Optional Morning Activities:
Humanitarian Service: Build a House with Maasai Women & Warriors
Optional service-learning project to assist Maasai women and warriors in building a traditional home out of sticks, mud, and natural materials.
Hands-On Cooking Workshops
When you want to learn about a new culture, it’s so much easier to approach it through food. You can join optional workshops such as cooking with Maasai women and warriors to learn Maasai traditional and modern Maasai recipes. Learn to make chapati (flatbread), chai (Tea beverage made by brewing a mixture of aromatic Maasai spices, and herbs), or participate in a traditional barbecue to learn how to the Maasai roast meet in a traditional goat / cow slaughter called Nyama Choma (roasted meat). Make medicinal soups with the option to taste the herbs used in Maasai natural remedies.
Optional nature walk with a Maasai guide to locate and identify various medicinal plants, animals, and birds. The Maasai will share their unique relationship they have with the plants and wildlife. The area contains many endemic species only found in the Amboseli area – a rare opportunity to spot certain species. The Maasai have co-existed with wildlife in this unique ecosystem for centuries and have a wealth of knowledge to share regarding numerous species.
Unity Run Half Marathon/10K/5K
Optional morning run – Unity Run Half Marathon/10K/5K is a family-friendly race open to participants of all ages and abilities, including runners, and walkers. Experience an iconic run through Amboseli with the Maasai. You will also meet the Maasai runners and Kenyan champions. All participants will receive a race shirt, finishers medal, post-race refreshments, and a truly unforgettable race experience. Snacks and breakfast will be offered after the run.
* (Additional $150 registration fee is required to run – all proceeds fund MCV water programs).
Afternoon Cultural Celebration & Party
Enjoy a Cultural Celebration at a Maasai Heritage Site for an afternoon cultural party. This is an opportunity to create deeper bonds with the Maasai and congratulate all the runners. Entertainment and musicians will provide cultural entertainment and a concert from USA & Kenya artists sharing one stage in unity. There will also be cultural entertainment with dance lessons to learn traditional dances. Food, drinks, and entertainment will be provided.
The local Maasai women will set up a local handicraft marketplace to purchase gifts and support Maasai women’s beadwork initiatives. This is a great opportunity to buy local handicrafts.