Cultural tours in the Maasai Mara offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditional way of life of the Maasai people, one of East Africa’s most well-known ethnic groups. These tours provide a chance to understand the customs, traditions, and way of life of the Maasai, offering a rich, cultural dimension to your safari experience.

 A cultural tour typically involves a visit to a traditional Maasai village or “manyatta.” These villages consist of a cluster of huts surrounded by a thorn bush fence to keep out wildlife. The huts are constructed from a mixture of mud, sticks, grass, and cow dung.

The Experience

During the visit, you will be welcomed with a traditional Maasai dance and song. The Maasai are known for their jumping dance, known as “adumu” or “aigus,” where the warriors show off their strength and stamina by leaping into the air.

You’ll have a chance to tour the manyatta, where you can see the traditional huts (“inkajijik”) and learn about Maasai home life and family roles. You might observe daily activities like beadwork, which is an important part of Maasai culture, with intricate designs and colors carrying different meanings.

Often, you’ll get to interact with the villagers, ask questions, and learn about their semi-nomadic lifestyle, cattle-herding practices, beliefs, and social structures. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their symbiotic relationship with the environment and their resilience in maintaining their traditions in a rapidly modernizing world.

You can also explore the local market where the Maasai trade goods and sell their beautiful beadwork, carvings, and other crafts. These items can make wonderful souvenirs and your purchase will also support the local economy.


Most cultural tours are led by Maasai guides who can provide first-hand information about the Maasai culture, history, and way of life. These guides often grew up in the local community and are eager to share their heritage with visitors.

Responsible Tourism

When participating in a cultural tour, it’s important to be respectful of the local customs and traditions. Ask permission before taking photographs and follow the guidance of your tour leader or local guide. This will ensure a mutually respectful and beneficial interaction.

Cultural tours offer a meaningful complement to wildlife viewing, allowing visitors to appreciate not just the incredible biodiversity of the Maasai Mara, but also the cultural richness of its human inhabitants. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about the Maasai way of life, their close ties with the land, and their efforts to balance tradition with modernity.