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Cultural experiences in Kenya
Visiting local villages, learning about the Maasai, Samburu, Turkana and the Swahili communities are activities that are often part of our safari packages. Directly or indirectly you will come in contact with local communities for example the Maasai. Most safari camps in the Masai Mara are run by the Maasai and when on Safari in the Masai Mara you will see them walking with their herds and pass by their villages.
Kenya offers a rich variety of cultural experiences with plenty of involvement with local villages. Travellers often get the opportunity to learn about Maasai, Samburu, Turkana, Swahili and other communities and take part in activities.
Occasionally it's even possible to take part in traditional ceremonies or visit schools, do a village visit on market day.
Ofcourse even the nomadic lifestyles of the tribes are infused by the conventions of modern life but they are still verry rooted in their traditions and close to nature lifestyles.
Over forty different languages are spoken in the tribes/groups of Kenya.
The Maasai, Samburu and Turkana, have held onto traditional clothing and lifestyles in much of their range.
- The Maasai live mainly off their livestock, including cattle, goats and sheeps. They are semi-nomadic but these days they tend to live in small settlements of 8-15 houses that are protected by a circular fence (an enkang) built of thornbushes by the man of the community
- The Samburu are related to the Maasai.They arrived in Kenya from the upper Nile region in South Sudan in the 16th and 17th centuries. And both speak the Maa Language. The Samburu diet consists of milk and blood extracted from cows. Eating of meat is for special occasions. In the Masai and Samburu culture dancing plays a significant rol. Traditonally the men dance in a circle and jump high from a standing position.
- The Turkana are an pastoral community in Northern Kenya. Like all herders, they traditionally lived nomadic lifes. Moving from one place to another following the seasons in search off pasture and water for their animals. Aldo times are changing the old cattle culture is still vitally important. Fishing is the biggest source of food for those living close to Lake Turkana.
Our favourite places for cultural experiences in Kenya
Base Camp Masai Mara is run by the Maasai People and as much a home as it is a tourism destination. Here guests become more than visitors, they become part of the Maasai community. We welcome you to join us around the fireplace, for story sharing, star gazing and Maasai social activities.
The Camp is Gold Rated Eco-friendly and President Obama visited the Camp when he was the president.
Samburu Sopa Lodge The lodge is placed within the ancestral lands of samburu who are in closed relation to the Masai.
Traditional dances, nature walks and more cultural activities are possible.