Visit Maasai Village Kenya
The Masai Village tours will give you an opportunity to mix with the local residents as well as drive insights about the way of living as well as the local customs.
You can also be a part of various cultural activities and visit some of the important landmarks like the Capacity Building Centres Koiyaki Guiding School, the health centre, education and water programmes in Talek Town and the Basecamp Masai Brand (BMB) a handicraft workshop.
They live in small mud-thatched villages, surrounded by their cattle and smaller livestock. For hundreds of years, the Masai have roamed these lands of Kenya and Tanzania, living a free, nomadic lifestyle. Their traditional lands now comprise much of Kenya’s national parks.
The first thing you’ll notice as you enter a village is the many vivid colours of the Masai’s garments. The bright shukas or sheets they wear contrast strongly with the greens and browns of the landscape.
Adding to this display of colour is the brightly beaded jewellery – necklaces, bracelets and amulets – worn by the women and men.
This beadwork, while very appealing, has more than just an ornamental value. The women who create it express their identity and social status with these handcrafted pieces.
You’ll see displays of this beaded jewellery for sale, and you can help support the village with a purchase… as well as bringing home an authentic souvenir from your travels.
You may get to experience the villagers singing and dancing… and you might even be able to join in! The Maasai are known for their rhythmic call-and-response singing. Perhaps their most widely known dance is the adumu or “jumping dance”.
Standing in muted contrast to the colourful villagers, you’ll see the browns and greys of the Maasai’s houses, called bomas. Small structures with thatched roofs, it is the job of the Maasai women to build these sturdy dwellings.
The women begin with a framework of timber poles and interweave smaller branches to form a structure. This is then covered with a mixture of mud, grass, cow dung, urine and ash. The entire structure is no more than 3 x 5 m in the area and stands only 1.5 m tall.
Yet the family cooks eats, sleeps and socialises in this modest structure – even sharing space with small livestock! You may be able to peek inside to experience a very different lifestyle.
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