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Selenkay Conservation Area, Kenya
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The small Selenkay Conservation Area just north of Amboseli offers excellent wildlife viewing to a privileged few. This 15,000-acre private game reserve in the heart of Maasailand admits just 12 visitors per day. But don't let the small size of this eco-reserve dissuade you; the Selenkay Conservation Area, an important dispersal area for wildlife migrating in and out of Amboseli, is home to a larger number of species than Amboseli National Park. What's more, bird life at Selenkay is prolific. Spot elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, and giraffe. View caracal, African wildcat, civet, gerenuk, lesser kudu and striped hyena and sight African birds of prey on an intimate African wildlife safari.

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Maasai
Maasai Villagers

Maasai Villagers

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The Maasai, also spelled Masai, are an indigenous African people that live in the deserts and scrublands of southwestern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They migrated south from the Upper Nile in the 15th century and their territory once covered the entire Great Rift Valley. The Maasai are semi-nomadic pastoralists meaning they raise livestock and herd them during the dry season. Their small, star-shaped homes, called Inkajijik, are made of wood poles and latticed branches and plastered with a mud-dung mix to make them waterproof. The Maasai enclose their camps with an acacia thorn fence or kraal to keep lions from attacking their cows. Their native tongue is Maa and their traditions are passed orally from father to son. The Maasai are noted for their distinctive dress. Men wear red-checked blankets called shuka and carry long wooden poles. Both men and women wear beaded jewelry and metal hoops on their stretched earlobes.
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