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Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to a 3-star safari lodge in Arusha with the rest of our group. We’ll have dinner together in a local African restaurant. (D)
After breakfast, we’ll transfer from Arusha to Mto Wa Mbu from where we continue off-road until we reach our Maasai boma (Maasai homestead). We will set up a camp in the Maasai boma. The Maasai women and warriors welcome us to their home. Enjoy your first bush dinner with amazing views overlooking the Great Rift Valley. We sleep in tents set up inside the Maasai boma. (B, L, D)
Today we observe and participate in the Maasai way of life. In the morning we help women to milk the cows, and then we join the Maasai boys and warriors to herd cattle. In the evening Meghan gives insights into learning how to photograph perfectly within this unique environment. Dinner and overnight in the Maasai boma will be another sensory delight, with plenty of photographic opportunities. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we’ll head to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact caldera from a long-extinct volcano. Ngorongoro is home to about 26,000 wild creatures who live within the safety of the caldera walls. You can observe elephants, black rhinoceroses, leopards, buffalo, zebras, warthogs, gnu (wildebeests), Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, and the densest population of lions in the world. Meghan will guide us in the ‘best practices’ for photographing wildlife. We’ll have a Champagne picnic lunch by the Hippo pool, as this is a very special moment of your stay with the Maasai. We’ll head back to our Maasai boma in Mto Wa Mbu for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
We spend a full day with the Maasai exploring their unique culture. Live the day with the Maasai. Go to herd the cattle with the Maasai herders or join the Maasai women to fetch water. You can also make your own beautiful Maasai jewelry or enjoy a bushwalk. Meghan teaches you how to best capture the wonderful moments you're experiencing. In the evening we gather around a campfire to see the Maasai dance and sing while you enjoy your bush dinner under the African sky full of stars. (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, we head to the Tarangire National Park. Tarangire National Park has the largest elephant population in Tanzania and the second-largest elephant population in Africa. It is a real gem in Tanzania’s northern safari circuit. Here you may see herds of up to 300 elephants roaming between huge Baobab trees. And the best news of Tarangire is that they have one of the highest elephant population growth rates and the lowest poaching rates in Africa. You may also see wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, Thompson's gazelle, kudu, eland, leopard, and cheetah. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the park, and then we return to our Maasai boma for dinner and overnight. (B, picnic L, D)
Today we say goodbye to our Maasai hosts. Before heading back to Arusha, we have a game drive inside the Lake Manyara National Park. Ernest Hemingway called this lake ‘the most beautiful lake in all Africa.’ The park is well known for its unusual tree-climbing lions and large herds of elephants. The park is also home to hippos, baboons, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, and is particularly good for bird watching, with over 380 species having been recorded here. After the game drive, we drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight in a 3-star lodge. Now you can relax and have a warm shower! (B, picnic L, D)
Transfer back to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight departures. (B).
"Meghan is a great photography tutor. She explains things clearly and precisely and takes the time to make sure you understand. She knows a wide variety of techniques and styles for learners to try."
Meghan's workshop is a great mix of useful skills and fundamental concepts as well as lots of fun. Meghan is such a lovely person that would like to share anything that you will be happy to spend two full days with her. The workshop helped me a lot.
I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to improve their photography skills. I learnt so much this weekend and am so excited to practice my new skills. I have a lot more confidence and knowledge about what I'm doing and a heightened enthusiasm.
I really enjoyed going to new locations with expert guidance in each place. Meghan is super friendly and happy to answer all questions - a great tutor.
Fantastic introduction to a variety of areas in the Waikato to take photos. We were encouraged to experiment and Meghan has a genuine interest in other's perspectives and the photos we all took.
Fun and lots of learning while feeling like a few friends going out to get good photos!
Meghan is very knowledgeable and has a wonderful manner to teach.
I learnt so much about my camera and different ways to compose images. I learnt how to get my aperture, shutter and ISO to all work together.
Perfect. I have learnt more in one weekend than I ever imagined I could.
Accommodation: 5 nights will be spent in a single share tent which is set up inside the Maasai boma. We provide all camping supplies. Basic camping facilities (portable trekking toilet and bucket shower). The other 2 nights are in a comfortable safari lodge with a hot shower and swimming pool.
Food: We have a private Maasai chef who prepares all the food. Tasty African food is made of traditional and local ingredients with meat, vegetables, and fruits. If you have a special diet, please let us know in advance. All the meals are served with bottled water, tea, and coffee.
We also give back to the Maasai and Hadzabe people that we visit. We pay one-year of health insurance for all the Maasai families that you visit during this stay.
$4,290 USD (minimum of 4 travellers)
$3,190 USD (minimum of 6 travellers)
$2,590 USD (minimum of 8 travellers)
$2,190 USD 10 travellers (maximum number)
Your co-host for the tour is Anniina Sandberg, founder of Visit Natives. She has an MA in African studies from the University of Helsinki. Her expertise is intercultural communication, indigenous cultures, and ethnography. She is also a Swahili interpreter and speaks fluent Maa-language.
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