Day 5 Volunteer Blog – Jamie Reeves

//Day 5 Volunteer Blog – Jamie Reeves

The day we all made our way to the Maasai Mara Safari Weekend!

We left our accommodation at 7.30am heading out of Nakuru on a 7hr journey to the Maasai village.

18 of us were divided into 2 4X4 Safari vehicles. The first 4-5 hrs of our trip was full of laughter and singing.

The main road then came to an end and it turned into an off road adventure for the last 2-3hrs of our journey. The bumpy roads was like getting our own Kenya massage!

We then arrived at Maasai camp where we received a warm welcome from the local tribe.

Lunch was served and then we checked into our tents that had comfy beds, a toilet and a shower at the back of the tent! #GLAMPING

After settling in we headed out to meet the Maasai tribe within their home environment.

They wore blankets that covered from shoulder to knee. They held spears and wooden sticks. They had scared marks on their skin and wore big earrings that stretched their earlobes as a sign of beauty.

They welcomed us with chanting and jumping. We found out that the males jump as high as they can to impress the ladies! So obviously I gave it ago, still single though!

They wrapped me in a blanket and handed me a wooden stick and after joining them with chanting and jumping I soon felt like a local Maasai!

The local wives then greeted us with a Maasai dance.

We then learned about the Maasai culture. The Maasai boys were sent away at the age of 14 for 5 years to become a man, learning how to survive in the wild and to kill his first male Lion. Maasai men usually have more than 1 wife to produce more off spring. Marriages are arranged and a male can only claim his bride by killing a Lion. I’m not convinced this is something that still happens but that was their story!

We were shown how to make a fire by natural resources and then we were invited into the homes of the Maasai tribe.

Their homes are made out of mud and wood. As I walked in I couldn’t see a thing as it was pitch black. I was led into the main living area where there was little light by a small burning fire that was used to cook food and boil water.

We sat with the members of the Maasai house hold where they talked about their lives and enquired about ours.

I was curious about the other rooms and I was allowed to have a peek into what was small bedrooms with wooden straw beds.

We were offered to stay at any time. The members of the house hold then showed us some necklaces and bracelets for sale that had been hand made by themselves so they claim.

We had a laugh at bartering the prices for the items and after purchasing 2 items we left the home of the Maasai family and made our way back to camp for supper.

Supper was served where the group reflected on our experience. More laughter and card games before a good night sleep ready for our epic Safari journey early the next morning.