When you embark on a safari holiday, you can expect to see huge concentrations of wild animals and vast expanses of African wilderness, but one of the most incredible experiences available to you is meeting a real African tribe and getting an insight into their culture. On a Kenya safari this can be arranged, offering you the most unique and fascinating cultural trip you’ll ever take.
There are over 40 tribes in Kenya, all of which are known for their unique culture, history, values, religion, language and lifestyle. The “Masai” are the most famous tribe not only in Kenya, but in all of Africa. Although the 300,000 of them make up about 2 per cent of the country’s population, they are a true symbol of Kenya.
Their distinctive dress and long preserved culture have made them an international symbol of African tribal life. The “Masai” arrived in what is today Central Kenya over 500 years ago and it is thought that the warriors and soldiers by instinct were once part of a lost Roman legion that deserted from the southern fringes of the Roman Empire.
The “Masai” people live in a “boma” – a circular group of houses built by the women using mud, grass, and cow-dung. They dress in red sheets known as shuka which are wrapped around the body and many have beaded jewellery worn around their neck and arms. Cattle play a major role in the life of the “Masai” people as it represents food and power. Apart from special occasions, the “Masai” do not eat their animals, they only trade them in exchange for crops. They do however drink the blood of the animals to gain important nutrients for their bodies.
“Warriors for a Week” is a special type of safari that aims to be educational and give families the opportunity to learn about wildlife, wilderness and the lifestyles of Africa’s most well-known tribe, the “Masai.” Families will be giving a real insight into the way these unique people live and be able to learn bush skills and folklore needed to survive in one of the richest wildlife regions in Africa. Not only will you assist in wildlife tracking following the likes of elephants and big cats, you’ll learn how to use bows, arrows and spears, how to build a bush camp and will have the chance to visit a local Masai village. This incredible experience is available at “Saruni Camps” in Kenya’s Masai Mara or Samburu.
In contrast to the African culture experienced on a safari, the cuisine on offer in many of the luxury camps is exquisite. One of the most exciting aspects of Kenyan food is its diversity of flavours. Chefs draw upon a variety of ethnic traditions adding tastes of Indian, Arab, European and Pakistani foods. As well as having a choice of good meats, Kenya can offer some delicious fish and seafood due to its location near to the Indian Ocean. There’s always time for some tea on safari too; the tea named chai is drank with milk and sugar but is made with more spice and tastes a lot sweeter than normal. View some of the tasty dishes available on a Kenya safari.
This article was posted by one of our guest contributors, Kelly who recently embarked on a Safari in Kenya. As a tribute to her travels in Africa, Kelly was also part of the production of the new cookbook, Kenya safari. We thank Kelly for sharing the stories of her adventures in Kenya and hope it inspires us all to add a little adventure into our own lives.