No trip to Zanzibar would be considered complete without some time in the water. Matt and I both love scuba diving and my cousin, Beth, had completed her open water dive certification just before joining us on this trip, so scuba diving was a huge priority for all of us.
From Serengeti, we headed for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Mykoni explained to us the difference between the national park and the conservation area was that a limited number of people were allowed to live in the conservation area. As we crossed our way back through the conservation area, we passed by a few Maasai villages and several Maasai out traversing the landscape or tending to their cattle.
On the 2nd day, we stopped at Ngorongoro crater (which you have to pass through to get to Serengeti) to eat our lunch that Jimmy had packed so nicely for each of us. At the picnic location, several storks taller than myself and some overly aggressive kites greeted us. One of them stole Matt’s chicken leg straight from his hand. Damn thing scared the crap out of both of us. Then Matt thought he could reenact the situation and get it on video, but the crazy storks outsmarted him (and the kite wasn’t hungry anymore)!
Exciting, Thrilling, Unforgettable are just a few epic words to describe our 4-day camping safari with Materuni Tours. Our trip took place in mid-September during the height of the dry season. We had just missed the great migration, but that made little difference on the number and types of animals we saw. Luck was on our side; we saw the Big-5 plus lots of others.
One of the most important Masai festivals marks the coming of age of Masai boys who are 12-25 years old. Boys must give away everything that they own. On the day of the ceremony, the boys shave their heads and paint their faces with white chalk, dress themselves in black cloaks and ostrich-feather headdresses. Then, the village elders perform the initiation rights of each boy inside a small tent, where they are circumcised. The circumcision is done without anesthetic. The boy must endure this pain in silence, and expressions of pain will bring dishonor. The healing process takes about 3-4 months, and the boys must remain in black clothes for 4-8 months. Once they have emerged from healing, the boys are now considered to be warriors.