Counting to Ten in Maa

A safari in Kenya is indeed about spotting wildlife close up in their natural environment and experiencing incredibly stunning landscapes and panoramas, but it’s also about the chance to engage with the local culture, communities and ancient tribes. For many, the educational value of the cultural immersion remains long after the photos of the leopard have become grainy. At Saruni Mara, guests get the chance to spend daily, quality time with local guides and trackers who are warm, friendly, knowledgeable and above all, a whole lot of fun!

However, you don’t need to wait until your next safari to become an expert in speaking Maa (Maasai language). You may know your “undeuxtrois” from your “einszweidrei”. But do you know your “nabo”, “are” and “uni”?

Let Saruni Mara guide, William Ole Tinka, teach you how to count from one to ten in Maa. This always ensures a great laugh – given just how different and expressive it is from our own, less entertaining way of counting!

Are you ready?

Follow the images and the finger shapes below, and then piece it all together by watching the video at the end. Get ready for a hand workout as some numbers require movement!