About this listing
Come and visit the Maasai Community in Mile Tisa, nine miles from Namanga in Kenya. We have built a hut in a Masaai Village for visitors to come and be immersed in Maasai culture. As soon as you arrive you will be given a traditional outfit which you will keep until your departure, and can be purchased on request. After you have settled into the hut you will be welcomed by a dance troupe of 'Moran' who will dance around the fire in an extraordinary way!
After a delicious supper taken from an exclusively Masaai menu bed down on the cow skin sheet around the fire inside your hut.
This community has not been infiltrated by the mass tourism in Kenya as it is not within a national park, and as a result everything you see is the real deal. Despite this we do have a shower and a western style toilet.
If you would like to stay the options of activities are numerous. Behind the hut is the dark mountain which overlooks Kilimanjaro and Tanzania - walking up it is a great day trip and you will see some wildlife such as camels, buffalo, baboons and warthogs.
Other people head to Amboseli National Park for the day, and a separate price can be discussed for people who would like us to arrange this for them as well. Amboseli is famous for its glorious vistas of Kilimanjaro and the 1500 elephants that roam around under its shadow.
Some people prefer to stay behind and herd goats or cows for the day. This care free life will very quickly help you to relax and forget about the hustle and bustle of city life.
For people coming from Nairobi we can arrange pick up so that you don't need to worry about anything.
Included in the price (see website) is transport from Nairobi, the food, the dancing and all other necessities - there will be optional expenses on top of these such as buying Masaai trinklets or clothing.
It is recommended that you bring your own water, warm clothes, and hand sanitiser.
There was four of us that drove to the hut from Nairobi. The drive was fine a short 2 hours and you got to see the African landscape. We were welcomed by Simon, one of the Masaai, and introduced to the area and shown the hut which was amazing and completely authentic. There is nothing touristy about the Massai hut or the people - this is as real they get. We were offered supper and tea and then we all were dressed in traditional costumes and treated to a Massia dance under the stars by the fire. This was magical and I will never experience anything again like this. At dawn (if the clouds clear) you are able to see my kilimanjaro. We went on a 3 hour walk up into the mountains led by two of the Massai's. We saw snakes and tortoises and warthogs and the view from the top was breathtaking. The hut its self is basic, as you would expect, but totally comfortable. The stay at the Massai hut made our African experience and I will never forget it. Thank you!
Masai immersion is an experience you would definitly like to have. For a day, you sleep, dance and eat like a masai. The sorroundings are really beautiful, there is no electricity around, meaning the light you will have will be the one coming from the star-full sky and the moon ... and of course traditional file. Simon and his friends are the generation of masai, that even though dressed up in european style thru the day, at evening they found they way back to the roots and will show you traditional dance and talk about Masai traditions. It is nice to see that this is not lost. Sleeping bed is comfy, but this is not the most important part of this experiece. What is important is meeting super nice people that will show you world you not know.
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About the Host, Edmund
I am a teacher by profession currently living in Nairobi working for a project I founded called Xavier Project. We provide education, employment and media opportunities for refugees living in urban areas. I love Nairobi and enjoy many different aspects of it from the simmering technology revolution to the traditional customs and the simple way of life found in my surrounding neighbourhood. As a result I have a diverse selection of friends here who I can introduce you to and who can give you the full Nairobi story.
I also spend a lot of time in Kampala where my other listings are located. I have been coming to Uganda regularly for the last four years and in that time I ticked a lot of the tourism boxes so I can offer advice on the many opportunities Uganda has to offer. In particular I have developed a walking tour route around Kampala, which has more gems than people give it credit for. If I'm feeling energetic I can take you myself or give you a bespoke map! Included in the itinerary are Kabaka's Palace and Lake, Rubage Cathedral, the minaret at Gaddafi's Mosque (top of - great views), Owino market, the craft shop complex, and Uganda Parliament, wrapping up with a drink in Boda Boda bar overlooking the Golf Course. A very nice afternoon adventure.