The big story behind the Maasai Mara tribe in Kenya – Kenya safari News

By March 12, 2019safari news

The big story behind the Maasai Mara tribe in Kenya

The Maasai are one of the most famous tribes in Africa that a worth a cultural safari experience. They are famous pastoralists who literary believe all cattle belongs to them. These Maasai believe that God gave them exclusive rights over all cattle in the world.

The Maasai tribe is a unique and popular tribe in Kenya due to their long-preserved Kenya culture. Despite education, civilization and western cultural influences, the Maasai people in Kenya have clung to their traditional way of life, making them a symbol of Kenyan culture.

They were a warring tribe and may have dominated Kenya at one time, had there not been three catastrophes that brought them under British rule. In the 1880s there was a Rindepest outbreak that dwindled their herds. This was followed by an outbreak of smallpox and finally, their great leader Mbatyany, died and they could not decide on a new leader. This led to a great deal of fighting amongst themselves during which time the British were able to gain control of the land.

Where do the Maasai people live?

The Maasai people live East Africa in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. The Maasai occupy a total land area of 160,000 square kilometers with a population of approximately one half million people. The Maasai have been custodians of this land for centuries and have kept the environment intact, living in harmony with their cattle and the incredible wildlife of the Maasai Mara Wildlife Game Reserve. They’ve made the Maasai Mara their home for centuries, herding their cattle and existing in balance with wild animals. Taking a Kenya safari to their land is a dream come true for a number of travelers.

A cultural safari in Kenya to the Maasai Mara land

A highlight of any East African safari is a Maasai cultural safari experience that should never miss on your Kenya wildlife safari itinerary. When you interact with these proud pastoralists in their own environment. You will get the chance to engage with locals in their own environment during a Maasai cultural experience. They live in enclosed villages, where you will go on foot. They are normally surrounded by a fence fashioned from thorny acacia branches to keep predators at bay. You will find them dressed in their signature red shuka blankets, adorned with beads and carrying long spears. They will warmly welcome you, be greeted by their headman bearing his a o-rinka – a wooden club and they will start giving you entertainment and make sure you enjoy your stay.

The big story behind the Maasai Mara tribe in Kenya

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