9 Days Nilotic Cultural Safari

Amboseli N.P /Samburu G.Re /Lake Baringo / Masai Mara G.Re and Nairobi.
A fast track tour covering Maasai, Samburu, Pokot and Turkana. Multiplication of livestock exalts the life and culture of the Nilotes, they are militaristic in attitude and their life is based on age-set organization. Their occupation is cattle/goats rearing and so they mainly live on milk and meat.

They socially own their grazing land. The Nilotes are mainly pastoralists, more often leading semi-nomadic life. The Maasai who live in the plains of much of north-eastern Tanzania and Kenya is a well-known group of the Nilotes. These are the only tribes grouping that have maintained their culture despite of pressure of the modern life and technology.

Arrive -Nairobi Masai Safri Lodge (BB)

Day 1. Arrive this morning or in the evening in the city of Nairobi and transfer to the Lodge which borders Nairobi N/P and a scenic sun -set.

Amboseli N/P Masai Village-Ololorashi Tented Camp (FB)

Day2. Depart after early breakfast to Amboseli N/P at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest to enter the park by early afternoon. Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in the dry season, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination. It is surrounded by 6 communally owned group ranches. Amboseli is famous for its big game, its great scenic beauty - the landscape is dominated by MT Kilimanjaro and cultural immersion among the Maasai. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Amboseli N/P Mama Africa Eco-Tented Camp (FB)

Day3. Dawn game drives before breakfast. The snows of the mountain forms a majestic backdrop to one of Kenya's most popular spectacular displays of wildlife creating Kenya's most sought after photographer's paradise. Check out and drive to the upper catchment of Amboseli along Mt. Kilimanjaro forest glades.

Scenic landscape and cultural diversity among other tribes that have co-existed with the Maasai and also how the Maasai have adopted modern life. Dinner and overnight.

Samburu G/Re Samburu Village (FB)

Day 4 & 5. Early breakfast and depart to Samburu with stop over in Nanyuki for lunch. Two days of cultural immersion and walking. Usually the Samburu live in small settlements (nkang) of 1-3 families. Each of these families may be composed of a man and two or more wives, since Samburu practice polygynous marriage. Settlements may sometimes be larger, particularly the lorrora, a settlement of 50 or more families coming together for the ritual initiation of a new age set. Married men (Lpayen) are figures of authority in Samburu culture distinguished between junior elders, fire stick elders (lpiroi), senior elders, retired elders.

An age set moves together through these stages. Women usually marry between the ages of 15 and 17--often to men 10-40 years their senior. Return to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon extensive visits and cultural dance at age 15-20 young men are initiated into an age set. This group forms a man's peer group for his entire life. Group moves together through distinctive age grades including while warriors, lmurran, (ages approx. 15-30)may not marry or eat food seen by women (except milk and blood) and are distinguished by their braided hair style. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Lake Baringo Roberts Camp (FB)

Day6 . Depart after breakfast to Lake Baringo via Mugie ranch / Loruk one of the lakes on the floor of the Rift Valley. Scenic landscape with clear views of the Tugen Escarpment which part of the western Rift
Valley escarpment while on the East the Aberdares ranges establish themselves on the horizon.

Arrive in time for lunch, later boat excursions to the central island of the lake home to the Njemps people closely related tribe to the Masai though unlike the Masai who are pastoralists their main activity is fishing using traditional boats made of reeds and palms wood.

The lake host various birdlife including the fantastic Fish eagle and hippos which can be seen grazing early morning and evenings. Visit the Pokot village Pokot a nomadic tribe that live on the hash dry and remote parts of the Rift Valley.

Masai Mara G/Re Ilariak Eco-Lodge (FB)

Day7 &8. Depart to Masai Mara after an early breakfast to arrive in time for lunch. Morning games drives and afternoon cultural immersion.

The Maasai live in the semi-arid Rift Valley region of Kenya and Tanzania. They own large herds of cattle, sheep and goats which they follow around seasonally in search of new grazing grounds and water sources. Traditionally the Maasai have always been a proud and independent tribe.

They did not cultivate the land and depend on a cash economy as many of those around them did, rather they lived off the blood, milk and meat that their cattle provided them. Cattle plays a central role in the life of the Maasai. Cattle represents food and power; the more cattle a Maasai has, the richer he is and therefore the more power and influence he will have within his tribe.

Nairobi Departure

Day9. After breakfast drive to Nairobi to arrive in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure, farewell dinner before been transferred to the airport for departure.

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