Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge is a unique accommodation located in Northern Tanzania, at the foot of the Ol Donyoi Lengai volcano. Situated next to Engaresero, a small isolated village, the lodge offers a tranquil retreat in the heart of Maasai country. It is an ideal base for exploring the nearby Lake Natron and the famous national parks like Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Tarangire. The camp promotes fair and sustainable tourism, supporting the local community and preserving nature through various initiatives.
As you step into this extraordinary destination, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of natural wonders and cultural richness.
The lodge offers comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, hot water showers, solar fans, and private terraces. The rooms provide breathtaking views of the Ol Donyoi Lengai volcano. For campers, a large grassy area is available, which is completely fenced for added safety. Camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, and sleeping bags can be rented on-site. Maasai security guards ensure the safety of the camp day and night.
The lodge features a large restaurant with an open-air seating area, overlooking Lake Natron and the Ol Donyio Lengai volcano. The restaurant serves American cuisine and has been constructed using local materials, following the Maasai architectural style. The kitchen is run by two talented self-taught chefs, Jane and Magret, who specialize in Tanzanian delicacies and European dishes with a local touch. The lodge’s food is highly appreciated by visitors, offering a fusion of flavors influenced by Indian spices and fresh local ingredients. The lodge offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner at affordable prices.
The camp provides a swimming pool that is accessible 24 hours a day, offering a refreshing dip in a natural setting. To minimize environmental impact, the camp utilizes solar panels for electricity and employs water filters for drinking water. The bathrooms have showers, sinks, and hot water, along with Western-style toilets. Toilet paper is provided. The camp strives to reduce plastic waste and encourages guests to refill their bottles using the water filter in the restaurant. Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant, but the connection may be limited.
- Accommodation: Comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, hot water showers, solar fans, and private terraces. Camping equipment is available for rent, including tents, mattresses, and sleeping bags.
- Restaurant: A large restaurant with an open-air seating area, offering American cuisine, Tanzanian delicacies, and European dishes with a local touch. The restaurant is constructed using local materials in the Maasai architectural style.
- Swimming Pool: A swimming pool is available 24 hours a day for guests to enjoy a refreshing swim.
- Solar Power: The camp utilizes solar panels for electricity, reducing environmental impact.
- Water Filtration: The camp employs water filters for drinking water to minimize plastic waste. Guests are encouraged to refill their bottles using the water filter in the restaurant.
- Bathrooms: Bathrooms with showers, sinks, hot water, and Western-style toilets. Toilet paper is provided.
- Security: Maasai security guards ensure the safety of the camp day and night.
- Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant, but the connection may be limited.
Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge offers a range of activities to explore the natural and cultural wonders of the region. Guests can embark on guided walks to Lake Natron shores, where they can witness the ecological diversity and flamingo breeding sites. Engaresero Falls provides an opportunity for a refreshing dip in the river, accompanied by a Maasai guide. Trekking enthusiasts can embark on a full-day trek to the escarpment of Leparakashi, offering stunning views and insights into Maasai culture. For adventurous souls, an ascent to the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano is available, providing a unique sunrise experience.
- Lake Natron Shores: Take a guided walk to explore the ecological diversity and flamingo breeding sites of Lake Natron. Learn about the flora, fauna, and Maasai culture along the way. Cost: $20 per person.
- Engaresero Falls: Join a Maasai guide for a refreshing hike to the falls of Engaresero River. Enjoy the stunning scenery and take a shower in the cascading waters. Cost: $20 per person.
- Trek to the Escarpment of Leparekashi: Embark on a full-day trek to the foot of the rift valley mountains. Experience the transhumance practices of the Maasai and learn about their culture and traditions. Cost: $10 per person (in addition to the $20 activity fee) + $20 tip per group for the Maasai guide.
- Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano Ascent: Challenge yourself with a night trek to the edge of the sacred Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano. Witness the sunrise and admire the panoramic view of the Serengeti plains. Note: Proper hiking gear and a 4×4 vehicle are required. Price: $93 per person (minimum 2 persons).
- Trek to the Upper Waterfalls of Engaresero River: Trek to the Rift Valley Gorge and witness the gushing springs that form the river. Enjoy swimming and natural showers along the way. Cost: $10 per person (in addition to the $20 activity fee) + $20 per group for the Maasai guide.
- Explore the East Part of the Lake: Take a 4×4 tour to the eastern side of the lake, where you’ll encounter breathtaking landscapes, diverse bird species, and wildlife such as zebras, giraffes, and ostriches. Interact with Maasai families living on the lake and swim in a natural spring water pool. Cost: $10 per person (in addition to the $20 activity fee) + $20 tip for the Maasai guide.
- Traditional Maasai Village Experience: Discover the traditional life, culture, and customs of the Maasai people by visiting their bomas (family huts) and participating in activities such as milking animals. Purchase handmade Maasai jewelry as souvenirs. Cost: $20 per family.
- Maasai Barbecue: Join the Maasai for a unique dining experience as they prepare a goat barbecue. Witness traditional songs, dances, and enjoy the feast. Cost: $80 per evening (minimum 10 warriors).
- One Night in a Maasai Boma: Spend a night in a comfortable Maasai hut in the heart of a boma surrounded by other Maasai families. Enjoy the tranquility, starry sky, and meals prepared by a Maasai chef. Price: $100 per night (full board for 2 people, limited availability).
- Safaris: Organize tailored safaris in the famous national parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha NP, and Kilimanjaro. Contact the lodge for detailed itineraries and pricing.
- Compensate Your Carbon Footprint by Planting a Tree: Take part in a tree-planting activity with the Moringa tree, known for its nutritional and environmental benefits. Plant a baby Moringa tree and leave a name stone as a symbol of your contribution. Small participation in the project is welcome.
- Experience Some Daily Activities of the Maasais: Immerse yourself in the Maasai culture by participating in their daily activities. Learn how to load a donkey, milk cows, grind millet, make traditional jewelry, and more. Cost: $20 per person.
Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge is located approximately 6 hours by road from Kilimanjaro International Airport and 5 hours from the city and Arusha Domestic Airport. The lodge is close to the South of Lake Natron, adjacent to the “Natron Gate” and the village of Engaresero. Guests can arrange transportation or rent a 4×4 vehicle to reach the lodge.
By offering comfortable accommodations, delicious cuisine, a range of amenities, and exciting activities, Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge ensures a memorable and sustainable experience for travelers seeking an authentic Tanzanian adventure.
Location and Accessibility
Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge is strategically positioned on the road to the legendary Ngorongoro Crater, the renowned Serengeti, and the captivating Tarangire National Park. This prime location offers a perfect opportunity for you to organize your safari adventure while taking a refreshing break in the heart of Maasai country. The lodge is located near Engaresero, a small isolated village that emerged after the establishment of the Loliondo-Arusha bus line, contributing to its growth and development.
Immersing in Maasai Culture
The local community residing around the lodge predominantly consists of the Maasai people. These proud and resilient individuals have embraced their pastoral way of life, harmoniously coexisting with their environment while preserving their time-honored traditions. During your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with the Maasai and gain insights into their unique way of life. Discover their rich cultural heritage, witness their traditional practices, and engage in meaningful interactions that foster understanding and appreciation.
Sustainable Tourism and Solidarity
At Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge, we believe in the power of fair and sustainable tourism that benefits both travelers and the local community that graciously welcomes them, all while preserving the precious natural surroundings. A portion of our lodge’s profits is reinvested in solidarity projects undertaken in collaboration with the local community, aiming to create a positive and lasting impact. We uphold a deep respect for nature, embracing eco-conscious practices throughout our operations. Our commitment includes utilizing solar panels, implementing water filters, reducing plastic waste, and actively engaging in permaculture and reforestation efforts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge:
- How do I make a reservation at Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge?
- To make a reservation, you can contact the lodge directly through their website or email. They will provide you with the necessary information and assist you in booking your stay.
- What is the check-in/check-out time at the lodge?
- The standard check-in time is 2:00 PM, and the check-out time is 10:00 AM. However, it’s always best to confirm the exact timings with the lodge when making your reservation.
- Is airport transfer service available?
- Yes, airport transfer service can be arranged upon request. Contact the lodge in advance with your flight details to make arrangements.
- Are children allowed at the lodge?
- Yes, children are welcome at Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge. The lodge provides a family-friendly environment and offers activities suitable for children.
- Is Wi-Fi available at the lodge?
- Yes, Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant area of the lodge. However, please note that the connection may be limited due to the remote location.
- Are there any medical facilities nearby?
- The nearest medical facilities are located in the town of Arusha, which is approximately a 2-hour drive from the lodge. It’s recommended to carry any necessary medications and travel insurance.
- Can dietary restrictions or food allergies be accommodated?
- Yes, the lodge can accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies. It’s advised to inform the lodge in advance about any specific dietary requirements, so they can make necessary arrangements.
- What payment methods are accepted at the lodge?
- Maasai Giraffe Eco Lodge accepts cash payments in Tanzanian shillings (TZS) and major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard). It’s recommended to confirm the accepted payment methods at the time of reservation.
- Can I book safari tours through the lodge?
- Yes, the lodge can assist you in organizing tailored safari tours to popular national parks in the region, such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha National Park, and Kilimanjaro. They can provide detailed itineraries and pricing options.
- Is there a dress code at the lodge?
- There is no strict dress code at the lodge. However, it’s recommended to dress comfortably and consider cultural sensitivities, especially when visiting the Maasai village or engaging in cultural activities.