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.