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When you visit the Ngorongoro area, you can take a tour to a Maasai village. After your decision to visit, the driver calls the chief and tells them to prepare for the coming visitors. The entrance to the village is 50 USD per car. When you give the money, the whole tribe suddenly becomes your friend for one hour, smiling, dancing, singing and jumping for you, showing you their cottages, telling you about their traditions and trying to sell you handcrafts for astronomical prices. I asked whether they wished to move to bigger towns for a modern life but they preferred to stick to their traditions, in addition to sticking to the much profitable means of tourism.
What they do with the money is a question mark, while they say they use it for water and education.

Here is the photo of their welcome dance. You soon forget the big hole in your pocket and lose yourself in a timeless dream for one hour. All in all, these are the legendary warriors of East Africa and it is a life time experience which would be too silly to miss.

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Additional Photos by Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3091 W: 400 N: 6763] (34229)
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