Safari in Kenya on The Maasai Mara

Safari in Kenya on The Maasai Mara

The Best Safari in Kenya

When you go on safari in Kenya, you want to try to see The Big Five! You almost always see three of them – the lion, elephant, and cape buffalo. The leopard and rhino can be a bit elusive, however, so you want a great safari guide. 

We happen to work with the best safari guides that Kenya has to offer. They lead safaris expeditions year-round, when they aren’t driving the 100 Humanitarians team. 

Go on a Maasai Mara Safari

The Maasai Mara is known for the Maasai Tribe, the indigenous people who live in and around the Masai Mara National Reserve. When you go on safari with a Maasai Guide, you learn from the people who know safari the best, because they have grown up with the big game animals. 

The Serengeti and the Maasai Mara are only separated by political borders, with the Serengeti being 9 times the size of the Maasai Mara. The Maasai Mara is home to the Great Migration in Africa, where the wildebeest and other animals migrate around 1000 miles each year. The migration typically begins as the wildebeest cross the Mara River in July or August, but can be seen as early as June.

There is nothing quite like being out in the wild with animals in their natural habitat. Check out this video by our friend, Jonathan Kaelo. 

The five brothers are a group of cheetahs that have banded together to hunt. It’s incredible to see them work together. 

Everyone should get to experience a safari in Kenya at least once in their lifetime. We take families on expeditions, and can also plan a unique experience for you with our Maasai safari guides. Just sign up and get in touch with us via email or on Facebook

Celebrate100: Week One

Celebrate100: Week One

Celebrate100: Week One

Celebrate100 Review

Last week we kicked off Celebrate100 with a zoom chat with our team! We shared some of our favorite experiences and memories. 

Then, we visited the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, where you can feed and (yes!) kiss a giraffe!

We got down to business with our first Days for Girls Reusable Feminine Hygiene Kit workshop for girls who had escaped early marriage, and then headed up to the Mau Forrest where we built desks with children at a school

Our first team brought a lot of soccer uniforms and equipment that we donated to Imani Children’s Home, and they sang for us in return. 

We wrapped up our trip on the Maasai Mara, where we sang and danced with the warriors and women, toured their homes, and shopped at the Maasai market

And of course, SAFARI! Every team gets to experience the #1 safari destination in the world

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for updates, or read the stories on our blog

We are just getting started with much more to come as we celebrate the final 100 days of the year!

Expedition Stories: Visiting a Maasai Village in Kenya

Expedition Stories: Visiting a Maasai Village in Kenya

Visit a Maasai Village in Kenya

To visit a Maasai Village in Kenya is one of the most incredible experiences you can have, and not many will have that opportunity in their lives. 100 Humanitarians International provides opportunities for tourism, culture, and humanitarian service with Maasai families in Kenya. 

One of our favorite cultural experiences is visiting a working Maasai Village. We learn how the houses are made, how to make fire, and shop in the market for souvenirs and memories. 

Maasai Jumping Contest

Maasai Warriors are known throughout the world for their jumping ability. From the time they are young, they develop the muscles needed to jump very high, straight up in the air. The jumping competition determines how many girlfriends a young warrior can have, traditionally. 

When you arrive a the Maasai Village, you will be greeted by the “Wall of Warriors” singing and dancing and welcoming you to their village. 

As you watch the Maasai warriors dance and sing, it’s like being transported back in time. The Maasai are one of the most indigenous tribes in the world, and the oldest tribe in Kenya. They once were nomadic, only settling in the Maasai Mara over the past 100 years. They maintain their traditional dress and much of their culture is still intact from hundreds of years ago. 

As technology comes into the world, the culture is beginning to change. Many Maasai Warriors are now seeking employment outside of the Maasai Mara. They become safari guides and work for the county governments. As children are educated, they are leaving their culture to attend University. It won’t be long before the Maasai way of life will change entirely.

Listen to our Executive Director, Moses Masoi, talk about the Maasai culture on a podcast with Scott and Becky Mackintosh. Watch Moses talk about what we have accomplished in Kenya since 2016.

Every expedition includes immersion into the Maasai culture, as we honor the traditions of the people who live on the land and practice conservation. We hope that you will join us in Kenya and experience it yourself! 

Lemarti brought Resh, Saning'o, and Jeff Ole Kishau with him, and after performing, they decided to stay with our team and spend a few days on safari with us. It was incredible. Lemarti brought his guitar on our game drive, and we all sang "Jambo Bwana" over a picnic lunch looking out over the greater Maasai Mara.

On every expedition, we try to bring in something unique, that is beyond what our team expects. We've had Lemarti join us on another expedition as well, and his music has become the background for a lot of 100 Humanitarians International videos. Someday, we will get him to the United States to perform at Humanijam, and you'll get to meet the "Bob Marley of Kenya." 

Youth Education: Imani Orphan Care Foundation

Youth Education: Imani Orphan Care Foundation

Imani Orphan Care Foundation

We visited the Imani Orphan Care Foundation home to donate soccer balls and clothing to the home, and had a wonderful day touring the facility and playing with the kids. They had dormitories, kitchens, learning areas, and a small garden at the time. Kim Lee is the Founder Director, and has an amazing team in Kenya helping the children thrive. 

Orphanages in Kenya

In Kenya, the situation of Orphans and Vulnerable Children is a big challenge. Currently it is estimated that there are over three million Orphans in the country, with 47% orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS and many more remain vulnerable due to several other factors.

Our team brought suitcases full of soccer balls and uniforms to donate to schools and communities for a few reasons. 1. Soccer is a huge sport in Kenya, loved by all kids. 2. The quality of the soccer balls in Kenya is very poor, and they fall apart easily. It was fun to not only donate, but also play soccer with the kids. 

You can see the difference between the new soccer ball that the middle child is holding, and the old soccer ball that the child on the right was holding. Big difference! 

We have donated 50+ soccer balls in Kenya. Playing soccer can also keep the boys focused when they are out of school so they stay out of trouble. 

100 Humanitarians International is looking for donations to help fund soccer clubs for youth in Kenya, to help them learn teamwork and stay focused on their goals. 

100 Humanitarians International hopes to fundraise $1000 each year to go to soccer balls and jerseys for boys in Kenya. If you would like to help contribute, or sponsor a club, donate below. We will also contribute soccer balls to Imani Orphan Care Foundation, to thank them for allowing us to visit and see their facilities. 100% of your donation goes to the equipment! 

Youth Education: Tenkes School

Youth Education: Tenkes School

Education is Everything in Kenya

Education is everything in Kenya, especially in rural communities like The Mau Forest. We visited Tenkes School in May 2016, where we worked with the students and teachers to build 20 desks, plant 75 trees, built a new kitchen to feed the students, and donated soccer balls to the kids. It was a beautiful day in the highlands of The Mau. 

5 Students Per Desk

With 300 students, a lot of desks are needed, and the kids at Tenkes School were sitting 5 students per desk. At our fundraiser, A Taste of Kenya, we were able to fundraise to build 20 new desks for the students, allowing them to spread out and learn better. The trees had to be cut down and the wood had to be planed in order to get the right sizes. It was quite the endeavor! Special thanks to Tenkes School for hosting us for the day and being so generous. 

The Mau Forest is losing trees, so to replace the trees we used for the desks and the kitchen, our team planted 75 new trees with the students. Trees bring water to The Mau Forest, and this area of Kenya has experienced drought over the decades. 

As I said, education is everything Kenya, and your contribution of $5 keeps 5 of our students in school for a day! We are currently sponsoring 27 students in Kenya from 8 different communities. 

100% of your donation goes to the school fees.