Many of the Masai people still live traditional lifestyles, eating, wearing and being accommodated n the traditional way. We arrived at the village, which was set our in a circular pattern of mud houses and were greeted at the entrance by some warriors dressed in their colourful red Masai blankets. We were welcomed to the village by these warriors who blew on a horn as we arrived.
After we entered, the warriors approached us and began a dance, where they took it in turns to jump in the air while the others all sang and moved rhythmically to the song.
After some time, Bret and Mark were invited to join the dancing where they were given weapons and a headers made from a lion’s mane.
When the singing and dancing ended, we were given a guided tour of one of the huts. It is very basic, with just one room that is divided off for the bedroom by a curtain. There is a fire pit in the middle of the floor, a mattress off to the side for the parents and a smaller one on the opposite side for the children. At the entrance to the hut there was a small door. When we peeked onside we found several tiny calves who were people sheltered from the cold nights by huddling together.
Next up was the women’s turn to put on a show. They sang some beautiful songs and danced for us. Lisa and I were invited to koi in as well, and we were given some beaded jewellery to adorn ourselves with. They were so colourful and beautiful!
After the dancing, we were given a brief demonstration on how to make fire, the traditional way. This involved rubbing two sticks together, one hard and one soft, while dried grass was added to the pile of elephant dung that was underneath. It was so interesting, and they did it so quickly!
We said farewell to our new friends and all felt much more enlightened about the Masai people. It was such an interesting experience. It was obviously opened up for tourists, but there is a defiant sense that this is how the people still live. We literally had to ask a family to leave their hut so we could look inside. It is amazing that the culture is still in tact and so strong! Before leaving, we brought some souvenirs and made a donation to the village to go towards the local hospital. What a wonderful, eye-opening experience!