This is going to be a post that is FULL of pictures. Get ready!
In case you haven’t caught up, read the first part of my Tanzania village recap HERE!
We walked out of our hotel in Arusha, Tanzania after breakfast to find these massive off roading trucks waiting for us. We were going to ride for 4 hours in these things! We loaded water and our luggage underneath the truck seats, prayed for safe travels, and started the drive.
As soon as we got to the village, we set up our tents and tried to communicate with the families in the huts nearby. At first, the kids were very shy; some probably hadn’t seen white people before and most definitely hadn’t seen such a large commotion (with trucks, bags, and tents getting set up) happen in their village! We found that cameras were a great way to talk or express what we wanted to say to the Maasai. They LOVED pictures! I would take 5 or 6 at a time, the kids would all crowd around me, and I would flip through and point everyone out. Their mamas would watch at a distance, smiling with approval and laughing when their kids made funny faces on camera.
The Maasai tribe lives in Kenya and the northern part of Tanzania. They are well known for how they dress and their traditions. Look at the photo above and you’ll see a plaid-like patterned wrap (called “Shuka”); this was how you identified Maasai in the village or on the outskirts of the city. Their people are pastoralists, meaning their lives are dedicated to farming and herding. They are historically nomadic. They are beautiful people. Continue Reading