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An ethical visit to a Maasai village in Selenkay Conservancy

Guests get to interact with the Maasai people and learn about how their way of life is changing…

By Mohanjeet Brar
Managing Director, Porini Camps

Visit a Maasai village in Selenkay Conservancy for an authentic glimpse of local life. We worked with the community to set up Selenkay over 25 years ago and have a great relationship with them. When guests visit Porini Amboseli Camp, they’re putting money directly back into conservation and supporting local people. Unlike many commercial villages, we’ve built the cost of the village visit into each guest’s stay, so there’s no pressure to buy souvenirs or give donations while you’re there.

When you arrive at the village, you’ll be greeted by traditional singing and dancing. The chief, Thomas, speaks excellent English and will show you around camp, introducing you to the villagers. You’ll go inside the houses, which are made from mud and designed to be dark and cool to keep the flies out. Guests love learning how to make fire the Maasai way, using cow dung and sticks. There’s also a chance to watch the women beading and see how the village cattle, which are sacred to the Maasai people, are cared for and watch them being herded back in after grazing.

Often, guests speak highly of how respectful and enjoyable our Maasai experience is compared to others they’ve had in Kenya. It’s very authentic and guests get to interact with the Maasai people and learn about how their way of life is changing. I think more and more people are looking for this kind of ethical, community engagement when they travel.

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Alfred & Mohanjeet Brar

Mohanjeet Brar grew up in the forests of the Kenyan highlands, so he has a close connection with the country’s wild landscapes and local people. He’s a keen naturalist and conservationist with a doctorate degree in Plant Science, as well as a certified safari guide.  Mohanjeet is now the Managing Director of Porini Safari Camps and is married with two kids who love going on safari.
Mohanjeet Brar, Managing Director, Porini Camps

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Annette, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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