There are many types of safaris out there. Most people consider a safari to be solely about wildlife sightings. Well, let’s rectify that, shall we! There are other types of safaris, like for instance: a cultural safari, which offers a unique opportunity to learn about the lifestyles and cultures of other inhabitants of this world.
In this review, I will take a look at a safari package from G Adventures called: Local living Kenya – Masai Village, involving a total immersion into an authentic Masai village in Kenya.
G Adventures Tour Review…
Your adventure starts and ends in Nairobi. You’ll spend three whole days in a Masai village, named: Maji Moto Camp near the Loita Hills. This region encompasses many landscapes such as vast open plains, hillsides, and small forests. The Loita Hills are situated to the south of Nairobi and northeast of the Masai Mara Reserve.
As part of your cultural safari experience, you will learn about the village life of the Masai people, acquire some survival skills along the way and take part in the cultural activities of the community.
The group size is on average five people. The safari package includes a Chief Experienced Officer (CEO) or if you prefer a tour guide as well as local Masai guides.
This Local Living Kenya – Masai Village experience is for everyone looking to immerse themselves in another way of living. There will be some walking involved throughout your stay. Therefore, you need to be in good physical health. Otherwise, you might find it to be taxing at times!
As soon as you arrive at the Maji Moto Camp, you’ll get down to business right away! First, you’ll spend some time with the women of the village and learn about their daily routine, which includes, but is not limited to cooking, water fetching and as a bonus, you’ll try your hand at making beaded jewelry.
G Adventures also offer as an optional activity, a night drive to observe the wildlife. Don’t expect to see the big five animals, they are not present in the Loita Hills region. The wildlife known to be wandering around in the area includes; zebras, gazelles, monkeys, giraffes, and ostriches!
On your second day in the village, you will go on an excursion with the Masai warriors and will learn some survival skills, such as how to make fire with a stick, track the wildlife, and also how to throw a spear and much more. As part of the warrior training experience, you’ll sleep in the bush under the stars.
During the last evening spent in the Maji Moto Camp, you will participate in a blessing ceremony, where there is much dancing, singing and telling stories, which constitutes an opportunity to find out more about their beliefs and their cultures. Moreover, while you are at it, don’t forget to try out the local brew-honey beer!
During your stay in the Maji Moto Camp, you can either sleep in tents, where G Adventures are providing the mats and bedding. Alternatively, if you want, you can upgrade your accommodations to a mud hut also known to the Masai people as Manyattas. However, if you wish to sleep in the Manyattas, you have to request the upgrade at the booking of your vacation, since the number of places available is limited.
About the amenities, they are as you might have guessed, very rustic. There are toilets and sinks on the site, and as far as the showers are concerned, you will be able to shower into an outdoor private facility, but you better get your bucket ready!
A Cautionary Tale…
Overall, all the customer reviews are giving high praise to the Local Living Kenya – Masai Village safari experience.
However, on the negative side, it has been reported that the Masai are renowned to exert undue pressure on the tourists, so they buy souvenirs, in other words, some Masai people are using aggressive sales tactics! Of course, G Adventures do not endorse these practices.
Therefore, if you are not comfortable or don’t want to be badgered during your vacation, you should ask your CEO for some advice, on how best to proceed to avoid any unpleasantness during your vacation. Alternatively, this trip might simply not be for you!
Local living Kenya – Masai village from G Adventures offer an opportunity of a lifetime to discover another way of living through a cultural immersion amongst the Masai People, the most famous tribe in East Africa!
This cultural safari enables you to experience truly the day-to-day life of the Masai people, by letting you try your hand at daily chores performed by the women of the village and learning survival skills taught by the warriors.
If you don’t want to go on a sightseeing vacation, but instead you are looking for a different kind of adventure, you should consider this safari package. This local living experience will most certainly give you a new take on life!
If you are eager to discover another lifestyle through cultural immersion, I highly recommend that you book your local living adventures in Kenya by clicking here!
If you have any questions about this cultural immersion or have a cultural experience that you would like to share, please leave a comment below. I will get back to you promptly!