Wilderness Basecamp

Tribal Tales - Deluxe

Arusha, Tanzania

Prices From: $2,668 per person

Tanzania is as well known for its conservation of nature as it is for its preservation of culture. On this Tribal Tales excursion, see the animals and the impressive views, but also immerse yourself in the lives of the people of Northern Tanzania. Welcomed into Chagga, Maasai, Hadzabe, and Datoga villages, you will be able to exchange customs, stories, and tales with these friendly people. These Tribal Tales itineraries are ideal for the traveler who is interested in everything that constitutes modern Tanzania-- not only its geography and ecosystem, but its people as well.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha Arrival

Meet at the airport/Arusha arrival point and transfer to your lodge for an exciting pre-safari briefing.

Overnight: Karama Lodge (Dinner included)

Day 2 - Arusha - Marangu

After breakfast, we begin our day with a morning walk & town tour of Arusha – visiting key sites of interest as well as colorful craft markets before departing due east to Marangu, in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro. This area is home to the Chagga people and traditional people of the Kilimanjaro region. We stop enroute for a delicious meal at Tengeru – ugali, chapati and other Tanzanian favorites. We arrive to Marangu mid-afternoon and take a walk to the rushing waterfalls that are fed by the snows of Kilimanjaro. We arrive back to the lodge for Chagga tales of yesteryear.

Overnight: Capricorn Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 3 - Marangu - Arusha

After breakfast, we wander off to explore traditional Chagga housing and blacksmith workshop. The blacksmiths toil away exactly as they have for centuries. We then take a hike to some caves on the other side of the village and we enter into the depths to explore the cavern before returning for lunch at Capricorn, followed by a return transfer to Arusha.

Overnight: The Arusha Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 4 - Arusha - Esilalei

We embark into the Maasai Heartlands to a village called Esilalei (Toothbrush Tree) located in the wildlife corridor in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. We enjoy a packed lunch just as we enter the village and are met by the village elders and morani (warriors) singing and dancing to welcome us. Your visit supports the building of their school here. Camp overnight, and although you’ll sleep to calls of hyenas and the African night, there will be Maasai sitting up round the fire and guarding the camp.

Overnight: Maasai Boma Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 5 - Esilalei - Lake Eyasi

Cultural insights around the village. Here with Maasai as guides you can visit traditional huts, take part in activities like herding goats, milking cows, jewellery beadwork, spot animals & birds on a walking safari in the bush, find out about the medicinal uses of the savanna plants and learn from an elder the history and culture of these fascinating people.

We move further into the true tribal areas of Tanzania and head towards Lake Eyasi. Upon arrival we are able to interact with the Hadzabe and Datoga tribes and exchange cultural norms and customs. We arrive at our camp for a late lunch and then follow with an afternoon of exploring the lake shore and nearby wilderness area

Overnight: Kisima Ngeda Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 6 - Lake Eyasi

A very early morning of traditional hunting ensures we are learning ancient customs firsthand. We are able to interact with the Hadzabe people and join in the thrill of the hunting of small mammals and preparation to cook. We return to the camp for resting, lunch and then embark on an afternoon wilderness walk.

Overnight: Kisima Ngeda Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 7 - Lake Eyasi - Arusha

We enjoy a more leisurely morning before transferring back to Arusha via the traditional craft stalls along the way – many tribal artworks can be represented in one stall. We pass through E Unoto Maasai Retreat for one last exposure to the Maasai people before arriving in Arusha late afternoon.

Overnight: The Arusha Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Arusha Departure

Today you will transfer to your Arusha departure point.

(Breakfast included)

Accommodation Information

Karama Lodge

Karama Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge located in Arusha, Tanzania and is the perfect home base for a Tanzania Safari or a restful night's sleep before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The lodge itself consists of twenty-two unique en-suite cabins on stilts to ensure privacy and spectacular views of the landscape below and beyond. All cabins have a verandah with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.

Situated at the top of the lush and serene Suye Hill, Karama Lodge is a unique lodge with a rustic, yet comfortable, ambience providing a personalized service in a relaxing atmosphere. It is a peaceful secluded respite where you can enjoy the beauty around you to the sounds of the surrounding forest.

Capricorn Hotel

Located in the midst of a farming village on the higher slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Capricorn Hotel offers the visitor a first hand experience of African hospitality and way of life. An aesthetic blend of fine African architecture, using local materials, lavishly provides the convenience of a modern self contained resort. It is the largest hotel in the area and can accomodate more than 100 guests.

The Arusha Hotel

The Arusha Hotel is the tastefully refurbished hotel which was John Wayne’s watering hole while filming ‘Hatari’ in Arusha National Park. It is located right in the heart of Arusha with good access to craft markets and is now one of Arusha’s premier hotels. It has large rooms, superb food, extensive gardens, swimming pool and 24 hour casino.

Maasai Boma Camp

For the duration of the stay out at Esilalei ‘Maasai’ village, we will be welcomed into one of the bomas. This is a night of camping near the shores of Lake Manyara and sitting by the fire with Maasai warriors, exchanging stories and cultures. There is a temporary drop toilet but there are no showering facilities. Esilalei Nursery School is one of the schools that our partners have built in 2007 and continue to maintain and so we consider it our second home and are treated as such. The experience is excellent as is when conversation with the villagers takes over.

Kisima Ngeda Camp

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is situated on the shores of Lake Eyasi, with sweeping views toward the Rift. Across this seasonal soda lake, the Alipi escarpment wall rises 2,000 feet up into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area providing a stunning backdrop. The camp is beautifully set in a Llala palm and acacia forest and is part of 200-acre family-owned farm with a natural spring nearby which feeds into the lake. It is also home to the Wahadzabe, an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes.

Sitting in a small forest of Acacias on the edge of the spring, the camp is designed to blend in with the natural environment. Constructed almost entirely with palms and trees from the family's property, each of Kisima Ngeda's seven tents are built on a permanent wooden platform with a palm-thatched roof. The tents are carefully created to be low-impact, spacious and totally comfortable, each with a stunning view of the lake.


Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern



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General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodations as indicated in mid-range lodges and tented camps
  • All camping equipment, mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags with cotton liners for the overnight in Esilalei
  • All meals for duration of safari (please advise if you have any dietary needs)
  • All transport as mentioned between destinations during trip
  • All transport in 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Private English-speaking professioally trained guide/driver
  • The walks within the tribal areas are carried out by our own guides in conjunction with the local, tribal guide – this allows easy translation and interpretation.
  • Two (2) 1.0liter bottles of drinking water per person per day in the game driving vehicle
  • A portion of all trips will benefit local community projects
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International/Domestic flights
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
  • Travel Insurance (recommended)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Taxes & Fees
  • Expenditure on alcoholic drinks, laundry, personal items at camps/lodges
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary