CULTURAL VISITS

The vibrancy of Maasai culture is unrivaled and typically centers around a brushwood enclosure into which the community’s cows and goats are herded at night. Truly, a visit to the Masai Mara would be incomplete without visiting our nearby Maasai community boma (village), which offers a unique insight into their age-old culture. The community, with which, Kaboso Safari Camp has forged relationships, is just a short drive away. The trip constitutes a pleasant visit to a typical Maasai home, learning about Maasai’s daily life and culture, dancing and singing displays and culminating with visiting the community’s own handicrafts market.

The village is ordered around their age-old traditions. Each woman has her own hut, and the men in their society abide by regulation according to a complicated hierarchy of age-sets, warrior-clans, elders and laibons (prophet soothsayers). Maasai life is centered around joyous celebrations which mark the passage of time; from birth to death, the dispensation of justice, the changing of the seasons and the treasuring of the Maasai’s precious cattle, all of which make for the cultural distinctiveness. Unchanged for centuries, such celebrations typify a way of life that has remained untouched by the arrival of the technological age.

Utterly authentic, the village visit promises unrivaled photo-opportunities. It begins with a traditional welcome from the Maasai morans (warriors), who will escort you from your vehicle and into the brushwood enclosure. Here you will find their young, not of school going age, as well as their parents. Typically, the village elders will be on hand to welcome you and the young morans will demonstrate the traditional kindling of fire. Several long notes will then be sounded on an eland horn, which summons the Maasai from surrounding villages to come welcome the guests. Meanwhile, you will be invited to enter a traditional Maasai home.

Constructed by the women, each low grey hut is made from wooden poles and cow dung. Accessing it through a low narrow door, you will find yourself in a dark room with a central cooking hearth also made from cow dung. There will be a few low stools around the hearth and a wooden sleeping platform made from stretched hides.  You’ll be invited to take a seat while your host unfolds to you more about the Maasai way of life. It’s a joyous and relaxed experience with plenty of laughter. Emerging from the hut you will be greeted by a colorful group of ladies. Dressed in their finest beadwork, they sing and perform some of their traditional dances. It is customary for guests to be invited to join the dance. Afterward the young morans will perform their own songs, dances and jumping displays.

Finally, you will be invited to their modest displays of beadwork and carving laid out on the grass. As well as providing a unique opportunity for cultural exchange. The visits provide a valuable contribution to the finances of community life with proceeds from the visits, passed directly to the community, and have so far financed the construction of a water tower, the establishment of a health centre and financed the education of the community’s children. Additionally, the ladies use the money they earn from their handicrafts to establish self-help groups and micro-finance institutions.