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Tired of all the animals? You can visit a Masai village for some culture.....
The village is located in the Amboseli Park. We were welcomed by Richard, who was in charge, he also collected the entrance fee of 1000 Shilling (about 15 US$).
Then there was a welcomesong and dance by the entire village. Richard told us all about the cattle, the village and their lives. We were allowed to see the inside of one house. Only 6 of us at one time, because it is very small.
Then we were brought to the back of the compound to see some souvenirs (and they would like us to buy it for ridiculous high prices)
The last stop was the small schoolbuilding. Richard here told us the school was not finished yet, and he could use our money........

It was a bit of a commercial experience, we felt like we were a bag of money they wanted to open. The story about the Masai not wanting to obey to the government, and therefor not getting any money to built their school, was not very convincing. (They don't pay taxes to that government either, so the entrancefee is all for them)

But it was nice to see something else and it was certainly a great oppertunity to take pictures of the Masai people. Our pictures can be found in the travelogue at our Rift Valley Province page.

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  • Updated Nov 14, 2004
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