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Maasai Cultural Wedding

Payable Extra $650

Couples can organize to have a blessing ceremony to celebrate their union or married couples may choose to renew their vows. These types of event can take place in a choice of beautiful locations and with no paperwork as NO official certificates are supplied. Meals are included in the accommodation cost however special requests are tailor made and charged separately.

Breakfast at the lodge, then proceed on a game drive towards the Mara North conservancy at the heart of the conservancy where people still live in very traditional way. At about 11 AM you stop at a manyatta. It’s a traditional construction with a painted-decorated Masai huts in the middle, surrounded by dry tree branches – to form a circle for the cattle. At the entrance Maasai warriors in full regalia welcome the bride and groom who enter the Boma walking through a gallery of spears, while the warriors sing their deep moving songs.

The guests watch the warriors, while a group of beautiful Maasai women sing and dance as well. Warriors and women follow different musical styles, but the two songs mix very well. The elder meet them, shake hands and the Saruni guides – Masai ex warriors themselves – stay at the side of the guests to accompany them through the ceremony. After a few songs, the elders of the Saruni area – who wear the traditional skins – get to the centre of the stage and bless the bride and groom on their forehead with a mix of blood and milk. The leader of the men gives the groom a beaded stick that symbolizes authority, the leader of the women gives the lady a beaded collar.

The warriors dance and the couple are taken out of the Boma to walk about, accompanied by the elders. It symbolizes the journey, physical and metaphorical, from the previous life & family to the new life & family, And they are given a new name by the community. From then on, at Saruni they will be known with her new Maasai name. The final act of the ceremony of the slaughtering of the goat. The warriors do this and drink its blood. After more singing and dancing, the couple is escorted out of the Boma. The ceremony lasts about one hour.

To read more about Cultural Weddings at Saruni see our blog here 

To view our past Maasai Cultural Weddings at Saruni see the photo gallery here 

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