The adventure life of most consultants and guides, especially those in tourism fraternity, commence as a joke during their tender ages. This is later developed into a hobby as they grow up doing almost the same type of activity that forms part of their life. Take an example of an orphaned Masai boy who grew up looking after cattle. In Kenya, Masai is one of the 42 ethnic tribes who have managed through thick and thin to maintain their traditional African culture. Their lives revolve around cattle rearing and migrating from one region to another in search of water and pasture for the large herds of cattle. Just imagine this young boy of 12 years for instance, alone in the thick bushes of Masai Mara, with all the risks of the black-maned lion or an aggressive rhino emerging from any direction!
Once in a while this has always happened, and a huge battle between the Masai boys has always come to pass. Surprisingly enough, the boys have always survived the fights with remarkable lion scratches that give them a right of passage from childhood to adulthood. After this memorable fight and a close encounter in this Kenya’s land of wildebeest migration, with a very high concentration of wild animals, the boy would definitely learn a lot about the animal’s behaviour and how to go about any sort of confrontation while in the bush.
Both the Kenya and Tanzania Masai communities share quite a number of similarities and follow the same cultural activities that make them different from the rest of the communities. The boys spend most of their days in the bush, feeding on wild fruits, dried meat and milk for their lunch. They know so many birds, that they can easily tell the species of different birds just by listening to their sounds.
Most of them actually track hyenas and wild dogs which sneak into their homes at night and attack their sheep and goats. Do you know how they do this? they look at the foot prints and sniff the leaves of shrubs that the wild animals might have walked through and this has always worked out for them perfectly well!!
They can make the best and the most sincere tour guides and safari consultants in the tourism field.