MAASAI CULTURE

Emboo River is a proud member of the Maasai Community and this is also reflected in our name. 'Emboo' is the Maasai word for 'a pride'. It is our honour to introduce you to our wonderful community.

During your stay at Emboo River you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the culture, history and day-to-day life of the Maasai tribe. 

While at the camp, you will see that Emboo River's Maasai staff wears the traditional Maasai Shuka. The Shuka is a traditional fabric, preferably in a red colour, with a checkered pattern. You will also meet members of the neighbouring Maasai villages at Emboo River. Our Maasai neigbours visit Emboo River regularly, because we partner on economic empowerment projects. Thanks to one such project your guest room has been decorated with beautiful beaded designs made from colourful glass beads by Maasai women.

In the evenings Emboo River regularly hosts Maasai Warriors who perform traditional songs and dances. These songs represent an oral history of Maasai culture and include fascinating stories which our team will happily translate for you. One Maasai dance sees the Maasai warriors jumping as high as they can and you are welcome to join this competition.

An optional visit to our neighbouring Maasai Village allows you to learn even more about the Maasai tribe.  You will get a glimpse into the day-to-day life and will visit traditional homes which are built by the women. As cattle is an important aspect of Maasai culture, you will also see many cows! Did you know that according to Maasai history, all cows in the world belong to their tribe?

The Maasai Community is rich in stories, customs, ... So there is much to explore! We invite you to be curious, ask questions, and dive into this cherished community.

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