Our new one day people safari, called Masai Magic, is a grass roots and amazing experience for travellers who want to immerse themselves in Masai life and learn about Masai culture.
We visit a traditional village, located in the Rift Valley Province, which is less than an hour’s drive from Nairobi. It’s a village where Masai families live and its community members have been participating in One Horizon’s women’s and youth programs for a number of years. Visiting the village and connecting with its families provides travellers with the most authentic Masai experience within the Nairobi environs.
The day is conducted in and around six manyattas which are the homes of the villagers. The experience embraces walking down the valley with a Masai herdsman, having a short eco tour of the valley hosted by a village elder as well as being part of a discussion about marriage, dowries, family structures, multiple wives and FGM. And you will hear about it all from Masai women who live it every day. It is unique, challenging and sometimes confronting. You can also help prepare lunch cooked with our hosts or help build a manyatta with the locals singing and dancing as the backdrop.
Connect – Contribute – Change
It’s an inspiring day that will change your life and the lives of the Masai people in the village. One Horizon’s unique approach to sustainable tourism involves our travellers in day-to-day village life and their tour fees help fund our One Horizon Programs That Change Lives.
As one of our guests, Anthony from the USA said, “This was out in the country, no tourists in sight, just farmland, cattle and a real family with real trials and obstacles they have overcome. We loved the experience”. And another guest, Miriam said, “This excursion was the best one I’ve ever experienced. From the amazing driver/tour guide, to the women’s amazing stories, to learning so much about their village. Their hospitality was superb.”
Bookings are essential and One Horizon will pick up and return guests to their Nairobi hotels. All activities and discussions are facilitated by One Horizon’s Kenyan staff – because of our work in the community, their perspective is important in understanding how this community is responding to change. The village hosts guests from Monday to Saturday.