Masai village

Dec 22nd, 2010, 08:52 PM
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"...faint banana flavour"
Mine also after eating a banana pie and downing a few brewskis

You know why I don't like banana yogurt?
'Cause it tastes like monkey c_m !!!

and Merry Christmas to ALL!!!

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Dec 23rd, 2010, 07:08 AM
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As per your request, Lynn, Esilalei Maasai Village is situated in the wildlife corridor between Tarangire and Manyara. This community is an example of how to bring together an indigenous community which has been marginalized because of tourism, with those tourists who come to see and experience all the treasures Tanzania has to offer. Sustainable tourism, or sustainable development programs such as this mean that the community can carry on with most aspects of it's traditional way of life, but with the added benefits of having a local school, medical care, and a well (for example). The whole notion of sustainable tourism is tourism development that avoids damage to the environment, economy and cultures of the locations where it takes place.

The Maasai owner of the safari company with whom I travel has relatives in 2 Maasai bomas I've visited in the past. One of these is at Makayuni in the same conservation corridor as Esilalei. It has not been able to benefit from the tourism that has driven it into such poverty and as such has no local school or medical care. The other is on the rim of the Crater and, although it is not a tourism boma, is doing very well mostly because their cattle can access water in the Crater.

pixelpower, I take exception to your "Those villages are 100% fake and purely made for tourists. After dark, they are as dead as disco" remark although I agree that (as in the bomas I visit), there are all levels of poverty and wealth among these indigenous populations.

For me, including cultural activities in a safari program enriches my overall experience while traveling.
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Dec 23rd, 2010, 08:27 AM
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Well said Calo

There are "tourist" places all over the world
that function to show us tourist ,how life once was and in part perhaps still is.

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Dec 23rd, 2010, 07:45 PM
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We also paid $60 for a Maasai village visit when we went to Tanzania last year with Good Earth (private tour, just my daughter and me). Our guide Raphael suggested we visit a village close to Mto Wa Mbu rather than Ngorongoro, and we drove quite a bit off road to get there. The area was so dry and dusty, I don't remember seeing a single shrub. There were only a few women and kids at the village when we got there but soon all the men arrived from the field as if by magic. Raphael was amused that they were able to cover such long distances so fast. They did dance for us, the women sang, we were invited to one of their huts and the woman inside showed us the different partitions and how she cooked. Fascinating. Two of the women took us around the village and explained how they built the huts and protected the cattle at night, with Raphael translating. After that, we walked down the hill to visit the Maasai school, the Eunoto Primary School. The three young male teachers took us to each classroom and the kids clapped and sang (but didn't dance) as we walked in. Being a teacher myself, this school visit was one of the highlights of my trip, seeing these little guys so happy yet they have so little. The head teacher, a Maasai, talked to us about how the government funds the Maasai schools (or not). how difficult it is to get the kids to school (you have to feed them),how parents pay with labor or milk, etc. all fascinating. We still correspond by email with this teacher. The pens and pencils we took for them felt very inadequate, so we left a donation, and we also gave a donation to the Maasai chief (which tried to keep it all for himself until Raphael came to the rescue, but that is another story...)
My point is: their poverty was real. At no time did we feel we were in a "tourist trap". We felt welcome and we learned a lot from the kids, the teachers, and the Maasai. For us, our visit to Africa was the animals, yes, but also the people. So the Maasai village was definitely worth our time.
We took pictures galore.
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Dec 27th, 2010, 11:01 AM
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Thanks, everyone. You've given me some good suggestions. We're going with Good Earth as well so your experience, Roissy17, is really helpful. I guess I'll wait and talk with our guide.
Hope you all are having a great holiday!
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Dec 27th, 2010, 01:35 PM
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"Those villages are 100% fake and purely made for tourists. After dark, they are as dead as disco"

I take exception to the disco comment too PixelPower. It appears "you're thinkin' you're too cool to boogie," in the words of Taste of Honey, "Boy oh boy have
I got news for you.."

You can still hear strains of "I Will Survive," "Shake Your Groove Thing" and "Bad Girls" coming from my place.

So there!

Thank you Calo for the information. Copy and paste and put to use someday.

Now I'm off to the car wash...
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Jan 4th, 2011, 10:48 AM
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I disagree with your comment, as well, PixelPower. I did a homestay (hut-stay, really, although my particular hut was more upscale than some others) for a few weeks in one of the Masai villages that has tourists come through. People definitely really lived in the village. True, they're not singing and dancing 24/7, and they don't always wear the red outfits, and the women do work very hard (harder than the men, it seemed to me, although I suspect the men would see it differently), but that doesn't mean the villages are FAKE.
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Jan 4th, 2011, 01:18 PM
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Makes me wonder how the village looks when there is noone around for a home-stay....
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Jan 4th, 2011, 02:02 PM
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Nikao, are you suggesting they spent several weeks staging village life for my benefit?
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Jan 5th, 2011, 02:01 AM
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hehe no, I was referring to the man doing less work. I suspect thats even worse if no western people are around
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Jan 5th, 2011, 05:28 AM
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Ah! No, I imagine its much of the same, as they didn't seem to see anything wrong with it. Although, in their defense, my trip centered around spending time with the women, so its very possible that the men were off being productive and I just didn't see it.
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I think it is quite normal for a lot of cultures like these that the women are doing the most of the work
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