There are 14 earth houses to choose from, which stand in different places in a replicated Maasai village. Each bungalow is powered by solar energy and offers European standard, a toilet and shower with hot water. Every day you can experience the sunrise behind Kilimanjaro on the terrace, in the midst of the African nature. International and traditional Swahili dishes are refined with home-grown herbs and served in the restaurant. Free activities such as spear throwing, dances, nature walks or campfire conversations allow you to interact with the Maasai. To relax, there is a rest area, a massage room as well as a pool and sauna. To enjoy Tanzania up close in the midst of the Maasai, and the endless expanse of the African steppe all around offer a unique experience.
According to local people, the lodge was built on land that was considered uninhabitable. But the country changed when the lodge took its place there. The space, which is filled with life and emotions, radiates a strong energy today.
Pool & Wellness
Infinity outdoor-pool (all year)
Massage (additional charge)
Live music/performance Off-site
Tour or class about local culture
Mountain biking (additional charge)
Horse riding (additional charge)
Hiking with the Maasai
Entertainment and familiy services
Books, DVDs, music for children
Babysitting/child services (Additional charge)
Food & Drinks
Full board included
Bottle of water in the room
Wine/Champagne (additional charge)
Special diet menus (on request)
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
Airport transfer (additional charge)
Shuttle service (additional charge)
Laundry (additional charge)
24-hour front desk
Pets are not allowed.
We can arrange an airport pick up at any time of the day or night, for US$100 which will take about 1hr 30mins to the accommodation.
If you decide to arrive with your own car from Kilimanjaro Airport, take the road to Moshi and drive 15km to Boma Ngombe town. At this junction take a left turn and drive through Boma Ngombe town down until the village Sanya Juu (41km), where you will find an Amini Maasai Lodge sign on the left side. From this sign on you will join a rough road. After 7km you will find another signboard on your right that will lead you directly to the Original Maasai Lodge (8km).
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Traditional spear throwing competitions are deep-rooted in the Maasai culture. They were not only important for Maasai warriors in order to compete with each other, but also served as training for hunting lions. Nowadays, the lions are protected and the Maasai don’t hunt them anymore. Spear throwing competitions are now merely an athletic event. Try your luck and compete with the best of the best!
NATURE WALK WITH THE MAASAI
Accompanied by a Maasai shaman you will have the chance to discover the surrounding areas. Meet the locals of Ngabobo who will share their extensive knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants and introduce you to the Maasai’s culture, which has stayed unchanged for centuries. In close proximity to the lodge you will have the chance to pick these medicinal plants yourself and might even prepare your own tea with them. It will be a very special teatime, both for you and the Maasai.
DONKEY RIDE WITH THE MAASAI
The typical tourist attraction in Tanzania is a safari by foot or by car. In many places, horse rides are offered as an alternative.
But how about something new? Why not try a ride on the back of a donkey at sunrise? It’s the best way to enjoy the serenity of the savannah and the beautiful view of Kilimanjaro. With a bit of luck, you might even experience the early morning hustle and bustle of the African savannah. We especially recommend the donkey ride for families with children.
Let the local Maasai women introduce you to their handcraft. In the shade of an acacia tree, the Maasai will teach you how to craft your own jewelry. During a friendly chat, you will also have the chance to learn something about the women’s lives.
Cost: USD 50 per person
VISIT THE MAASAI CHURCH IN MADEBE
The Maasai still worship their own gods in a traditional manner. However, their belief has mingled with elements of Christianity. The visit to a Maasai church is a unique experience. Attend a Sunday’s mass together with the Maasai and let them show you the area around Madebe afterwards. They will also show you waterholes, their only source of potable water for centuries until Africa Amini Alama successfully built water pipes in the village.
Cost: USD 50 per person
VISIT OF A MAASAI-BOMA
A Maasai family invites you to their boma! One boma consists of several houses made of natural Materials, that are built in a circle to fence in the cattle. Visiting a boma will give you the chance to see for yourself how the Maasai live. Additionally, you can talk to your hosts who will give you an in-depth understanding of their traditions and customs.
Cost: USD 35 per person
A chance all too often. The local Maasai surely will be thankful. Preparations start early in the morning when you buy a goat. Maasai men will grill the goat over a fire while the women prepare the side dishes. In the evening your personal interpreter will give you the chance to chat with the guests. After dinner, the festival traditionally continues – well into the morning hours.
Cost: USD 150
Between Momella and Ngabobo, on the north side of Mount Meru, lies the village of Mukuru. A small, pyramid-shaped hill at the foothills of Mount Meru is the landmark of the area. This hill, Ol Doinyo Landaree is still used by the Maasai for religious purposes. It is not a tourist destination, however, we are allowed to pay for a visit from time to time. Birdlife is abundant, giraffes feed on fine acacia leaves and zebras share the pasture with the locals’ cattle. A place of peace and contemplation.
Cost: USD 50 per person
TRIP TO MUKURU AND THE MARKET IN NGARENANYUKI
An early start from the lodge will be necessary in order to climb the peak of Mukuru before noon, which is roughly a one and a half hours’ hike. After enjoying a well-deserved picnic on the summit with spectacular views, the hike back down will be a little shorter. Especially bird lovers are in for a treat since they will spot a couple of very rare bird species like the Purple Roller, the Red-and-Yellow Barbet, the Redheaded Barbet or the Fischer’s Lovebird. Around noon you will arrive at the market in Ngarenanyuki that takes place every Friday. A wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, corn and plenty of other products are offered. The colorful market stalls paint a rich picture of the scene.
Cost: USD 120 per person
DAY TRIP TO SINYA AND THE NATURE RESERVE IN THE WEST OF KILIMANJARO
On this full-day excursion you will discover the Embosel ecosystem in the north of Tanzania, near the border to Kenya. With a bit of luck, you might even have the chance to get within meters of elephants. At noon you will have a picnic in the middle of the wilderness before you visit the market in Sinya at the end of the day, where you find Maasai crafts as well as cozy little bars and cafés.
Cost: USD 155 per person, booking on Tuesdays only
TRIPS TO THE AFRICA AMINI ALAMA PROJECTS IN MOMELLA
Spend a whole day in Momella, the center of the Africa Amini Alama projects. In the morning you will have the chance to visit a couple of families supported by us. Afterwards, we invite you to our primary school. After having lunch in our restaurant, feel free to spend the day in the orphanage or discover the area along the river and the marshy land around Momella. If you are interested, you can take a look at our beehives of non-stinging bees.
Cost: USD 125 per person
SPECIAL MAASAI DAY
Live like a Maasai – for one whole day in your life.
You will have to wake up early in the morning in order to get dressed like a Maasai. You’ll be showed how to milk goats and cows in one of the Maasai settlement near the lodge. After late brunch male guests will collect healing plants, slaughter a goat and prepare the goat on a fire. Female guests will look for firewood, repair Maasai houses and experience the challenges of the life of the Maasai. Finish the evening with a special goat fire celebration and dances. During the whole day, you will be accompanied by one of our Maasai guides who will explain you the deeper meaning of Maasai life.
An experience you will never forget!
Cost: USD 150 for two persons
SPECIAL MAASAI DAY WITH A BOMA OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE
Finish your special Maasai day with an authentic overnight experience. Sleep with the Maasai in their own house, have dinner and breakfast the Maasai way and be one of them for 24h.
Cost: USD 250 for two persons
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|prices per night including halfboard*||01.01.2019 - 10.01.2021|
|*Your own cook is included in this rate who prepares a fresh breakfast and dinner every day.|
|Children up to and including 5 years old can stay for free.|
|Children from 6 years old to 12 years old can stay for 50% of the adult rate per child per night in an extra bed.|
|Children from 6 years old to 12 years old can stay for 75% of the adult rate per child per night in an own bungalow.|