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 THE MAASAI

 

The Maasai Steppe in Brief

Maasai Steppe covers a wide geographical area of Arusha & Manyara Regions with a total area of about 82,000 square kilometers and some small parts of four neighboring regions of Kilimanjaro, Tanga, Dodoma, and Morogoro. In Arusha and Manyara Regions alone, Maasai Steppe covers an area of about 68,920 sq. kilometers in 4 districts namely Monduli, Simanjiro, Kiteto, and Ngorongoro. It also includes a small part of Arumeru and Hai districts, which are in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions.

(see Simanjiro on the map... )

 

The Maasai Present Social Organization System

The Maasai constitutes one of the largest pastoral groups in East Africa, who for many centuries have greatly depended on livestock production as their main source of livelihood. Surprisingly overtime these people have experienced various pastoral development failures and predicaments, which have forced them to change their traditional livestock management strategies to suit the prevailing situations for survival. This has for example compelled them to change overtime from traditional nomadic pastoral strategies to more partial sedentary practices.

 

To read more about Afya Bora´s research on Maasai topics, please follow these links:

1. The Origin of MAA Society

2. Unity and Cooperation among the MAA

3. The Maasai traditional livestock management strategies

4. Future Expectiations and Intentions

5.  How to effect the changes

6. Changes needed

7. Importance of MAA Society to the Nation

8. Maasai Knowledge of Medicinal Plants