• Longido market, Tanzania

    Longido market, Tanzania

    © AGMarks

  • Tanzania Mar 12 Longido Maasai boma 2 AGM
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Spend time with the Maasai at Longido village

An authentic experience and an unforgettable opportunity to gain a proper insight into the Maasai way of life.

An authentic Maasai village experience

All too often a visit to a Maasai community can be more of an uncomfortable, touristy experience. What most travellers would really like is a chance to get a proper insight into the Maasai way of life without it being a hassle and without feeling like you weren't wanted around unless you were going to buy lots of necklaces and spears!

A visit to Longido is the kind of experience you'd hope for, and you can either do this as a day trip from Arusha or you can choose to stay for a night or two if you want more time. If you take an overnight trip, you don't stay IN the village, but just on the outskirts so that everyone gets their own space - you get a comfortable tent and good food of the kind you're used to, and the community don't have someone to host overnight (which would be very difficult for them).

  • An insight into everyday Maasai life
  • Spend the day or overnight, you choose
  • Meet your guide's family and community
  • Learn about Maasai culture
  • Partake in a bush walk in the village surrounds


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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

A genuine, rewarding experience

A trip to Longido really is a gentle and friendly way to get an insight into Maasai life, and spending time with Sambeke or one of his friends is frankly a pleasure.

Maasai children at Longido, Tanzania © AGMarks

What should you expect?

You have a senior Maasai from the village who becomes your guide, your interpreter and your way of meeting local people. Sambeke speaks good English, and is a friendly, informative man who is keen to introduce you to members of his family, tribe and wider community. You can visit a family's boma and see how they live and sit and chat for a while. If the market is on, this is a nice place to wander for a while.

Where to go

Longido is in Tanzania on the Kenyan border near Namanga. It’s a tiny village about a two-hour drive from Arusha

When to go

It doesn’t really matter when you come here, though camping in the intense heat can be quite difficult for some.

How to do it

This excursion needs to be booked through us in advance as part of your itinerary.  We’d recommend one night, unless you’re particularly keen on spending longer and finding out more detail about Maasai life. Obviously the longer you stay the more you can find out, but it’s not a cheap experience due to the logistics of the private campsite.