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Arusha 1 Day Cultural Tour Oldonyo Sambu Arusha Region is a full-day tour from Arusha to a local Centre called Oldonyo Sambu village located 35 km north of Arusha off the Nairobi/ Arusha highway.
Our cultural tour enables guests to interact with the local people who are the Masai exploring their rich cultural heritage. While visiting the Masai village you will have an ideal opportunity to take part in a Maasai dance and buy traditional Maasai jewelry, art, and crafts to take home as souvenirs.
Other activities include the option to ride donkeys, horses, and camels, visiting Oldonyo Sambu market, short hikes up the nearby hills to get a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru, Mount Longido, and Mount Kitumbeine.
Time permitting guests go to the fields to watch livestock in the lush pastures, visit a holy fig tree and also learn about beekeeping. Optional visits to a Masai traditional healer, watering dam and a traditional meat camp are also available.
End the journey with a meal prepared by the Maasai women. Later return to Arusha.
Cultural insights of the Masai Tribe during the Tour Includes:
Learn about the History of the Masai Tribe: It is thought that the Maasai’s ancestors originated in North Africa, migrating south along the Nile Valley and settled over almost all of the land in the Rift Valley as well the adjacent land from Mount Marsabit to Dodoma.
Learn about Maasai Historical Changes: After settling in grazing lands more than two-thirds of the Maasai’s land in Tanzania was taken away by the British and the Tanzania government to create both ranches for settlers and Tanzania’s wildlife reserves and national parks.
Learn about Maasai Culture: To be a Maasai is to be born into one of the world’s last great warrior cultures. From boyhood to adulthood, young Maasai boys begin to learn the responsibilities of being a man (herder) and a warrior.
The role of a warrior is to protect their animals from human and animal predators, to build kraals (Maasai homes), and to provide security to their families.
Learn about Maasai Homes: Since the Maasai lead a semi-nomadic life, their houses are loosely constructed and semi-permanent. They are usually small, circular houses built by the women using mud, grass, wood, and cow-dung. The men build the fences and sheds for the animals.
Learn about Maasai clothes, dressing, and beauty: Though they traditionally dressed in animal skins, Maasai women with beaded jewelry – everyday Maasai dress today, typical Maasai dress consists of red sheets, (shuka), wrapped around the body and loads of beaded jewelry placed around the neck and arms.
These are worn by both men and women and may vary in color depending on the occasion.
Learn about Maasai faith and religion: In their monotheistic traditional beliefs, the Maasai god (Enkai or Engai) was manifested in two forms: the black god, who was benevolent; and the red god, who was vengeful. Today most of the Maasai tribe is Christians and a minority is Muslims.
Learn about Maasai food: All of the Maasai’s needs for food are met by their cattle. They eat the meat, drink the milk, and, on occasion, drink the blood.
Bulls, oxen, and lambs are slaughtered for meat on special occasions and for ceremonies. The by-products of the animals – skin, and hides – are used as bedding while cow dung is used for building (it is smeared on the walls).
Learn about The Maasai tribe today: The effects of modern civilization, education, and western influence have not completely spared this unique and interesting tribe.
Some of the Maasai tribe’s deep-rooted culture is slowly fading away. Customs, activities, and rituals such as female circumcision and cattle raiding have been outlawed by modern legislation.
Maasai children now have access to education and some Maasai have moved from their homeland to urban areas where they have secured jobs. It’s a culture that is eroding quickly.
Arusha 1 Day Cultural Tour Oldonyo Sambu Arusha Region Prices
Arusha 1-Day Cultural Tour Oldonyo Sambu Arusha Region Rates Include:
Lunch + Mineral bottled water + Oldonyo Sambu Market fees and village fees + Services of our professional English-speaking driver/ safari guide & Round trip transportation from Arusha to Oldonyo Sambu Market and back to Arusha
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* Half-day tours are available as well: The half-day tour starts with a visit to a Maasai boma to see the traditional lifestyle of the tribe. Hike up the Oldonyo-Was Hill to view the surrounding plains and villages. Later head to the center of Maasai women specializing in ornament making and to the historic tower a reminder of colonialism. Trek to a holy fig tree and thereon to a water spring.
Arusha 1-Day Cultural Tour Oldonyo Sambu Arusha Region Rates Exclude:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of one person required
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)