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KENYA

CULTURE

A Kenyan Safari contains a mosaic of different cultures and traditions. The people have the natural ability to make every traveler feel at home - 'Karibu' a Swahili word meaning welcome is often heard! The country is famous for its rich culture and diversity and not forgetting the wonderful people. When we say ‘Hello‘ we ask how you family is, you life and your love. In Kenya we get down to earth to experience life's little pleasures. Kenya has a colorful mixture of people as well as a cocktail of cultures. The current population of about 30 million is made up of over forty ethnic groups. However, the Bantus, Nilotes and Cushites form the bulk of the population. The minority Asians, Arabs and Europeans live mainly in urban areas.

The national language, Kiswahili is widely spoken by most Kenyans. English is the official language and as such it is spoken at all levels. Besides English, French, German and Italian is also spoken in the tourism industry. Safari guides who speak all languages of the world are available and can be assigned to accompany you on request. The rich cultural heritage is expressed through song, dance, art and handicraft which are truly unique. To listen to the music or watch the festivals and ceremonies of any of these ethnic groups is truly a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

THE MAASAI - probably among the best known and most easily recognized of Kenya's people. Who are they? - The Maasai, recognized as herders and warriors, once dominated the plains of East Africa. Now however they are confined to a fraction of their former range. Since the colonial period, most of what used to be Maasai land has been taken over, for private farms and ranches, for government projects or for wildlife parks. They retain only the driest and least fertile areas. The stress this causes to their herds has often been aggravated by attempts made by governments to 'develop' the Maasai. These are based on the idea that they breed too many cattle for the land to sustain. However, they are in fact very efficient livestock producers and rarely have more animals than they need or that the land can carry.

Kenya - Maasai

How do they live? - For the Maasai, cattle are what mark the measure of how good life is. Milk and meat are primary elements in their diet. Their old ideal was to live by their cattle alone – other foods they could get by exchange – but today they also need to grow crops. They move their herds from one place to another, so that the grass has a chance to grow again; traditionally, this is made possible by a communal land tenure system in which everyone in an area shares access to water and pasture. Nowadays Maasai have increasingly been forced to settle, and many take jobs in towns. Maasai society is organized into male age-groups whose members together pass through initiations to become warriors, and then elders. They have no chiefs, although each section has a Laibon, or spiritual leader, at its head. Maasai worship one god who dwells in all things, but may manifest himself as either kindly or destructive.