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Meet Mama Yamat in Maasai boma, Tanzania

Meet Mama Yamath – a visit to a traditional Maasai family

From the moment you set foot in Tanzania, you will notice them. They are just as much part of the landscape as the iconic acacia trees. As the Kilimanjaro against the horizon, and the wildlife on the plains. With their bright red ‘shukas’ (clothes) wrapped around their bodies, the colorful jewelry and their feet put in sandals made from old tires, they just can not be missed. Ancient tribe The Maasai are one of the most famous and fascinating tribes in Africa. Spread across Kenya and Tanzania, they are semi-nomadic and live by herding cattle and goats. In fact, the wealth and status of a Maasai man largely depends on the size of his herd. Loss of land, modernization and climate change have not made life easy for the Maasai. But despite of the continuing challenges, they still carry on their age-old customs and traditions. With grace and dignity. When going on safari with Ajabu Adventures, we invite you to visit a local Maasai family. Not one of the big manyattas along the r
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Yamat overlooking Lake Manyara

The extraordinary life of our Maasai friend Yamath

Those who have traveled with Ajabu Adventures know him without a doubt. His smiling eyes, his friendly face. His brother Lettinga, his loving mother and the rest of his family. Gertjan, owner of Ajabu Adventures, met Yamath when he knocked at the gate, looking for a job opportunity. He gave the Maasai warrior one week trial. Eventually, Yamath stayed for years. Not only he proved himself to be a loyal and hardworking “askari” (guard), he was also very intelligent and eager to learn. In the next three years he learned Swahili, English, got his driving license and successfully completed a wildlife course. Back to his roots But no matter where or how far you’re traveling, you can never forget your roots. And so couldn’t Yamath. Despite of his newly acquired skills and the bright future ahead, Yamath decided to return to his family, living in a small Maasai “boma” (village) not far from Mto wa Mbu. However, the close bond with Gertjan and Ajabu Adventures remained a
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