Olpopongi Maasai village is a cultural museum that is located near the Tinga tinga village ward of eastern Arusha region. It was purposely built with the help of the local Maasai to be a museum, with the main aim of letting the tourist not only see but also experience the authentic Maasai life. Most of the Maasai you would find there are employees and rather than residents, ensuring little to no disturbance of the actual Maasai villages, culture and lifestyle.
Olpopongi has a museum that showcases Maasai equipment, jewelry, housing, furniture and other equipment that you would find in a Maasai village. On top of that it also offers overnight stay where guests get to sleep in a traditional Maasai house and bed. A visit to the place would also be filled with tours of the surrounding areas as well as walking safaris and traditional hunting.
Olpopongi has the shape and structure of traditional Maasai villages, locally known as Boma*. Most of the structures were built using traditional materials and architecture to be similar to those found in nearby Maasai villages, with the exception of a few facilities such as the toilets, kitchen and benches which have modern equipment for higher guest comfort.
The camp provides employment with the proceeds contributing towards the education, food, water of the local Maasai. Most of the jewelry and curios on sale are hand made by locals.
* Boma - traditional Maasai compound, usually round in shape, with more than one house inside, enclosed by a thick fence made of branches of thorn trees that serve as protection from wild animals.
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