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Meet the Maasai

Authentic encounters in Kenya’s pride lands

As a Journeysmith, we want you to get to know the people through whose lands you tread. Not only is it respectful, but it’s a much richer way to travel. The Maasai community is a stakeholder in many of the lodges and camps we work with, and you will be warmly welcomed if you choose to visit a Maasai homestead.

For a more intense cultural education, consider travelling north east to Samburu to join Saruni Samburu’s Warrior Academy. Highly interactive, you will study under the tutelage of moran (warriors), who will share with you firsthand their expertise in the bush. It is a completely immersive experience. You will learn to track elephant and leopard, following prints and poo. There are classes in survival skills, building bush camps, tending goats, and, of course, how to effectively wield a spear and fire a bow and arrow. The academy can be combined with more conventional safari activities, and runs from one day programmes to a week.
 
For something even more authentic, travel up into the Mathew’s Mountains to Sarara Camp where you can enjoy the privilege of visiting the Singing Wells, so private is this experience that guests respectfully agree not even to take photographs.