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Family fun in Kenya

An adventure in Kenya and Tanzania doesn’t always make it to the top of the list when you think of perfect destinations for a family, but our family holiday this summer took us on the ultimate adventure to Kenya.  With so many to choose from, one of the most inspirational experiences of our trip was a visit to a local Masai village, the Tepesua Cultural Camp, which was a truly memorable experience for our us and our three children.   

We stayed at the Cultural Camp for one night which gave us a unique snapshot into local life.  The rooms for guests were made in the traditional Masaai way by the women but with some extra touches that made them more suitable for tourists while still keeping them authentic.  

Our guide, a wonderful local man called Richard, arranged a local school visit which was such fun for the Maasai children as well as our own.  The Maasai children had never seen white people before and thought that the five of us had been burnt in a terrible house fire, which was why our skin was so pale; it amused our girls for hours!  Fascinated by our children’s long blonde hair, our girls were an immediate hit with the locals and had many imagining them as lions with their ‘strange’ hair colour! We were even invited to join in some skipping with the Maasai children and in turn, our girls taught them to sing a traditional English song which was a wonderful moment to watch.   

We continued on to a Masai village and gained a rare insight into a traditional way of life. Greeted by baby goats, we toured the village and explored where the cattle are kept at night and a local Masai house, extremely basic in belongings and facilities.  Our girls were given the chance to sit with some Masaai women and learnt how to make some traditional jewellery with beautiful beads and we couldn’t leave without buying some key rings and jewellery the women at the camp had made, which were perfect personal souvenirs.  

A highlight of our stay with the Maasai tribes, was learning to throw a spear in the traditional way, plus learning to make a fire from scratch, which was amazingly fast, and joining in with local dancing and singing, we couldn’t wipe the smiles off our girls’ faces. The cultural heritage of this tribe is fascinating. I’d totally recommend the visit, especially for children.  

Helen, a Maasai lady, is an inspiration. As founder of the Tepesua Camp, she set up the camp for tourists, and the school and the village for widowed women who are not allowed to re-marry according to Masai tradition.  By giving the girls an education, she has managed to save over 50 girls from being cut and married off at the age of 10.  

This is the second project Helen has set up to help women and girls in particular and is hoping to set up a third project in a few years’ time to help more people.  I really hope her project at Loita Hills takes off as she is making a tangible difference to the lives of the girls and women around her but doing it in a sustainable way, so that they can run everything without her.  

I told Helen that we didn't think her website sold the camp in the best possible light, as I wasn't initially keen to visit it.  However, Helen is working hard to make the website more tourist friendly and make more mention of the activities, plus she will be using some of the photos we took for her website. Hopefully she’ll see a lot more visitors.

A true inspiration to her home country and memories my children will cherish forever.

 

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Kenya Family Safari

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