Amboseli is part of Southern Kenyan Masai land. Proximity to the border means that many of the Masai in this area move back and forth with their herds into Tanzania.
Many of the lodges and camps in this area work closely with local Masai communities. Arrangements can often be made to walk with Masai guides or visit Masai villages, schools and communities around the Park. This is the perfect opportunity to meet and spend time with Masai people.
Amboseli is surrounded by many Masai settlements. The small town of Oloitokitok (pronounced Loytoktok) is a major Masai centre, with fantastic views of Mt Kilimanjaro. The town hosts huge bustling markets that attract many Masai from surrounding areas, turning the streets into a sea of bright red shukkas.