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Day 8 - Discovering the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem: Wildlife viewing and Maasai culture

  • Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem (map)

Rise at dawn and take to the savannah on foot for a thrilling morning bush walk. Together with our guides, we will see plenty of wildlife, identify footprints and learn about some of the symbiotic relationships that bind life together on the plains.

We will spend some time at the Enjipai Women’s Group, formed by a small group of Maasai women with a great entrepreneurial spirit. They paired their skills as artisans and homemakers with their desire to help their own families, as well as the community in general. Now numbering over 100 members, the collaborative already has several successful projects underway. A recently donated maize grinding machine provides a much-needed service to women who previously had to walk great distances to have their grains milled. The women of the collaborative sell their intricately beaded crafts to visitors. While each member makes an individual profit, a portion of all sales also goes into a community fund which was established for education and healthcare initiatives.

Our group will wander back to our campsite for a hearty home-cooked lunch set against an amazing backdrop of wildlife, acacia trees and endless plains. After a much-needed catnap, we will strap our hiking boots back on for a walk in the wooded savannah of the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem accompanied by a ranger.

We will gather around the campfire for some traditional Maasai folktales after dinner this evening. Maasai elder Nekaaki Kioki is a feisty grandmother and fantastic storyteller who will regale us with her impressive rhetoric. She knows hundreds of Maasai folktales and tells them in a truly dramatic fashion. The evening continues with a nightcap as friends old and new gab around the fireplace before turning in for some deep and sound sleep.