"Masai: businessmen" Top 5 Page for this destination Kenya Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Myndo

Kenya Warnings and Dangers: 116 reviews and 77 photos

  Masai in Twiga Camp
by Myndo

This is not supposed to be a general warning of the people here. They are generally quite friendly, especially if they feel they can sell you something. They are very used to tourists and quite the businessmen. So the will show you their village ? for 10-15 Dollar you can get it -including a demonstration of their dances and a visit to a hut and of course the possibility to buy some of their souvenirs: necklages etc.

Never ever try to make a picture of one without permission. Not only they will get very angry and will make you pay for it. Much. Shoot out of a driving car and you are apt to get stones and sticks thrown at it.

Some of the masai are very good looking and they do a lot for it: they wear makeup in red and black, do their hair in fine braids, wear yewellery of tiny pearl on the neck, the ankles, the wrists on the head and on the clothes. Classically they wear red clothes or at least with much red in it. The feet are bare or they wear sandals, sometimes made of old tires.
I am not going to get into the theme how difficult a relation between different cultures can be. There are enough books on them, already, for Massai check the book: "the white Massai". She was swiss, he a Massai, they married. I guess she had the pink glasses on. She tried to live like them. It did not work out.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Feb 19, 2006
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Wherever you go, there you are.”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 5 9
Forum Rank:
0 1 7 4 4

Have you been to Kenya?

  Share Your Travels