On the border between Moshi and Arusha, live one of the most famous tribes in Tanzania; the Maasai. The Maasai people are pastoralists; owning large herds of cattle, sheep and goats which they follow around seasonally in search of new grazing and water sources.
The traditional Maasai lifestyle centres around their cattle which constitutes their primary source of food. The measure of a Maasai mans' wealth is in terms of cattle and children, a herd of 50 cattle is respectable and the more children the better.
A man who has plenty of one but not the other is considered poor. Maasai men are first and foremost warriors; they protect their tribe, their cattle and their grazing lands. Often standing over 6ft tall with beaded hair, red checked blanket (Shuka) and balled club, he looks both fierce and beautiful.
Maasai women are responsible for all domestic tasks, including building their houses which are either star shaped or circular and made of mud, sticks, grass, cow dung and human urine. The able bodied women also milk the cows, collect water and look after the children.
They are equally as impressive as the men in their looks, tall, slender and bedecked in large beaded necklaces. Spending a day in a Maasai village will give you a true insight into their way of living and let you witness them practice their original traditions. This is truly an unforgettable and unique experience.