Monday, April 14, 2014


On Monday morning we chose to go visit a Massai village, instead of our mid morning game drive.  We were greeted by the chief, who was extremely accommodating.  Although he was the 4th son, he was chosen to be the chief when he was 6 years old because he showed strong leadership abilities at that young age. 

I felt like I had stepped back in time 3,000 years.  This is seriously how they live. 

They raise cattle and they build their homes from cow dung.  The keep their cows in the center of the circle of huts, so the ground is totally made of several feet of dried cow dung. 

These people are very happy with their lives and don’t want things to change.  However, some of the money from donations from the camp we stayed in, and some of our hefty National Park fees ($70 per person per day… for a total of $420 for us) has gone towards  building a big school for 420 children in the area.  They now allow girls to go to school, so I imagine things will change some in the next generation.

They performed for us and had me join in.   
At the end of the tour, we were given the opportunity to do some "shopping".  Even the little girls were trying to sell their crafts. 

Our driver and guide’s name was John and he was excellent.  Although he has worked at our camp for 14 years, and wears a nice uniform and works with guests with lots of money, he loves his life as a Masai.  He has many wives (it is custom not to tell how many) .   A few years ago he went to the US to find another wife.  However, he was disgusted with all of the American girls because they were "weak".  They wouldn’t agree to pick up cow-dung!  The Masai women repair the houses regularly with a paste made of cow-dung. 

I left appreciating this culture and these good people.  However,  I AM SOOOO GLAD I AM ME!


1 comment:

  1. Oh my word!! That is so crazy!! And how hilarious that he thought he could come to the US and talk some lady into moving to Africa to live with multiple wives in a house made of cow dung!!!