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.
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.
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.
Sambeke's friends often come up and introduce themselves and want to know a bit about you. Sambeke will give you an insight into various aspects of the Maasai culture. He can tell you about customs and teach you a bit of the Maa language. Trying some Maa on the Maasai will have them splitting their sides when you, inevitably, get it wrong! It's a great ice-breaker. You can also learn about some of the plants which are used by the Maasai as food and medicine. Ask about the treatment using a bees nest!
If you fancy heading out into the surrounding bush, Sambeke will take you out on a bush walk to spot giraffe, lesser kudu and gerenuk which are all quite common around here. Don't worry, predators are not common. The other walk you might like to take is up the slopes of Mount Longido. He will take you to a waterfall and to the place of 'orpul'. Orpul is a place of retreat for Maasai warriors where they join to feast on meat for days on end - drinking herb concoctions now and again to help digestion.
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.