Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Monduli Masai Market.

The first weekend after our arrival me and Anni went on a visit to the moduli market. It was about an hour or so journey from Arusha and located at the top of the mountain. It was an extremely hot day in which we didn't think to wear sun cream and got very burnt!

We arrived to the market location which got to its busiest in mid afternoon, there was so many beautiful bright colours, with all the Masai wearing their traditional fabrics, as you can see from the pictures. The market was really interesting, women were selling beautiful fabrics in which I bought some. For about a metre and a half in fabric it only cost 2500 shillings which is the equivalent to £1.25 and their patterns are so gorgeous!

Before the market, Samuel took us both on a fantastic but tiring walk around the bush. This was the first time we had been walking about in the 'wild' rather than Arusha itself. I was slightly nervous we would come across anything wild but the nearest thing was a Gazelle- which popped out when Anni was going to the loo in the bush.

Surrounding the market and all over the land are many Masai Villages. Their homes consist of these huts made from mud and straw. They are so huge inside, ready to hold large families and their livestock. We were both lucky enough for this family to let us inside and welcomed us into their home. It was very dark but very strong.

The scenery was amazing. Samuel took us to this spot on top of the mountain and you could see for miles, unfortunately my camera I had with me doesn't show this very clear. Even though there was some wind and clouds, we didn't realise how hot and burnt we was actually getting. On our trips we took a packed lunch and it was so peaceful to each it in the bush, with just the sound of the birds and cattle with their bells.

The Masai walk for miles to get to this market every saturday. Many of them bringing their livestock of cattle and goats. Whilst in Africa one of the most shocking things was seeing the slaughter of animals. At the market there was various skins hung and animal meat for sale, even though this was quite a shock to see I felt it extremely interesting to watch.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. I've always wanted to go to Africa, it seems so interesting and poignant. You look like you're having an amazing experience!