Masai Village visit in Nairobi Information.
East Africa is home to several African Tribes, Masai Village Visit in Nairobi is an insight of understanding the tribe Masai which is on of the most famous tribe. This nomadic, warrior tribe which once held vast swathes of pre colonial Kenya, still retain many of their traditions as they live largely unaffected by modern day civilization, in areas surrounding Masai Mara. This typically one hour visit to a Maasai village is a chance to not just interact with the Maasai, but also to get a glimpse into their unique way of life.
The majority of Maasai still practice their traditional way of life and live as pastoralists with cattle at the centre of their culture and social life. They are very proud to welcome guests and tell about their everyday life in the bush.
Incredible Kenya Adventures supports the local Maasai community and guests are able to visit the Masai Village, the local primary school and the busy Maasai market.
Traditional Maasai village
The traditional Masai village is called a Manyatta and consists of a number of small cow dung made huts with thatched roofs. The huts are placed in a circle with livestock in the middle and a thick thorny fence for protection against the nightly predators.
The Ngong hills Masai Village has around inhabitants and guests visiting this traditional Maasai Manyatta will spend time learning about their life, culture and customs. Mornings are cool and usually busy for the women and girls with milking of cows and goats; later the herders take the cattle for grazing on the Mara plains.
A visit to a Masai Boma (Maasai village tour) in an interesting experience. As you arrive at the village, excited children and adults welcome you with song and dance, At certain times, one of the dancers will jump up and down gracefully. The jumps are several feet high! You will be invited to try jumping- (dancing), too, to your dismay you will be no match for their levitation act!!
You will then be welcomed into one of the homesteads in the village, the village huts (called Manyatta) are made of cow dung and clay plastered over stick frames. This is quite practical, the masai maintain cattle herds, and the dung is always in generous supply, and its free.
One of your host will give you an insight into Maasai life, some of them may not speak English but our guides will interpret for you and the elders so that stories may be exchanged. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the history and lifestyle of these Maasai. You may ask many questions as you like and take photographs.
The Masai market is held every day of the week in different locations in Nairobi shopping malls parking bays. You will see many villagers buying and selling a variety of goods including homeopathic remedies, local clothing and other curios.
The money collected from this tour is ploughed back to the local Maasai community to cater for social amenities and development of the villages.
Masai rural village & Maasai’s village day tour starts with a pick up by our driver guide from your Nairobi hotel.
The Maasai tribe (or Masai) is a unique and popular tribe due to their long-preserved culture. Despite education, civilization and western cultural influences, the Maasai people have clung to their traditional way of life, making them a symbol of Kenyan culture.
Maasai’s distinctive culture, dress style and strategic territory along the game parks of Kenya and Tanzania have made them one of East Africa’s most internationally famous tourist attractions.
The Maasai people reside in both Kenya and Tanzania, living along the border of the two countries. They are a smaller tribe, accounting for only about 0.7 percent of Kenya’s population, with a similar number living in Tanzania. The Maasai speak Maa, a Nilotic ethnic language from their origin in the Nile region of North Africa.
The Samburu tribe is the closest to the Maasai in both language and cultural authenticity.
A day trip to a Masai village near Nairobi is a half day affair where we visit the Masai people living next to the Ngong hills.
Drive westwards towards the Ngong hills which was named by the Maasai meaning the knuckles of the hand of God. This is the uncanny resemblance of the 5 peaks on the hill to the knuckles of a fist. Masai folklore has it that once a upon a time God was so angry with the Maasai people that he thrust his fist right above the ground and there it remains to date.
Arrive at the masai village and interact with the masai with a couple of activities to engage in including a mock wedding dance, masai warrior (moran) jumping dance, engage in some beadwork with the women, practice some traditional archery and spear throwing, learn the art of making a fire in the bush among many others things to see and do.
Enjoy a lunch at a mall in Karen area or a packed lunch.
Drive back to hotel in town.
Drop off in your hotel.