Dinner with Maasai Warriors

I flew Ethiopian Air to Tanzania. Chaz, my driver, met me at the airport and drove me to city centre, Dar Es Salaam.

On the morning of the 23rd of August, I rode the 7am ferry to Zanzibar. Upon arrival to Zanzibar, I was greeted by my other driver, Juma.

Once I got settled into my accommodation at Zanzibar, the Waterfront Beach Hotel, I went into the water where I was met by a member of the world famous Maasai tribe. The Maasai are known for their ability to run great distances, affinity for crimson, fearlessness against lions, and jumping! I was initiated into my Tanzanian experience after purchasing a bracelet made by the Maasai.

Tobias sells his wares on the beach.

After a day of frolicking on the beach, I ventured into the local eatery, Africanas, which is popular with the Maasai. True to my international style, I opted for Cuban rum and a Zanzibari meal. I drank a double Havana Club on the rocks with local fish soup and an omelette for dinner. After I finished my meal, I got acquainted with Danny, a young Maasai warrior who I sat across from. Danny sent me the picture below. He said it was taken during a lion killing ceremony.

Like Tobias and many other Maasai, Danny is bilingual — he speaks Kiswahili and English. I can report this with confidence as I observed him using both. If he speaks more languages, I am ignorant of that fact. As it was explained to me, Maasai men are sometimes hired as security guards. Also, as can be seen in the photos above, Maasai also sell wares. This is true for the Maasai who reside far from the great majority of Maasai people who live on mainland Tanzania.

Danny (far right)