accommodation with breathtaking views, featuring Maasai details such as beadwork details and checked Massai blankets. Luxury and tradition is blended perfectly in a setting that respects both the environment and the heritage it celebrates, ensuring your stay in the Maasai lodge is not only enjoyable but deeply meaningful.

Tanzania activities

 

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Lake Chala Hike and Canoe Day Trip From $129 USD Try some canoeing or just soak up the panoramic view of the tropical forest by the lake. Read more
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Support the Africa Amini Alama Organization

All the profits made from choosing this trip goes to Africa Amini Alama Organization – an organization that stands for trust, collaboration, and heartfelt passion in supporting the Maasai and Meru communities in Tanzania. Since it was founded in 2009 its focus has been on healthcare, education, social support, and ecological sustainability. The organization operates medical centers, educational institutions, and provides social aid, with all projects aimed at fostering development and empowering local communities.

 

 

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What is a Maasai lodge?

A Maasai lodge is a type of accommodation run by the Maasai people, an indigenous tribe in Tanzania. These lodges offer visitors a chance to experience the Maasai culture and way of life.

What activities can I do at a Maasai lodge?

Activities at a Maasai lodge can vary but typically include guided tours of the local area, visits to Maasai villages, cultural demonstrations such as traditional dance performances and beadwork, and wildlife safaris.

What should I bring when visiting a Maasai lodge?

You should bring comfortable, casual clothing suitable for warm weather. You may also want to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. It’s a good idea to bring cash to purchase souvenirs or make any additional payments for activities.

Is it safe to stay at a Maasai lodge?

Yes, it is safe to stay at a Maasai lodge.

What should I expect regarding accommodations and facilities at a Maasai lodge?

The original Maasai lodge guarantees comfortable beds, mosquito nets, and private or shared bathroom facilities. This lodge has a pool and sauna, and the lodge is located in a stunning savanna landscape.

Can I purchase souvenirs at a Maasai lodge?

Yes, the lodge offers visitors the opportunity to purchase souvenirs such as beadwork, jewelry, and traditional clothing. Local artisans often make these items, which can be a great way to support the local community.

Is there a dress code when visiting a Maasai lodge?

There is no specific dress code, but visitors should dress modestly out of respect for the local culture. This means avoiding revealing clothing and dressing in a way that is appropriate for the warm climate.

What is the tipping etiquette for safari guides and mountain crews on trips like this?

Tipping is highly appreciated at the end of safari/mountain climb. The size of tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. You should prepare an envelope after your trek for your tip money at the Hotel. You can use US dollars, Euros, TZ Shillings or a combination of these. Please ask the Safari/Climbing coordinator at the Hotel for advice.

RECOMMENDED TIP:

Mountain Climbs: $25-50 USD per Day per Climber to be shared between guides, chefs and porters.

Safaris: Driver/Guide: $35-50 USD per Day per Car. If it is a camping safari there will be a tip for the cook $10 USD per Day.

THESE ARE JUST GUIDELINES AND TIPS CAN BE GIVEN TO SAFARI STAFF/MOUNTAIN CREW ACCORDING TO SERVICES PROVIDED.

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A pool and a sauna in the Maasai village

Accommodation

Original Maasai Lodge

This Maasai village offers 16 traditional huts, combining the charm of mud and grass construction with comfortable amenities, including solar power, ensuite bathrooms and hot showers. The restaurant serves a variety of both international dishes and traditional Swahili cuisine, and the relaxation area offers an infinity pool and a sauna.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro from a private terrace surrounded by the beautiful Maasai steppe.

Included in the price:

  • Full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Transport pick up and drop off     
  • Pool and Sauna facilities
  • Guided nature walk
  • Maasai cultural events and interactions described in the travel plan
  • Bush breakfast

Price does not cover:

  • Domestic or International flights     
  • Entry visa to Tanzania
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Gratuities to your guide, hotel staff, and porters – Find guidelines in the FAQ
  • Meals, drinks, and excursions/activities not described in the itinerary
  • Spa facilities for example massage and treatments
  • Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone, and postage

Rest assured, we’re here to assist with anything not covered in the price.
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