Usambara to Maasai Boma Tour
FOUR DAYS USAMBARA AND MAASAI TOUR
The Usambara has four great tribes(Shambaa,Mbugu,Pare and Maasai),and the Maasai being settled down the slopes of Usambaras ,Mombo and Other places near the Mkomanzi Np.
Historically, Maasai were semi-nomadic pastoralists who lived in Tanzania and Kenya. Nature and its elements have been and remain central to Maasai religion, even as Maasai lives and livelihoods have changed in response to colonialism, nationalism, development interventions,Christian evangelization, education and other processes.These processes have also exacerbated regional, social, cultural and thus religious variations among and within Maasai sections (large territorial groupings). Moreover, although many Maasai keeping livestock, but now cultivate small farms, work for wages and pursue other modes of economic diversification, most still remember and uphold their long-standing history and ideals as semi-nomadic pastoralists. Their close customary relationship to and dependence on the environment for their sustenance and social reproduction was expressed in many aspects of their religious beliefs and practices including: their concept of their deity (Eng’ai), their sacred symbols and colors, their holy mountains and trees, their attitudes toward wild and domestic animals, and their prayers and praise songs. Although many of their beliefs and practices continue today, this entry is written in the past tense to acknowledge the changing circumstances of their lives.
Friends of Usambara Cultural Tourism Enterprise is offering you a 3 nights 4 days trekking from Lushoto to Maasai village.
DAY 1: (4-5 hrs)
Start trekking from Lushoto toward Magamba nature reserve which is located the south west and facing west of the Usambaras. The trekking is through the villages and agricultural land, pass through the villages of Kwambago down to Irente biodiversity reserve for the Lunch. Down here brown bread cheese and local made products are made by this unique farm. Continuing to Irente view point with superb view over the Masai plain, get a picture of where you will be overnight in day 3 of the program. Proceed to the ophanage center where you will spend overnight and contributing to the children in needs.
After breakfast, cotinue walking to Miziyagembe Peak very much known as place people flying with balloon hang riding via Yoghoi village at the top of the ridge offering superb views and a chance to meet local people. Get mixed with locals along the way while trekking in the villages with giggling children, incredible cultural experiences ,learn about old farming practices in the Usambara, Dinner and overnight at Miziyagembe Caters Rest House
DAY 3 (5-6hrs)
After breakfast start your trek mainly descending down to the Mombo Valley with fantastic views.
Eat lunch at Mombo town and get picked by car in the afternoon 30 minutes to Mlembule Maasai bomas for overnight at their ground camp site and learn about their history and listen and you can also participate on the dance and beautiful songs.
Full day walk around Masai village and learn more about the Maasai,and on evening trek across the Savana to Mombo for overnight stay at Usambara lodge or take a transport back to Lushoto for overnight.