• Tanzania
  • 7 Days

Herd Cattle with the Maasai

  • Basecamp Retreat
  • Active Adventure
  • 7 days; 6 nights
  • 1 to 6 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Hai
More than a hundred years ago, the Maasai ruled over much of East Africa. For thousands of years prior, these warriors were feared and renowned for their bravery. Every Maasai warrior was supposed to kill a lion as a symbolic rite of passage. To this day, the Maasai have an incredibly intimate relationship with the land and animals that live there. They continue to herd their cattle, goats, and sheep in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. These warriors can stay in the savanna for many months, subsisting off of cattle meat, blood, and herbs, and sleeping under trees. On this remarkable journey, you will immerse yourself in the daily life of the Maasai. Join them as they care for their cattle and migrate in search of better pastures. You are entirely safe with the Maasai. You will walk with them and observe wild animals up close, protected by the skilled warriors' spears. Besides herding cattle and bushwalking, you will learn about the Maasai's medicine and traditions. You will learn about a way of life that is intimately tied to the natural world and live in harmony with one of the wildest landscapes in the world.read more

At a Glance

Creature comforts

no frills

Physical activity


Ground support

fully guided


  • Pastoral


  • For ages 18+
  • Proficient english


  • Trekking
  • Wildlife
  • Digital detox
  • Indigenous culture
  • Safari

Your Local Expert

Anniina Sandberg

Visit Natives works closely with Maasai from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This tour is planned and provided by Maasai warriors. Our mission is to make tourism more fair and sustainable for indigenous peoples like the Maasai. This is a real adventure and based on warriors real life. Besides living their culture close, you will encounter and see many wild animals and the most beautiful African nature in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Ngorongoro Crater. There are no better guides than the native Maasai warriors from Ngorongoro to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip!

The Journey

Day 1

We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International airport and transfer you to a four-star safari lodge. Together, we will dine in a local restaurant.

Day 2

Herding with the Maasai begins! We will start our journey early in the morning when we head to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will meet the Maasai warriors at Nainokanoka Maasai village. From now on, you will sleep in the wild African bush in a tent.

Day 3

You will herd the cattle in the savanna with the Maasai warriors.

Day 4

You will spend another day herding the cattle in the savanna with the Maasai warriors.

Day 5

You will head back to Nainokanoka village and stay overnight in the Maasai warriors' bush camp near the village where you will celebrate your last night with the Maasai warriors. The warriors will slaughter a goat and make their famous Maasai bush barbecue, accompanied by Maasai singing and dancing.

Day 6

Before heading back to Arusha you will go to the Ngorongoro Crater which is the world’s largest intact caldera from a long-extinct volcano. Ngorongoro is home to about 26,000 wild creatures that live within the safety of the caldera walls. You can observe elephants, black rhinoceroses, leopards, buffalo, zebras, warthogs, gnu (wildebeests), Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, and the densest population of lions in the world. At night, you will head back to Arusha to your hotel.read more

Day 7

We will transfer you back to the Kilimanjaro airport.


  • Lodging

    In a tent (single share)

  • Lodging

    2 nights in a 4-start lodge in Arusha (double share)

  • Meals

    You have a private chef who prepares all the food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) You have tea, coffee, and bottled mineral water at all times

  • Transportation

    A private four-wheel vehicle. While walking you have two pack animals (donkeys)

  • Equipment

    All camping supplies provided (tent, mattress, sleeping bag and a pillow)

Not Included

  • International flights

    The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Tanzania

  • Drinks at the lodge

  • Visa

    You can apply for the tourist visa when you arrive at the KIA airport or you can apply online. Visa costs ($50-100 USD)

  • Single suppliment

    A single supplement in lodges in Arusha costs $100 USD extra.

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$3999 per person
Strict cancellation - No refunds for cancellations within 30 days of departure .

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