My Life as A Maasai Warrior2 day/1 Night
Above 8 years$2679 pp
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Above 8 years$7367 2 adult + 1 child
$9047 2 adult + 2 children
$9924 2 adult + 3 children
This experience is part of the My Maasai Life Series. For those wanting to enrich themselves about this noble culture, it’s an interactive, personal, and intimate insight into what it’s like living in a traditional society.
To maximise the time in the community you will be transported there by helicopter. The journey there will give you an incredible view of the landscapes that are part of Kenya and you will land adjacent to the village. And at the end of the day, you will spend the night in a homestead that, once again, you will have for your exclusive use. And your personal chef will prepare your dinner and breakfast. An amazing property with views of the mountains around you.
This experience has you meeting a young moran(warrior) whose perspective on his cultural identify will probably amaze you. For a young Maasai man (there have been certain ritualised events that mark his transition from child to young warrior. His role became less of carefree days enjoyed as a child, to someone whose primary responsibility is defending his family and community from all manner of threats.
Today, threats to himself, his clan and community are mainly those that come from wild animals that stalk their herds. And whether this is a threat to them personally or to their clan or community, the role of defender is their responsibility.
And marriage of a young Maasai warrior plays a large part in their life and one of the expectations of their community. The stresses involved in negotiating a bride’s dowry can, however, result in failure and where both parties walk away. So, marriage is not assured, and this only acts as a pressure point in a young morans life.
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A Spectacular Helicopter Flight
You will begin the day with a spectacular helicopter journey. The flight will take you towards Ngong before flying down to where you host, and her family live. This short flight of 20 – 30 minutes will give you an outstanding view not only of Nairobi but of the amazing landscapes along the way. This flight is exclusively for you and/or your party and will be something you will talk about for years to come.
You Are Met by Your Host
After being met by your moran host, he will walk you down to his village and his home. It’s short stroll through traditional acacia trees and open savanna. And it is in the village and his home where your day will be spent.
A Song and Dance Welcome
Upon entering the village, you will receive a traditional song and dance welcome. It’s a great introduction to Maasai life which is told in song and the rhythm and beat of their music is infectious.
Being Dressed as a Maasai
Being dressed as a Maasai for your day is also part of the experience and you will also be adorned with the gender specific adornments that the Maasai are well known for. And with a traditional Shuka (blanket) around your shoulders it will complete your transformation for this amazing day.
Sitting Down with Your Host in His Manyatta
The day’s events and discussions with the young moran will be conducted in his traditional home (called a manyatta). The discussion will cover:
The stages of life or rites of passage that every male Maasai child will go through until they enter ‘manhood’ where they become a ‘moran’
The cultural rituals, customs and practices that are associated with the rights of passages and most notably those that have to do with becoming a moran
There will be a demonstration of physical tasks required to become a moran, and that they must master before they ‘pass the test’
There are also demonstrations of the defensive nature taken by morans to avoid the dangers of predatory wildlife
Your host will also outline what he had to endure when taken to the bush by the village elders in preparation for the upcoming rituals
The rituals of courting in Maasai society and the role of families in the process
The obligations that come with marriage regarding family, the clan and broader community and.
The expectations of the community in relation to having children of their own
How is it likely that the upbringing of his own children will be different from his own?
Your Moran Host Demonstrates His Skills
A daily life spent herding the Maasai’s herds of cattle, goats and sheep inevitably means contact with wildlife predators. The young Maasai will show you his skills of defending himself and his herd. And for his part, he will demonstrate:
How swiftly he can climb a tree to escape and:
How to defend himself when up the tree with an assortment of different clubs and spears each having a different purpose And he will also demonstrate one of the skills of his initiation into manhood that being:
How to throw a club and clear a tall tree which is a skill that the Maasai practice for months. Failure to clear the tree means that a young man cannot become a moran. You can also pit yourself against the Maasai in this club throwing experience – it’s great fun!
An Amazing Homestead and Your Own Chef
Your overnight accommodation is 10 minutes from the Maasai village where you have spent the day. This amazing 4 bedroom, all on-suite property has spectacular views over the nearby mountains. It’s the perfect place to relax for the evening and to enjoy the views and where you will have dinner. And to make it a memorable day, you have the services of your own chef who will prepare your dinner as you relax. You have the entire property for you exclusive use.
A Twilight Visit
And before you sit down for dinner you have one last treat for the day. You will be visited at twilight by a group of Maasai singers from the local tribe who will give you a 20-minute rendition of melodious songs. These songs capture the essence of the Maasai
Dine, Wine and Relax Some More
And when all the singing is done, your dinner awaits. Time to kick back and relax with a glass of wine and your time is your own
A Leisurely Breakfast Begins the Day
Your chef is on hand to prepare breakfast to kick off the day to a great start and it's a leisurely and relaxed start to the day.
Breakfast is mostly taken on the outside terrace which has magnificent views of the nearby mountains. It's a great panoramic vista that really captures the essence of the life and environment of the local Maasai tribes.
A Chance to Buy Some Arts and Crafts
As a memento of your visit, you will receive a handmade Maasai wristband that will hold fond memories for you of your time with your Maasai host. And in addition to this, your Maasai host will display a selection of Maasai jewellery and curios which have been made by the villagers.
Leaving the Village for The Journey Home
You will depart the village mid-morning with your personal guide Nairobi enroute to you next experience.
Day 2 (afternoon) A Community Visit to Entrepreneurial Grandmas
On your way back to your hotel (The Western Hotel) you will visit a project that is turning around the lives of grandmas in a local community. You meet some engaging and entrepreneurial grandmothers who are beating their generational cycle of poverty. Many Kenyan grandmothers play a vital role in raising their grandchildren and extended families, and you'll visit a pig farm, which is a project supported by One Horizon and travellers like yourself to improve the livelihoods of grandmothers by empowering them through small-scale farming. They invite you to assist with farming activities, join in some joyful singing and dancing over a cup of local tea or chai, and by sharing lots of laughter and listening to their inspirational stories, you'll get a real insight into the strength and resilience of these remarkable Kenyan women.
Full board accommodation & drinks (Water, juice, tea and coffee, all house wines, spirits, beers & soft drinks)
Private and exclusive vehicles for return transfers from the International Airport (JKIA) or Wilson Airport at the beginning and end of your tour
Private and exclusive homestead use
Private dining and your own chef to prepare dinner and breakfast at the homestead
Private charter helicopter flight
An image and video compilation of your journey
A Maasai shuka (traditional blanket) and Maasai wristband as a memento of your visit
Toni, USAI wanted to take a moment to say thank you for an incredible two days! The trips were beyond incredible and inspiring. Carol was a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable and welcoming. I can't wait to share my experience with everyone back home and also look forward to sharing the photos she took. I hope to accomplish something as profound as you have, in my coming years! You’ve affected change to so many, it's truly incredible.
Jan, AustraliaAnother inspirational day - A unique African experience in a traditional Masai village What an incredible day spent with this traditional Maasai family. They shared their stories and I listened with tears in my eyes. We spent the morning with Daniel and his son Emanuel. Daniel has 50 siblings!!! Emanuel explained the cultural journey from boyhood to manhood and his mother, later in the day, shared her experience. The practice of circumcision continues today. It is a day I will remember forever and their stories will remain in my heart. Caroline, our guide also shared her remarkable story. The work done by One Horizon is nothing short of life changing for these people. I would recommend anyone travelling to Nairobi to be a part of one of these experiences. The money paid for these trips go into the program.