Just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve is a local community called Mara Rianda which consists of 48 traditional houses surrounding a cattle enclosure. We encourage clients to visit this Manyatta if they are interested in Masai culture and would like to experience a way of life unchanged for centuries. Visitors are always struck by the grace and beauty of the Masai people, and the colourful lifestyle they lead. There is also a bustling curio market where guests can buy Masai bead work.
In order to visit the Manyatta guests must pay an entrance fee – this money is extremely important to the community and they have used it over the years to build a nursery school for 120 children aged between 3 – 5 years. They have built two classrooms, accommodation for 3 teachers and a toilet facility. They have also paid for desks for the school. The money from the entry fee also helps the community members to buy food, pay for secondary school for their children, and pay for cows the mainstay of the Masai economy. During times of drought when Masai cattle suffer the money earnt helps the community enormously to stay on their feet. Overall this revenue supports 98 different families comprising of 300 individuals.