Dancing with the Masai

by LeAnn
(San Francisco)

Me dancing with the Masai

Me dancing with the Masai

The year 2007 was one of the best years of my life. I took 6 months off and traveled to Africa, and New Zealand, the latter to visit the man I am now married to!

I am interested in responsible tourism so in Africa, I volunteered at an orphanage just outside of Nairobi for a couple of weeks.

After that, I met up with a friend from California and we ended up on safari in the Masai Mara, Kenya, then on to Mombasa and Zanzibar.

One day in the Masai Mara, a Masai warrior came into camp and asked if we'd like to go with him to visit his village. We jumped at the chance, and it was my best day there!

He took us on a nature walk, naming the plants and describing how they are used medicinally and in food. He told us all about tribal life and their social structure.

After our walk, we went to the village and the Masai Warriors invited us to dance with them. It was so fun! They are really tall and jump very high and we got a good laugh since I am so short and was trying to keep up. Then we did a sort of "line dance" out into the bush and sang and chanted.

After that, the women invited me to hold hands and sing with them. I didn't know the language, but they taught me the song so I could sing along. Somehow we managed and it was a warm, welcoming, lovely introduction into their world.

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