The Masai Heartlands safari

“Highlights of Kenya and Tanzania on a 15-day overland adventure, including a 4x4 safari in the Serengeti, meeting Maasai warriors, exploring the Ngorongoro Crater and camping under the stars.”

Highlights

Nairobi | Lake Nakuru National Park | Lake Naivasha | Loita Hills Maasai village | Masai Mara | Great Rift Valley | Kisii | Lake Victoria | Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Conservation area | Mto Wa Mbu | Meserani

Description of The Masai Heartlands safari

The wonders of Kenya and Tanzania unfold on this incredible overland adventure, which goes deep into the heartland of the Maasai tribespeople and into the finest game parks in eastern Africa. Travel through the world-renowned Masai Mara, the vast Serengeti plains and on to the stunning lakes of the Great Rift Valley and the dramatic scenery of the Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll spot a wealth of wildlife along the way, and head off the beaten track to walk in the footsteps of the Maasai. Learn about the Great Rift Valley and the migration of the animals within it and embark on a mind-blowing safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open roof 4x4 for a chance to see a black rhino.

In between wildlife spotting, experience Kenya’s tribal life with Maasai warriors at an overnight village visit in the Loita Hills and shop for local wares at Musoma market on the edge of Lake Victoria. In the iconic Serengeti National Park enjoy two early morning and two late afternoon game drives in our overland vehicle. Most accommodation is camping (with two nights in a hotel and one in a cottage). As this is a participatory camping trip, you will be expected to set up and take down you own tent as well as assist with food preparation and cleaning. In the Serengeti, you’ll be camping here without fences between you and the animals, so your leader will brief you on safety measures. We use our purpose-built overland vehicles for the duration of this trip, and each truck has large sliding windows, great for game viewing. This is a small group adventure, fully supported by three local crew members: a group leader, driver and cook.

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What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: The Masai Heartlands safari

For every week that our passengers spend in Africa, we plant a tree in Kenya through the Woodlands 2000 Trust, a local NGO. The Woodlands 2000 Trust is a wonderful project that provides seeds and seedlings with planting materials as well as land-planning, tree survival and woodlot management services. It aims to increase reforestation and bio-diversify in semi-arid regions, and also to create sustainable and profitable tree products micro-industries that contribute to alleviating poverty.

We believe strongly in low impact tourism and so during this trip we use existing locally owned facilities and camp ground such as the one used in Kisi. By using locally owned and run facilities we are helping the local communities that we visit.

There is a local guide based permanently in the Loita which is his home base. He knows the area, its culture and way of life, the flora and fauna exceptionally well and you will have a great opportunity to interact with him and the local Masai. You will have an opportunity purchase their artefacts, bead necklaces, belts, shukas and even see how they are made.

You will have an opportunity to shop for local sculptures and textiles at a bustling Musoma market during this trip, there is an optional boat ride on Lake Victoria and a trip to the small island where sardine farming is the main industry. The time we spend here will again benefit the local community.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling day at Lake Victoria. The group was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Ngorongoro is very cold.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes it benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Awesome definitely I will advise my friends to do it.

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