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Jackson Looseyia, Legendary Maasai Guide on Family Safaris
Author: Jackson Looseyia
Date: 21 May 2014
Jackson Looseyia,  Legendary Maasai Guide on Family SafarisFirst I would say families in our camps will have the opportunity to walk in the conservancies; this is where kids and their families can interact with nature. The whole family will do a Dudu Safari (bugs and other insects). On safari we should take kids out of there comfort zone but maintain safety; some insects can bite or sting, however most of them are harmless and cool - like grasshoppers, dung beetles and butterflies. Some ants and termites bite and sting but it only hurts a little bit.

Then we can take the family and children on bones and horns safaris. On safari, there are things that kids in the Western world would never normally see or have close contact with. We often come across skulls, but few kids can identify them. When I taken children on safari we study the skulls, turn them over and imagine what they looked like when they were covered with skin and fur and had eyes and ears. Its like being an animal detective and the children love it because it is rewarding when they crack the case.

Finally kids love seeing the actions and interaction of the wildlife. Fighting, mating and even playing is fascinating to them. Kids in the developed world are so used to living in a protected and safe world. I think they never see anything being killed, or born or dying (except on television of course). Finding real action makes their safari. And there is plenty of it to be had. Elephant, herds of buffalo, hippo, zebra and wildebeest. Lion and cheetah cubs  playing, jackal pups and hyena dens are fascinating.  I have never once seen a bored child on safari.  

3 days is too short for my family safari. How can kids learn about the bush if they don’t know how to live in it? Culture is imprtant! Kids making fire together using sticks, how to prepare traditional food. This could even mean learning how to slaughter a goat, milking sheep and goats (only if they are not allergic) and learning to shoot a Maasai bow and arrows. And even better still—practicing to be Maasai (like me). Start by wearing a Maasai shuka, then put on ‘thousand miler’ shoes and cover your head with red orca (harmless to kids but bad for pillows and sheets). Once a child has been on a family safari they see the world through wiser eyes.


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