The Maasai

The Ancient Nilotic Tribe Of Warriors


The Maasai are an ancient tribe of warriors who migrated to East Africa from the lower Nile valley, north of Lake Turkana, around 600 years ago. Today, there is thought to be a population of around 1.5 million Maasai living in Kenya and northern Tanzania, covering a total area of approximately 160’000 square kilometers. The Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe that depend on their livestock for sustenance as well as recognition of social status; the number of livestock belonging to a single family is a direct representation of that family’s wealth. Traditionally, their diet relied on milk, meat and blood from their cattle. The ritual of drinking blood is performed on special occasions and ceremonies, such as births and weddings. In more recent years they have adapted to become less reliant on their cattle as a food source and have started to subsidize their diet with locally produced foods such as maize and rice. The Maasai live in Bomas (or Kraals) that are arranged in a circular fashion and are built from the raw materials made available to them by their environment. Culturally, the Maasai are one of the most recognizable tribes of Africa due to their adherence to their distinctive customs and dress.

The Maasai cultural exchange experience is available in Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. During a Maasai experience, you will visit the Bomas of a settlement where you will be introduced to its residents and their way of life. A Maasai experience is one of the most rewarding experiences of a visit to Africa.


The Maasai


The Maasai experience can take place at any stage throughout the day, however early in the morning or late afternoon are the best times to visit. The experience begins with an introduction, followed closely by an in-depth tour of the Bomas. You will also get to know more about their way of life, including the strong significance of cattle in their everyday life. 

Serengeti National Park

Ngorongoro Crater 

Private Concessions & Game Reserves 

A Maasai cultural exchange experience typically last between 1 and 2 hours. 

"What an amazing and humbling experience. I think a visit to a Masai village is a must for anyone who visits the area."

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