Our Seasonal Camp in Maasailand
Longido Seasonal Camp
Experience a real safari adventure, staying in our intimate bush camp near Mount Longido, walking with the Maasai in their traditional homeland as they’ve done for hundreds of years, far from tourists’ haunts. Lose yourself in a time ruled by pastoral rhythms of the ageless and graceful Maasai, and journey back to a time before machines, reconnecting to nature and satisfying your nomadic spirit.
Our seasonal bush camp is set in the wilderness, with up to seven spacious sleeping tents. Dining is in a traditional Maasai mud and wattle structure with grass roof-thatch. The whole camp is lit by solar light – no noisy generators here!
The sleeping tents at this camp offer the following amenities:
4m x 3m insect-proof nylon classic-style safari tent with fly sheet and 4m x 1.5m verandah. Solar powered LED lights illuminate the inside the sleeping tent, with an additional solar safari lantern on the front verandah. The toilet and shower tents are separate (one tent has an en suite toilet and shower attached at the back). And are also solar lit for ease of use at night. The shower consists of a 15 liter bag with valve-handle and shower rose. On the floor is a wooden stand. Each person sleeps on a metal frame bed with a 4” foam mattress. We provide clean bed sheets, blankets and pillows. On the tent floor is a large woven grass mat. Outside on the front verandah of each tent are two safari chairs and a small table covered with a kikoi cloth. We provide a fresh bath towel and face towel once every two nights of camping. Also we provide each person with a wash stand, outside the tent.
Our expert chefs prepare and cook all the meals, and our guests will attest that our cooks exceed expectations despite the limited resources of a bush kitchen. We use special eco-friendly charcoal plus gas burners for cooking food at the camp, plus eco-friendly water-heaters to heat water for hot showers. Friendly camp crew are there to serve meals, prepare hot showers, and make the nightly campfire, of course!
All photos except the Maasai woman are credited to Roger Jourdain, author-photographer
Wow, what a great experience! The final walk up the summit ridge was a just an amazing feeling and luckily, weather conditions on the top cleared up after starting from School Hut in lightly falling snow.
Everything ran like a well-oiled machine. We just couldn’t fault it! We really liked the team approach across porters and guiding staff. I know that these things don’t just happen and you should be proud of your staff and their efforts. Would I recommend a Nature Discovery Kili trek to friends and family – absolutely! That to me is always the test after completing something like this.
Your advice as to the Shira Plateau route was spot on. Excellent to get the necessary acclimatization time in and nobody suffered from altitude sickness. Having experience that at Everest Base Camp, I was very pleased (and relieved) to come through unscathed this time.
Some specific comments:
Hire gear was great.
Food was exceptional, both as to variety, quality and quantity. Our chef, Felisiana August was superb and turned out meals of a consistently high standard. Both the menu design was excellent and we were continually surprised as our waiter Good Luck announced each evening what we were having.
Guide team: Onest Mtui is the sort of person you just trust and respect. Quietly spoken, very knowledgeable, and as we headed up the mountain on summit day with the ground covered in snow, you just knew that he was right on top of his game. Excellent man and we all really enjoyed his company.
Assistant guide William Bwenje is someone that you need to keep in mind when you are looking to promote new head guides. Both Michael and I were impressed with his depth and maturity. He anticipated problems, worked with people who needed assistance, demonstrated really good leadership qualities and has a very good grasp of English. The overall caliber of your people on our trek was just superb.
So in summary, I must compliment you and all the team on a job well done.
We saw 37 species of mammal (including the Big 5), 240+ species of bird and various assorted reptiles and plants. The scenery was epic.
Japhet, our driver/guide, was superb. He knew we wanted to see as many birds as possible and he tried his best to accommodate the ‘Ndege’ spotting as well as finding lots of mammals. Rather than race to the next mammal sighting, taking time for us to see the birds greatly enhanced our enjoyment. Lake Manyara was an awesome experience, thousands of birds, and Tarangire was excellent, especially along the River.
The photo opportunities were amazing – I took over 7500 pictures (I’ve attached a few)!
Nev WManchester, UK Tanzania Safari
Vraiment très bien : un chauffeur/guide prévenant, efficace, ponctuel, sympathique, parlant bien le français, des hébergements au top, conforme au « contrat » négocié depuis la France. On recommande à 100%. C’était Génial