The Maasai people of Africa are one of a kind when it comes to economics and culture. It is no wonder that the Maasai Market is one of the tourist attractions in Kenya that represents the spirit of Africa.
If you’re searching for all things East African that are beautiful, colorful, hand-made, and authentic, then you should be heading up the road to the Maasai Market in Nairobi, Kenya. You’ll be sure to find African prints, crockery, artwork, fashion accessories, and more,whether to give as souvenirs, or just for aesthetics.
Maasai products are made by local artisans, and the market is absolutely gorgeous to behold and experience.
Here are 4 reasons why you should visit the Maasai Market
Maasai products are absolutely affordable
The jewelry, beading and fabrics used in the opening scene of Wakanda Forever were created by Ruth E. Carter, and were inspired by the Maasai tribe and other African tribes. Not everyone can afford the services of an Oscar-winning costume designer. Instead, shop to your heart’s content for beautiful and aesthetically pleasing products that suit your style at the Maasai market without going broke.
You get a variety of products from different vendors
If you visit any market regularly, you should know by now that you have to come prepared to bargain with the vendors. They will try to make you buy above the purchasing price if you’re unfamiliar with how they work. Your appearance and manner of speaking can influence how much you’ll be charged for items you purchase. So shine your eye (Nigerian slang for be wise). There’s a wide array of products to choose from at the Maasai market that will fit into your budget, so you don’t have to leave empty-handed.
You’ll be supporting the local community
When you buy from the locals, you are helping to build the economy and improve their lives. Most Africans prefer foreign goods over local goods and this practice has affected the continent adversely. The more money you spend buying goods at the Maasai market, the more you can help to boost the morale of the local artisans. Many crafts are no longer in existence in Africa due to negligence on the part of the government and the people.
For a robust cross-cultural experience
The big pull of tourism is not only for financial benefits, but also the opportunity to showcase a people’s cultural heritage, thereby promoting greater tolerance and understanding of their way of life. The Maasai people are traditionally nomads that walk from place to place herding their cattle. They are one of the few groups that have held onto their traditions, but are slowly changing and adapting their views and beliefs in order to remain relevant both culturally and economically.
Maasai Market Opening Hours and Location
The market is open from 8 am to 6 pm, and moves around the season
Tuesday: The upper car park of Westgate Shopping Mall in Westlands – relocated to Kijabe Street opposite the Norfolk Hotel
Wednesday: Visit Capital Centre on Mombasa Road
Thursday: Nakumatt Junction Shopping Mall on Ngong Road
Friday: Village Market Mall in Gigiri
Saturday: The High Court Parking Lot, City Center
Sunday: Yaya Centre in Hurlingham