A Tour of the Maasai Village

Hey everyone! As promised in the Kibo Amboseli blogpost, I’m following up with this post about our tour of Maasai culture in Amboseli. On our second day in Amboseli we got the pleasure of being taken around a Masai village by Kirisya and a few of his friends.

When we arrived, we were told most of the men were off herding cattle and it was mostly the women and children that stayed behind. The huts are arranged in a circular manner and their cattle are placed in the middle of the village for safe keeping from hyenas and other wild animals.

The Maasai huts are built with cow dung, grass and acacia. During hot seasons, they are cool on the inside and during cold seasons, they are warm on the inside. Think of them as natural air conditioners lol. The mattresses used in the bedroom are made of cow skin.

As you may know, the Masai are allowed to have as many wives as they can cater for just as is in many traditional societies of Africa. Each wife is given her own hut with her children. Despite the fact that FGM (female genital mutilation) was banned, they still marry off girls as young as 16 years of age.

After being taken around the Maasai huts, we were shown how the Maasais make a fire the traditional way. They use cedar wood, acacia and donkey dung or elephant dung to light a fire. It took about 3 minutes on average to light the fire. Then the ladies and a few men gathered in the village to sing and pray for us. For each prayer, we were to say “Nai” at the end which means “amen” in Maasai.

Kirisya then took us to the area where the children play while the women make jewelry and artifacts sold at curio shops and different Maasai culture expos. I bought an arm band which I wore on Easter and a few other accessories. The proceeds from these sales go to funding their community projects such as schools, clinics, water reservoirs etc.

Before we left we were given Masai names; I was given “Namunyak” which means blessings and Jodie was given “Nanyanelo” which means the rainy season. This was interesting since my surname Ainomugisha stands for blessings as well.

We ended our visit by taking photos around the village and selfies with the Maasais. The entry fee for the community tour is 1000kshs (33,000ugx/10USD) and the proceeds go to their community development programs as mentioned above especially the community primary school. So if you’re ever around a Masai settlement area, pay one of the villages a visit and support the community.

Featured image and photo above were taken by Neema Jodie.

Photography by Neema Jodie: Click HERE

Blogpost on Amboseli experience by Jodie: Click HERE

Faces of Amboseli: Click HERE

Live and Love,

Marie