The picture shows the clan leader of the small Masai village behind thorn thicket.

Tanzania Maasai village on the outskirts of Serengeti park:

We visited a Masai village, we asked our safari guide about finding a secluded village, where there was one who could speak English, the pictures are from this village
We paid to get into a Masai village to see how they live.
When you come into their village is like entering a time warp, where all time is stalled for several thousand years ago.
Their entire society is divided into functions, there are a clan leader, then it is men over 45 years (the old once), there are men between approximately 20 and up to 45 years called warriors,  then there are women, children and of course their animals.

Masai landsby i Tanzania.

The Warriors tend to the animals in a total of approximately 300 to 500 cows, and in the dry season they walking the long way with them to the places where there is food. When they meet other Masai,  they can their clothes, see if they are friend or foe. If they do not belong to the same clan, they are according to clan leader considered as an enemy.

The village consists of about 125 inhabitants, and it is allowed for men to have multiple wives, typically up to 6. Each wife has her own small adobe house where she lives, with her children where she cook and sleep. The man sleeps among the various wives, depending on what he wants that day.


The cottages consist of a single room where there in the middle is a small campfire, a raised bed for a child and a larger bed for the wife. A total of less than 10m2

According to the clan leader does a wife typically cost up to 5-6 cows,  and it is the parents who decide whom to marry. It is typically a female from another village.

Masai village has a small school which consists of a single room with a blackboard. Only a few selected children are allowed to go to school where they, among other things learn to write and speak English.

The only contact they have with the surrounding community, is when they buy and sell goods in one of the many markets that are scattered throughout the country. There they  sells the typical homemade jewelry, cows and goats, and buy fabric and other necessities. They get money from visiting tourists, and from the sale of cattle.


In this village they live mainly on three things, goat meat, goat milk, and blood from the animals. !!
The village is surrounded by a wide and high fence of thorn branches, the gate is closed every night to guard against lions. The goats that live close to the village, also gather in a smaller enclosure which also consists of thorn scrub.

Photos: The pictures are from their small school where there were six children. The school was one small hut built of branches, reeds and a few wooden boards.


We tried unsuccessful to find out what they got the day to go with, but the only response we got was that the women of course having to cook, and the old ones did not have jobs, they had done their job as a warrior until they were 45 years . We found not out how they handled the surplus of men, due to their tradition of having many wives.
The Klan leader was very interested in the West, but it seemed that I was a very poor person because I only had a single wife.



Photos: I sit in front of one of their cabins and on the second picture shows one of the school children that he can say words in English


Women and men from the village posed when we came to show their style of dress, and of course to look at us.

Masai clan leader To the right. along with second in command of the village. Masai clan leader and second in command

The women sit in the shade and make ??? - Well we never found out. - Luna stands next to one of the houses to show the height

Zanzibar a vacation paradise on the coast of Africa - Carl, diving along with Luna

Zanzibar has a ton of different activities here are Luna and myself, dive off the coast a few miles west of Zanzibar.
It is not cheap to dive on Zanzibar, but security is OK and you can reach many different locations within an hour's boat ride from Stone Town.


Jozani rainforest:

Jozani rainforest is definitely also worth a visit, it takes about 30 min. To drive from Stone Town. The rainforest has a unique population of Columbus monkeys, and you can get close to them without being bothered. They behave as if one is not present. There are also plenty of other exciting animals, from locusts who have lost the ability to fly, to colorful lizards and of course birds.


The pictures show columbus monkeys with Freja and Luna, and a few "critter" .


Prison Island:


Prison Island is located just outside Stone Town. The small island has in the past been used as a prison, but is now home to a large population of giant tortoises. The turtles let themselves willingly photograph, if you just have a piece of green with you. On the back, they all have written a number, it is the turtle's age and the oldest was over 130 years old. You get there in some small pitiful bots.  The trip is often combined with a stop at one of the many coral reefs where you can go out to snorkel.


If you take the local buses you can get out to places with only a few  tourists, Luna and Karin stayed some days "relaxing" real relaxing holiday on the coast far away from the hectic capital Stone Town. You can take one of the local buses to get from one end of Zanzibar to the other in an absolutely exciting, inexpensive and very different way.



The pictures show Karin and Luna, and one photo from one of the local "buses"

The locals transport often themselves where they are crowded into a small vehicle.

The photo was taken on the way out to the Jozani rainforest.



Tanzania, a Masai village and Zanzibar- summer 2015

Dk version

Zanzibar is an island which lies a few hours by boat from Dar es Salaam.
Zanzibar is probably best known for the slave trade and spices. but today the island is a great vacation destination.

We visited a Masai village, we asked our safari guide about finding a secluded village, where there was one who could speak English, the pictures are from this city
Masai represent about 17% of the population in Tanzania, they live
isolated from the rest of the population, with their own rules and laws.

I wish a pleasant journey.

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