Africa XVII: Nomad Tours Day 4, Maasai Warriors

I’m very excited to share with you all the details of my Africa (Kenya/Tanzania) trip, and hopefully it helps you plan your own trip, encourages you to visit these places, or at the very least teaches you about another culture in another part of the world. I loved my Africa experience. To catch you up on my trip, check out all my Africa posts:

Africa I: Planning Logistics + Budgets + Immunizations + Clothing/Gear + Getting There
Africa II: Kenya Stop1, Baby Elephants
Africa III: Kenya Giraffes, Karen Blixen and Artcaffe
Africa IV: Arriving in Moshi + The Good Hope School
Africa V: Kilimanjaro Details
Africa VI: Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 1
Africa VII: Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 2
Africa VIII: Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 3
Africa IX: Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 4
Africa X: Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 5
Africa XI: Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 6 and 7
Africa XII: Nomad Tours Day 1, Visit the Snake Park
Africa XIII: Nomad Tours Day 2, Off to the Serengeti
Africa XIV: Nomad Tours, Our First Game Drive
Africa XV: Nomad Tours Day 3, Game Drives
Africa XVI: Nomad Tours Day 4, Game Drives!

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Last I left off, Erica and I were with our Nomad Tours group for our Serengeti & Zanzibar 10 Day Trek South, where we just finished 2 days out on the Serengeti. Next up, we made our way from the Serengeti to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, stopping off mid-route at a Maasai tribe nearby.

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It cost $10 per person to visit the tribe, but that meant we could take unlimited photos of the people and they would perform a traditional dance for us. It felt a little funny to me, but it was the only way to see these huts close up and share images of the people.

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They began by separating the men and women into two groups and going a traditional  song/dance.

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Check out the video I took of the dance here:

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You can see the men in our group joined in the fun!

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I just love their colorful outfits. The bright colors make them stand out from a distance, so from afar you can spot a Maasai Warrior. I ended up buying one of these outfits (it’s a blanket really) at a shop later in the trip.

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Once this portion finished, they brought us within their compound where they did another form of traditional dance that involved a lot of jumping.

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Here’s a video i took of this dance:

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These guys get some serious air!

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The women do a slightly different jumping dance.

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This little girl is such a cutie.

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Once the dancing ended, we divided into small groups and got to enter different warrior’s homes. I was put with the son of the leader of the tribe. You can see based on the photo above, these homes are only 3-4 feet high. Even crouching low I hit my head on the roof.

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We chatted in the home about their lifestyle and how they make these huts.

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This is a closeup of the ceiling of the hut. You can see that it’s made of found objects like sticks, cardboard and even plastic trash. There’s also no electricity, so it’s very dark in there without any windows.

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Once done with the home tour we walked around their middle courtyard with jewelry they had for sale. These items were very expensive and this tribe was pretty pushy about trying to sell them. This is there only for of income, so I get it, but it was also a bit uncomfortable.

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Next we went to go see the school room within the tribe.

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The kids all sing the alphabet in English and Swahili.

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This child lead the group.

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This kids were so adorable. The one in the photo above is clapping. You can see one child has a Texas University sweatshirt on. When we donate to Goodwill and Salvation Army, the left over clothes make it to Africa where they are given out. This means a lot of Africans are wearing University shirts or shirts with cartoons and other slogans that were popular in the 90’s.

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Such cuties.

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Above beyond the child is a fence to protect against animals and it’s bad of sharp brush.

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As I was leaving the tribe area, this cutie waved goodbye to me.

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Outside the compound we gathered around a couple of the men playing checkers with plastic drink tops. This was common around Tanzania, and what a great way to recycle! Many of the Maasai tribes also wear sandals made of old tire tread.

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Up next… the Ngorongoro Crater for another day of game drives!

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