Exclusive African Safari Cultural Visits with the Maasai



Experience the Maasai country and learn about local traditions and culture. Learn about Africa's wildlife through the eyes of the people who protect them. There will be option to volunteer at the local school or health center and make a difference. Our trips are uniquely different from traditional safari trips to Africa. We want to give you a trip of a lifetime that you'll remember for many years to come. Our journey will take you into majestic locations, exceptional encounters with wildlife and local people, a flexible schedule, simple but excellent accommodations throughout. This is a trip of a lifetime.

Global Connections Kenya 
 

Trip Highlights

 
  • Live with the Maasai
  • Meet a Maasai elder and medicine man
  • Meet a local women cooperative and learn about women in the changing world of the Maasai
  • Hike around the Maasai country with Maasai warriors
  • Volunteer at the local health center or school

 

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1 - Arrival in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel

Depart your home country and arrive to Jomo Kenyatta International airport by evening. Meet your driver and guides and transfer to the lodge for overnight and much needed rest.
 
Day 2 - Full day excursion in Nairobi

This morning you'll have time to relax and acclimatize yourself with the local weather and time zone. Activities for the day include a visit to the Giraffe Center and a famous elephant orphanage in the outskirts of Nairobi National Park. Meet orphan elephants and learn about their life at the orphanage and in the wild. You'll have lunch at The Verandah Garden Restaurant located at Utamaduni Craft Centre. Return back to the hotel after lunch for overnight.
 
Day 3 - Spend time with a Maasai medicine man

Shortly after breakfast we'll drive from Nairobi city and arrive to the Maasai village of Merrueshi in time for lunch. We'll make stops along the way when we see something interesting. Upon Your arrival, you'll meet your Maasai hosts and settle into Maasai Simba Camp. The camp is a historical site formerly used by Maasai warriors for training. It has been restored and made accessible for adventure travelers seeking to have authentic cultural experience with the Maasai.
 
Day 4 – Spend time with a Maasai medicine man

This morning we'll start our day with a two-hour safari walk into the bush and return to the camp by 9:00am for breakfast. Depart your camp and visit Merrueshi Primary School and interact with teachers and students of Merrueshi Primary School. The school visit begins with introduction followed by questions and answers between you and Maasai students. You are welcome to visit a classroom and tutor math or English. While it is not mandatory, students are welcome to bring some school supplies such as pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc. and share with their counter part in Kenya. We'll return back to the camp by 12:30pm in time for lunch.After lunch, take a short walk to a nearby village and meet Sipoi, a Maasai tribal elder and medicine man, for a captivating discussion about the Maasai and indigenous medicine. According to the locals Sipoi is not only a medicine man but also a library for oral traditions and history of theMaasai people. Have a seat under an acacia tree and listen to Sipoi, as he display and keenly explain a variety of medicinal plants that has been used by the Maasai for generations to cure tropical diseases. Plants in the savannas of East Africa have many medicinal properties. There is herbal medicine to treat nearly every environmentally caused disease in this part of the world. After meeting with Sipoi return to the camp in time to prepare for soccer game with local kids. We also have a soccer team for students 18 years and above. Return to the camp after the soccer match for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 5 - Savanna Walking Safari

Leave the camp by 6:30am for a 2-3 hours walk across the big sky country, dotted with shrubs and whistle acacia trees, and hike up a beautiful mountain for spectacular views of Merrueshi Group Ranch. Visit a wildlife watering hole and learn about local conservation initiatives for wildlife and habitat conservation. We will take pack breakfast with us and enjoy it on top of the mountain. Descend down to meet Maasai herders in an open pasture land shared with wildebeest, eland, zebra, giraffe, and more wildlife. Return back to the camp in time for lunch and a much needed rest. You can spend this afternoon catching up with your journal. Your day ends with a visit to one of your guide's home for a cup of tea and interaction with his family.
 
Day 6 - Full day excursion to Amboseli National Park

Shortly after an early breakfast we will drive from the village to Amboseli National Park, which covers 150 square miles in southern Kenya, not far from the Tanzanian border. The drive from Merrueshi Village to Amboseli National Park is 30 minutes only. Amboseli is at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa standing 19,340 feet above sea level. In addition to over 1000 elephants there are zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, impala, leopards, lions, hippos, antelope, warthogs, hyenas, cheetah, buffalo, and more than 400 species of birds all gather in the haven of the park. While in Amboseli National Park we'll have a chance to meet with one of the people from Amboseli Trust for Elephants and learn about the plight of elephants in Amboseli eco-system. You will have lunch at Oltukai lodge inside the park. Return to Maasai Simba Camp by 7pm in time for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 7 – Visit the village clinic and learn about rural health

Today we'll start our day with a 2 hours bush-walking safari near Maasai Simba Camp. We'll be back to the camp by 9am in time for breakfast. Shortly after breakfast we'll take a 10-minute walk to Merrueshi Village Clinic and meet the nurses for a discussion about the Maasai and western medicine. This should be a very interesting discussion, especially after meeting the tribal medicine man. Merrueshi Village Clinic is unique for reason that it was started by the villagers in response to their changing culture, climate, and environment. While the villagers still use indigenous medicine they also saw the need and benefits of western medicine. The clinic is made up of a general health center, maternity clinic, and a mobile clinic for villages in the outlying areas. There will be an opportunity for students to accompany the nurses with the mobile clinic for in depth experience on rural health. We will be back to the camp in time for lunch and a visit with the local women cooperative. A meeting with the Maasai women will give you the opportunity to learn about the Maasai world from the women themselves. The women will offer beading opportunity for students wishing to discover their beading talent. Make your own Maasai bracelet.
 
Day 8 – Depart Merrueshi village for your trip back home

Depart the Maasai village of Merrueshi and arrive to Nairobi late in the afternoon. There will be enough time for you to freshen up before heading to Jomo Kenyatta International airport marking the end of your Cultural visit.