“Why called Orpul”
The Maasai community is known all over the world as livestock keepers. This is their main source of wealth and it has sustained them since time immemorial. To a Maasai, eating meat is a very special thing, almost a preoccupation. And actually, if you pay a visit to a friend and he slaughters a goat for you, you know that your friendship is cemented forever. In the Maasai tradition of yester years, there was a special meat eating season which every moran had to undergo. All the morans in a particular neighbourhood or family would get together to plan this event. They would scout for a base camp, fence it and each of them would in turn donate a cow to be slaughtered until the season was over. Then they would decide whether to go for a second round or not! It was a very valuable tradition that served two main purposes.
The second purpose is that morans will mix different shrubs known for their effectiveness and make soup with it. They drink it when thirsty. Water is banned. They believe these traditional shrubs cleanse their digestive system and make them immune to many diseases and allow them to better act as the defensive unit of the community. The Maasai have done this for years without end.
They take this time to educate their age-mates on different aspects of conservation. And it seems they are doing this very well, as we have had many compliments from the junior elders who are very pleased with their training. Clearly, meat eating sessions are here to stay despite the different subjects the morans are now learning about.
” Experience Lake View Diamond Maasai Lodge Activities related to Maasai Orpul”
Orpul Bush Dinner
Dine in the wild and taste safari-life at its best
Nothing is quite so essentially ‘Safari’ as the traditional ‘bush dinner’, especially when it is enlivened by the presence by a group of scarlet-clad Maasai morans (warriors).
Typically, the The Orpul Bush Dinner takes place at a scenic location on the plains, or at our own dedicated bush dinner site, which stands high on a hill overlooking the migration corridor. Timed to coincide with the setting of the sun, which on the Equator is around 6 pm, the bush dinner will commence, either with a game drive, or a short stroll to our hilltop site.
Arriving at the chosen location, with fabulous views across the plains, they will find that table and chairs have already been set up, and that a campfire, lanterns, and bush kitchen await them.
Beginning with sundowners around the campfire, we are proud to entertain our guests with Maasai dance and song while their 5-course dinner is prepared on the blazing charcoal BBQ. The choice of meat, fish and poultry will be supplemented by vegetarian choices, salads, fruit and desserts from the main lodge, and a full safari bar will be provided.
One of the classic safari highlights, the bush breakfast is an experience not to be missed. Typically, guests are awakened by a very early morning cup of tea; they then set off on a game drive, which is timed to offer the very best chance of spotting ‘The Big Five’.
Setting off ahead of the guests, our hospitality team will arrive at the chosen breakfast spot in time to set up table, chairs, campfire and ‘bush kitchen’. Upon arrival, the guests are typically met
with a glass of chilled sparkling wine and fresh-pressed orange juice. They can then sit down to enjoy a uniquely scenic full English breakfast. Meanwhile, our chef will cook their choice of sausage, bacon, eggs, tomatoes and toast. After breakfast, there’s another game drive back to the lodge.
An essential part of maasai traditional safari life, the concept of having drinks whilst watching the sun go down dates back to the time of the great safaris, all of which featured the serving of elegant ‘bush’ cocktails against the unforgettable backdrop of the African sunset.
Timed to commence as the sun starts its descent, which on the Equator is usually around 6 pm, the Serengeti sundowner begins with a gentle drive to a scenic spot where chairs, lamps, campfire and bush bar with cocktail snacks will already have been set up. Maasai dance entertainment can also be provided.
Magical, memorable and romantic, the sundowner is an experience not to be missed.
Maasai Wedding & Ceremony
At a Maasai wedding, the couple will be separated and will acquire new parents and a Maasai family. The bride will be led away by the women as they sing and dance traditional songs. They will dress her up in her ‘wedding dress’, which is adorned with beaded decoration made by the women.
The groom will spend time with the warriors of the village who will assist him to dress. He then has to participate in a Maasai tradition where he competes with other warriors in a traditional jumping ceremony to prove himself a worthy warrior and husband.
As the elders start the ceremony to bless the couple, the rest of the village joins in the singing. The bride and groom will witness a mock exchange of gifts to the elders usually cows and other domestic animals). The couple then lead a procession to present a walking stick to the bride’s father and the whole wedding party follows, as the warriors flank the procession with song and dance. At the groom’s home his parents and relatives welcome the party with pledges of gifts. Here a few ceremonies take place and the bride is given a new Maasai name.
As elders bless the bride and groom the wedding party erupts in song and dance to celebrate the union and they are escorted to Sanctuary Olonana to continue their celebrate. Drinks will be served on the main deck overlooking the Mara River before lunch is served.
Discover the traditional way of life of the local Masai people… The Manyatta (Masai village) you will be invited into is not an artificial tourist trap. As the exclusive guests of Kilima Camp, you are invited into the Masai village, Masai Manyatta where the family of our landowners and Masai landlords still live.
After a gentle downhill stroll of 10 to 15 minutes, your Masai guide and Masai escort will lead you into the family Masai village surrounded by a fence made of thorny tree branches. You will discover the way of life of the Masai people, one of the few peoples in the world that preferred to stick to the Masai traditional way of life instead of succumbing to the lures of modern life.
You visit the Masai houses in the Masai village (Masai Manyatta) and the boma (or kraal) where the precious cattle (cows, sheep and goats) are sheltered every night.
Masai handicraft items are offered for sale by the Masai women: feel entirely free to buy or not (and bargain wh the Masai women)…
The duration of the Manyatta visit, the Masai village visit is between 1 and 1 ½ hour in total; the Masai village visit, the Manyatta visit can be arranged at any time of the day during your stay at Kilima Camp. Price is $20 per person. The majority of the fee goes to the Masai village and the member for Masai Manyatta
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