The co founder of Mara Intrepid, a tented camp in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Nabila Khashoggi has helped introduce numerous visitors to Maasai culture and history. Nabila Khashoggi now owns and operates a cosmetics company called NabilaK and works closely with the non-profit The Children for Peace (ONLUS).

An ethnic group whose population spans the Great Rift Valley, the Maasai are semi-nomadic and primarily rely upon livestock for their livelihood. A proud people, the Maasai have faced consistent challenges since the introduction of private land ownership and various other developmental concepts over the last century. Today, more than one million Maasai live in traditional homes constructed of mud, grass, sticks, and cow waste. Known for their brightly-colored robes, tall staffs, and large circular neckpieces, the Maasai continue to preserve their unique culture. While some may exoticize this indigenous group of people, or think of them as representative of Africa as a whole, it is important to know that this ethnic group is simply a tribe of people living according to the traditions of their ancestors.

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About Nabila Khashoggi

A veteran businesswoman, philanthropist, mother, and actress, Nabila Khashoggi’s multifaceted career spans three decades and residence on several continents. Working primarily to secure financing for entertainment and industrial projects from her office in New York, Nabila Khashoggi is also about to market a new line of natural cosmetic products. Intending to raise childhood awareness of other cultures, geography, and the environment, she is also writing a children’s comic book series, entitled Spartan and the Green Egg. Nabila Khashoggi received her education in France, Switzerland, and England, later accepting a position as a Vice President of Triad Commercial Corporation and Al-Nasr Trading, companies that her father controlled. Her daily responsibilities involved import-and-export transactions, commodities trading, project development, and the financing of agricultural complexes in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In 1983, Nabila Khashoggi co-founded Infolex, a search engine for travel information developed by software engineers with design and marketing experience whose work anticipated the technology on which today’s travel search engines rely. This cutting-edge solution provided users with speedy access to travel information at airports and hotels throughout Europe and North America. For the next three years, Nabila Khashoggi worked with her brother to establish Mara Intrepids Camp as a Kenyan tourist destination. She also devoted energy to developing and marketing properties in such major markets as London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Another one of her ventures during this period involved financing and marketing mobile hospital units and associated medical equipment. With ambitions beyond business, Nabila Khashoggi has pursued training as an actress, performing on stage, in film, and on television. She is a committed supporter of The Children for Peace (ONLUS), an Italian-based nonprofit organization benefitting children in third-world countries. She is the mother of two sons and actively encourages environmental responsibility and organic lifestyle habits.

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