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Walking safaris with Maasai naturalists at Angama Mara

June 16, 2016 Tour Operator No Comments Print Print Email Email

A solitary elephant melts into the forest as you walk through the Great Rift Valley with your personal Maasai naturalist.

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Ancient customs are told in the traditional story telling way as you live and breathe the life of the Maasai whilst discovering the Oloololo Escarpment.

Walking safaris at Angama Mara are tailor-made for every guest, and every fitness-level is taken into consideration. Depending on the time of day, and the length of walk, they can include picnic baskets, blankets, or even a lift back to the lodge. From a gentle 2-hour stroll to a full day’s walk, guests can choose exactly how they would like to discover Africa on foot.

Five facts you will learn from the Maasai when you travel to Angama Mara are:

1.   The Maasai greet friends by spitting on one another and when a child is born the Masai will spit on it as a blessing. When greeting elders a Maasai warrior will spit in his hand before offering it to be shaken as a sign of respect.

2.   The language of the Maasai is a spoken language called Maa. As they have such a strong oral tradition they usually do not write anything down.

3.   There are over 1 million Maasai with most recent records showing 841,622 of them in Kenya and 430,000 in Tanzania

4.   Cows are king. They are the most important aspect of the Maasai’s lives. A good herd of cattle is an equivalent sign of wealth to a Ferrari.

5.   The Maasai are semi nomadic. They move themselves and their livestock to the tune of a communal land management system based on season rotation.

Angama Mara will unlock the secrets of the Maasai and their land on safari from $AUD1100 per night per person. Rates include all safaris into the Mara Triangle, walking safaris on the escarpment, all meals and drinks (except French Champagne), baby sitting, laundry service, emergency medical evacuation insurance.

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