Economadism at the Maasai Center for Regenerative Pastoralism in Kenya

Another one of our partners doing amazing work are “The Maasai Center for Regenerative Pastoralism”, which is a grassroot environmental organisation working with Maasai pastoralists in Kajiado County in Kenya to promote regenerative agroecological practices to regenerate land and livelihoods for environmental, economic and cultural wellbeing of the Maasai people.

The organization is running an ecotourism venture called Economadism that offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience Maasai life upclose and to become part of a traditional Maasai community.

Visitors are able to choose from a range of activities and tour options, depending on their wishes and physical abilities. Activities and tour options can be seen as building blocks, which can be put together to create a multi-day or multi-week tour.

A representative from Economadism greets all guests at their point of arrival and take you to the village of Enkorika, about 100km South of Nairobi.

Accommodation is in a traditional Maasai village and house that has specifically been redesigned to accommodate visitors there is also an option for visitors to stay in a eco-lodge nearby.

Available Activities Include:

– Herding animals, including watering animals on wells
– Walking with Maasai warriors
– Herbal medicine clinics
– Hiking and walking with Massai
– Visit local Massai market
– Massai club throwing competition
– Massai wrestling
– Massai marathon 
– Warrior meet eating camps
– Workshops Massai wood carving artwork
– Workshops beadwork
– Workshops make a club, speer and or walking stick
– How to make a Massai house
– Learn how to milk cattle by hand
– Fetch water
– Collect firewood
– Workshops Massai cooking
– Visits to schools 
– Evening bonfires with the community
– Learn all about oral culture and literature
– Learn from Massai elders and gain indigenous knowledge
– Learn about the ethnobotany of the Massai

Tour Options Include:

Kimana Sanctuary

Kimana is a lesser known game reserve and thoroughfare for animals passing between Amboseli and Chyulu Hills Tsavo National Parks. The sanctuary is communally owned by more than 800 local Massai, who in 1996 had the vision to set-aside this land as the very first community conservancy in Kenya. For visitors, it is a wonderful place to observe peaceful and relaxed animals in a beautiful environment. With Mount Kilimanjaro to the south and the Chyulu Hills distantly to the north, the views are spectacular. It is possible to camp in the reserve, or opt for a more luxurious tented lodge or safari lodge.

Massai Mara National Wildlife Reserve

Massai Mara is a unique wildlife conservation haven known for its stunning natural diversity of species. Africa’s iconic images of massive hards of wildebeest and zebra trekking across the African plains are only part of the Massai Mara Wildlife appeal. The Mara is also one of the best places on the earth to spot most of the Big Five while out on safari.

Mount Suswa Conservancy 

Mount Suswa is a spectacular double-crater volcano located at the very the heart of the Rift Valley. The Conservancy is entirely run by the Massai community that lives inside the conservancy. All fees go towards preserving not just the park, but also the lifestyle of those who live in it. Its inner volcano soars to an attitude of 2,356 meters above sea level. The inner crater is covered by a forest that is also home to leopards, hyenas, buffaloes, antelopes and other wildlife, and has a breath-taking view that has to be seen to be believed. The outer crater is currently dotted with Massai homesteads. The Massai graze their livestock on the outer crater and the slopes of the inner volcano, and harvest water for their domestic use from the numerous springs spouting steam and hot water in this area. The inner volcanic crater provides a beautiful ridgewalk to the highest point.

The caves are easily accessible and can be entered via multiple cave openings. You will see colonies of bats hanging from the roof as you make your way through the tunnels. The most famous cave is known as the Baboon Parliament, because everyday, dozens of baboons gather in it to seek refuge from predators at night and supposedly to listen to their leader.

Olorgesailie Pre-historic Site

Olorgesailie pre-historic site is world renowned as the factory of stone tools and the only place in the world with such a large number. The site dates from the Acheulian, which is characterized by the first standardized tradition of toolmaking of Homo evectus and early Homo sapiens. The Acheulean period started in the early Paleolithic Period, which began between 1.7 million and 1.5 million years ago and lasted until 250,000 to 200,000 years ago.

Olorgesailie harbours an in-site displays of prehistoric materials including numerous hand axes and fossilized skeletons of extinct species of elephants and hippopotamus dating back from 1.2 million years ago. Other attractions include a camp site, bandas and nature trail.

For more information on this amazing experience contact:

Director- Dalmas Tiampati
+ 254- 723 177 076
Email: dtiampati@gmail.com 

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