Visit to a Maasai Village

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
Trip End Dec 10, 2011

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

We left Crayfish Camp not quite ready for the long drive ahead.  We stopped at a souvenir shop that was too expensive for most everyone.  We then stopped for lunch at a rest stop with another expensive souvenir shop.  Frederick had told us that we would be stopping at shops that might be more expensive, but they had good quality crafts.

Later we stopped in a small town where I bought some postcard stamps.  I walked around with  some of the others to see what was there.  It was a very busy town -- no cappucino or bug spray for Christine. 

We had been in the Great Rift Valley for some time now and we were entering the Masai Mara National Reserve.  We drove over varying landscapes with some interesting trees-  like cacti or succulents.  They looked a lot like euphorbia.  They were later identified as candalabra trees, a type of euphorbia.   There were also a lot of sisal plants.  They are a type of agave, originating in the Yucatan it is believed and spreading to East Africa.   It is used in rope making primarily

We were ahead of schedule so we stopped at a Maasai cultural village where we could take all the photos we wanted.  Heaven for tourists!  The Maasai guide Mike was quite handsome.  The men/boys did several dances for us ending in the lion dance with the lion headdress.  Then the women danced and we tried to dance with them. 

After that, they divided us into pairs to visit a house.  The house had a kitchen, bed for parents, bed for 6 kids, a room for sheep and goats and a room for cows.  We took photos and were offered Tanzanian white stone necklaces for $20.  I bought a Maasai shuka (blanket/robe) for $10 to get us off the hook for the necklaces - plus I rather liked them - the bright red color.  Some of the others complained about feeling awkward with the sales approach of putting necklaces around your neck and not wanting to take them off.

The Maasai men and women wore their colorful red and yellow cloaks.  We had begun to see the Maasai herdsmen with their flocks of sheep and goats and herds of cattle along the road.  The pastureland ranges from flat to rolling hills in this area.  After visiting the houses, we could go out into the village open area where the women were assembled in a large circle with their wares - mostly jewelry and beading.  I had run out of money to pay for my blanket so I was running around trying to get money from Juliet or go back to the truck to my secret stash.

After the Maasai village, we arrived at Acacia Camp, which was a real treat.  We have platform tents and bed/cots and a lock on the tent door.  What a luxurious feeling!  I am now sitting on our veranda with our shared Tusker beer before dinner.  I feel a little guilty about not helping Endry with dinner but wanted to catch up on this travel journal.  We tried to stay up at night and sat at the Exodus people's camp fire.  They told us they had seen cheetahs on their game drive.

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