Wilderness Basecamp

Tribal Tales Tanzania - Classic

Arusha, Tanzania

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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: Ahadi 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: Ahadi Lodge (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: Tindiga Tented 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: Tindiga Tented 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 Mto wa Mbu before arriving in Arusha late afternoon.

Overnight: Ahadi Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)

Day 8 - Arusha Departure

Today you will transfer to your Arusha departure point.

(Breakfast included)

Accommodation Information

Ahadi Lodge

Arusha is the Gateway to the Northern National Parks of Tanzania such as Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongro Crater and the famous Serengeti. The lodge is situated in the village of Movarian, Arusha, a few hundred metres from the Moshi / Nairobi Road which is approximately 3 km from Arusha CBD.

Ahadi Lodge comprises 5 rondavel style cottages each containing 2 rooms plus an additional 2 rooms. There are 5 double rooms, 5 twin rooms and 2 rooms which have 1 queen bed and 1 single bed each. The Lodge is set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens. There is a swimming pool for your pleasure - enjoy a refreshing swim at the end of your long journey, or after a day of sightseeing. Relax by the pool and sip an ice cold drink from the bar under the African Sun.

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.

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.

Tindiga Tented Camp

The Tindiga Tented Camp, is a beautiful small traditional camp close to Lake Eyasi.

Overlooking the shrubland of the Eyasi Ecosystem you are given the ultimate “African experience” and can see the distant hills of Ngorongoro, where to the north is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area surrounding volcanic hills.

The camp has 10 classical cream coloured canvas tents which are very spacious with showers and flush toilets ensuite. The camp blends in beautifully with the natural environment with an eco-friendly approach; protecting and preserving Tanzania's natural resources.


Region: Africa - Eastern and Southern



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General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodations as indicated in budget 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 professionally 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
  • Expenditure on alcoholic drinks, laundry, personal items at camps/lodges
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary