The Maasai of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

I’ll never forget my first meeting with a Maasai…

While withdrawing cash from an ATM in Arusha, the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, a swathe of red fabric caught my eye, and I turned to see an impossibly tall Maasai tribesman in full traditional dress withdrawing money from the machine next to me!  Something I will never forget.

While it is estimated that some 1 million Maasai live in Kenya and Tanzania, due to the nomadic lifestyle of these proud warriors, the true number remains unconfirmed. But if you are heading to the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater on a safari holiday, the chances of seeing Maasai tribes are high, but they do not like to be photographed, and prefer to be left in peace to go about their daily lives.

A fascinating tribe that somehow manages to preserve its traditions and culture, despite living so close to western influences, the Maasai really are an iconic symbol of Africa, and only once you have seen them for yourself, will you realise just how bright, colourful and beautiful they really are…

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