Walking with the Maasai – the journey begins
By Stuart Butler, Photographer & Author
Stuart Butler, photographer and author of the Lonely Planet guide books to Kenya and East Africa, will spend a month from late-May to the end of June, walking with a Maasai friend across the heart of Kenyan Maasai land.
The journey will start from the highest point of the Loita Hills, a remote, forested range east of the Masai Mara National Reserve before heading down to, and completely across, all the community and private conservancies bordering the Masai Mara reserve. Along the way he will be staying in as many Maasai villages as possible and meeting many people involved in conservation as well as leaders of the Maasai communities.
The Maasai are one of the best known peoples in Africa and form the ‘exotic’ human element to many a safari, but few dig deeper into the issues that face the tribe, such aschanging lifestyles and the way in which wildlife and land conservation plays into this. Stuart hopes that by walking through the Maasai lands and staying with the Maasai he can learn a little more about their culture and about conservation in Kenya today. The results of the walk will be a book about these subjects and the walk itself. There will also be a touring photo exhibition and coffee table style photo book and, most excitingly, myself and my Maasai companion, Josphat Mako, will conduct a speaking tour in the UK, France and East Africa talking in schools and colleges about conservation and the Maasai.
For more on the project and to follow the progress of the walk please see the dedicated project website –www.walkingwiththemaasai.com
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