The beauty of travel is that you meet people of a different culture to ourselves and it is all part of the great experience of life together with the fact that we can now visit places that were unheard of to previous generations. Learning about the culture and customs of other people is one of the great experiences of travel.
For those that have been of a Kenyan Safari, trips to Maasai villages are often on the agenda, these tend to be structured and although informative about how the village functions, they have some commercial aspect as the Maasai womenfolk quickly put out tables with items they have crafted themselves in the hope of making a few Kenyan shillings, nothing wrong with that.
But why not try living amongst a group of Maasai as your holiday accommodation, not the villages themselves; few would pay to sleep in a mud hut with a cooking fire in the centre with hole in the roof for the smoke to go through. One suggestion could be the lodge called Ii Ngwesi which is Kenya’s only safari lodge to be wholly owned and operated by the local Maasai community a luxury one too.
The bedrooms or banda as they are called is built with a view into the bush enabling you to enjoy the sights and sounds of wildlife during the day, and sleep out under the stars in the evening. The rooms have bathrooms with all the amenities of home; the only difference is that the showers are outside, but not in view of anyone except for wildlife and nature while taking a refreshing shower.
Remember try to integrate with the people they love to hear about us as much as we do about them. Remember, you’re not in a zoo, so just don’t stand back and stare. The community you’re visiting may well be just as curious about you.