Maasai is a proud and independent tribal community living in southern
Kenya and northern Tanzania, along the Great Rift Valley. Unlike
those around them, the Maasai managed to protect most of their
traditions and culture from the outside world.
extended Maasai family live in enkang, large fenced-in compounds,
with several mud huts. Cattle, sheep, and goats are kept inside
the enclosure. The Maasai have great family values where children
are raised collectively by the whole community. Food and labor
is shared throughout the village. Land, cattle, and children are
valued most in the Maasai society. Cattle are the backbone of
the Maasai economy.
the Maasai cattle is an equivalent of a checking account for a
westerner. Cattle are sold in local trading markets for the purchase
of clothing, beads, and grain. More recently income from the cattle
is used to pay for children’s school fees. More Maasai girls
and boys are attending schools for a formal education.
Maasai believe in a participatory learning system where young
people shadow their parents and peers and learn life skills needed
to perform critical activities such as livestock herding. Traditionally,
young boys and warriors are responsible for cattle herding while
women and girls are in charge of household chores. It is the responsibility
of men to feed and clothe their families. However, with changing
times, the Maasai way of life has also evolved. It is no longer
uncommon to see a Maasai woman doing paid labor and bringing food
and cloths to her family. For example, several women work at Maasai
Simba Camp and are responsible for their family’s income.
Tribal elders are advisers for day-to-day activities. When you
stay at the Maasai Simba Camp you’ll have the opportunity
to visit a traditional Maasai village and experience it yourself.
You may even have a chance to milk or brand a cow.
and Africa’s Wildlife
is intricate relationship between the Maasai and Africa’s
wildlife. The Maasai have coexisted with lions and elephants since
time immemorial. For the Maasai wildlife is perceived as neighbors
with equal rights to roam across the vast Maasai country without
property limits. This is a different perspective from neighboring
tribes who regard wildlife as nuisance and threat to commercial
the past 10 years the Maasai warriors hunted lions as a rite of
passage. However, things have changed for the better. Today the
Maasai warriors are working as conservation stewards and protecting
lions among other wildlife in the Maasai country. It is common
knowledge that successful habitat and wildlife conservation requires
genuine collaboration with the local people who must be part of
the decision-making body. From experience, the local people are
dedicated to protect wildlife especially when they receive tangible
benefits such as employment, water, and education from wildlife
related activities such as eco-tourism.
Simba Camp not only expands employment and economic opportunities
to the Maasai but also inspires the local people to care and protect
their land and wildlife for future generations.
portion of your stay at Maasai Simba Camp supports a local school,
village clinic, women cooperative, and habitat and wildlife conservation
projects. An estimated 20 villagers (tour guides, drivers, room
attendance, security guards, cooks, and waiters) are employed
by Maasai Simba Camp.
the end of the day each Maasai working at the camp will walk back
home with a hot meal at hand for his family. Your visit to Maasai
Simba Camp will leave a positive mark in the Maasai region. Come
and experience our world with us.
Simba Camp | P.O. Box 231 |
Emali, Kenya |
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lifetime experience awaits you in Kenya!
You make a difference!
Your stay with us helps support our ongoing efforts to empower the Maasai so that we can make better-informed decisions that affect our destiny.
Maasai Simba Camp in partnership with Maasai Association, and the Big Life Foundation is managing the Lion Warrior Program. The Big Life Foundation has trained, equipped, and employed a few game scouts from Merrueshi area. Collaboration with cattlemen from Merrueshi has been the backbone of the Lion Warriors Program.
The aim of Lion Warriors program is to compensate Maasai cattleman for cows lost to lions and ensure sustainable coexistence between lions and the Maasai herdsmen in Merrueshi ranch.
We need the following equipment
Laptop computer, Small printer, GPS, Digital camera, A motor bike - needed to attend incidences as they happen, Animal crossing signs to be place on the newly built highway, Office space (already secured
Please email us for a full budget of this project.
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and take a moderate backpacking trip with the Maasai warriors
across the big sky country. The highlights includes some of the
best views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Ol Donyio Sambu in the rim of
Chyulu Hills National Park as well as hiking along the Kiboko river
– a perfect grazing ground for Maasai giraffe. See wildlife
the Maasai way.