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5 Things You Need To Know About Maasai Culture Before Visiting

5 Things You Need To Know About Maasai Culture Before Visiting

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe of people who have lived in the region of Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania for hundreds of years, and are easily identifiable by their distinctive traditional red style of dress, ornate beaded jewelry, and lively spirit. For many travelers, visiting a Maasai village to experience their culture and traditional way of life is a highlight of their trip. But there are a few things you should know about the Maasai culture before you leave home.

The Maasai Greeting

The typical greeting between two Maasai people would be “Kasserian Ingera” which in Swahili translates to “How are the children?”. This demonstrates the high importance that the Maasai people place on their family, and the well-being of the next generation. The Maasai people are traditionally a nomadic society, the main source of wealth being the cattle that they raise. However, a man with many cattle and few children is none-the-less seen to be poor. 

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How are the Children?
Photo by: CanAssist African Relief Trust

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Top 5 Tented Camps in the Masai Mara

Top 5 Tented Camps in the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most spectacular places to visit, and a can’t miss location on any trip to East Africa. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your Masai Mara tented camp is not only top-notch, but fits your own personal travel style. Here are the top 5 tented camps in the Masai Mara, each with its own unique charm that will make you want to come back to visit year after year to try them all.

Kicheche Bush Camp

The Kicheche Bush Camp is a tented camp which will make you think you’ve stepped back into the era of exploration, when the vast plains of Africa were as mysterious and unknown as the depths of the ocean. Of course, you won’t be sacrificing any of the modern amenities either. You’ll be sleeping on a luxury tented bed, surrounded by the fresh African air, and wake up to a cup of dark roasted local coffee as you sit watching the sunrise over the savannah horizon. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Kenya in a Nutshell

To say Kenya appeals to the adventure traveler would be a huge understatement. Kenya tours offer tons of wild activities and experiences, and exceed expectations at every turn.
Set along the beautiful Indian ocean and boasting a stunning variation of inland scenery, Kenya packs a punch for all visitors. Whether you are traveling alone, with friends or fancy the perfect family safari, Kenya tours cater for all visitors.

Things to do in Kenya

Main Attractions and Tourist Regions in Kenya
Reach new peaks and challenge yourself with an unforgettable climb of Mt. Kenya and observe the Unesco World Heritage site (and Unesco Biosphere reserve) from the soaring height of 4985m. The peak is higher but only attainable by mountaineer experts.

Elegant Giraffe in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Photo by Dylan Walters.
African safaris often entice tourists to Kenya due the renowned Masai Mara game reserve for a view of some of the most attractive wild animals in the world. The ‘Great Migration’ of wildebeests from the nearby Serengeti reserve of Tanzania is also a magnificent spectacle.
Apart from the abundance of game in the reserve, the Masai Mara is also one of the top bird-watching destinations on the planet. You can either observe those birds from the ground or gain an authentic African experience by searching the plains from the vantage point of your hot air balloon.
Learn about the Masai tribe’s culture at the Masai museum in Hell’s Gate National Park, before setting off on the unique cycling or walking safari where any one of the big five may be lurking around the corner. Along with the large amount of African wildlife, Hell’s Gate tours are equally as prestigious for the scintillating scenery on offer, with breath-taking gorges and basalt columns.
In addition to these Kenyan safaris, the Tsavo East National Park and Longonot National Park also provide great opportunities to experience the ultimate African experience and a great chance to see the great animals in Kenya.
Kenya tours are not complete without a trip to the mesmerizing beauty of the Indian ocean. Find rare underwater life as you snorkel the mind-blowing corals of the Kenyan coast.

Tribal attire in Kenya sports beautiful colors. Photo by Christopher Michel

So What’s Kenya all about?

Food and Culture of Kenya
Culture in Kenya is really determined by the community/tribe that you come across, many offering different ritual ceremonies and traditional dishes.
The staple Kenyan meals often consist of Ugali (cornmeal), Sukuma Wiki (greens) and many different rice  and bean dishes.
The traditional Kenyan attire is often brightly colored and will differentiate the community that you are in.

When to go to Kenya

What time of the year is it best to visit Kenya?
The best time to visit Kenya is during the dry seasons – January-March and July-October.
For wildlife in particular, the greatest time to go is anywhere between July and October.
The worst months to visit Kenya are generally considered to be around April-May.
Have you experience an exhilarating Kenyan safari? What are your favorite memories from your Kenya tours?…
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All journeys have a beginning and an end

All journeys have a beginning and an end, but what happens in between is really up to you.  You may prefer to lie in the same hammock watching hippos at the same waterhole for ten days in a row, or you may have identified a dozen safari camps and four beach resorts that you want to visit before you return home.  It’s simply a process of selection, and here we can be really helpful.  We’ll give you our best advice about the most exciting sequence in which to experience your choices, and we’ll iron out any kinks involved in getting you from here to there—and back again, of course.
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