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. SafariBookings asked him to bring us up to speed on this ambitious project and the ideas behind it.
The journey will start from the highest point of the Loita Hills before heading down to, and completely across, all the community and private conservancies bordering the Masai Mara reserve. Along the way I 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.
My reasons for doing this walk are to try and learn what I can of modern Maasai culture and 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 etc 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
And please be sure to follow the dedicated Facebook page - Walking with the Maasai