This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Olpopongi Maasai cultural village tour, Tanzania
This trip is designed so that tourists and their hosts interact with each other without damaging the environment whilst directly supporting conservation and community development. Maasai communities have lived in harmony within the rich ecosystems of East Africa for centuries.
They are one of the few tribes available in Africa that still surround themselves with wild animals, such as lions. One of the greatest potential gifts the Maasai culture has to offer the world is its knowledge, tested and refined through centuries of how to share land in ways that promotes biodiversity.
We make use of reconstructed 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Land cruisers) or a mini bus that has been designed to conquer the ever demanding road conditions in East Africa.We will spend our night in traditional hostel which is environmentally-friendly and has been built with natural materials, all sourced locally. It has been built in a way so that the surrounding environment isn't affected, for example water is piped into the hostels and there are flush toilets.
Located in the West-Kilimanjaro Maasailand, tourists will stay in the hostels of Olpopongi. This purpose-built enclosure is a 'cultural village' and showcases Maasai life and culture. Here guests will experience what life is like at the intersection between Maasai culture and tourism.
Our activities with the Maasai people benefit their village communities directly through the fees we pay - supporting families, local guides and a number of local farmers and businesses along the way. By visiting this cultural village and the museum here, it protects surrounding Maasai communities that are not equipped to handle tourists.
This 'cultural village' is a social enterprise that aims to enrich and support the local Maasai community whilst also providing visitors with a unique experience. As a tour company, we have a good relationship with the Maasai and on this trip we only have tour guides who are from this lovely community. This employment brings income to them and to their families. In addition, our guides know the importance of protecting the environment and this is a big reason why our company employ them.
Tourists will get an opportunity to buy some traditional Maasai products (curios) and this boosts them financially. We also encourage tourists to donate their time and to learn about social issues in Maasai life, particularly the efforts working to empower Maasai women who are faced with various challenges. Maasai women are especially disadvantaged in their access to formal education and other opportunities to develop leadership in the world outside of Maasai land. Maasai people typically do not have access to clean water and women spend the majority of many of their days carrying water home from distant rivers and boreholes.