Engaruka Village, The Heart For Maasai Culture – Detailed On Frank Israel


Engaruka is an abandoned system of ruins in the Great Rift Valley of northern Tanzania. Situated in the Arusha town, it is famed for its irrigation and cultivation structures. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the Great Lakes region. It is four hours drive from Arusha town.

Frank Israel is a Maasai born from Engaruka Village. For years he has been engaging on Cultural Tourism. He is a well talented person with great sense of humor.

I like hanging out with friends, socializing really. I’m quite relaxed, quite sociable so I just like to be with my friends really. I also like: writing, reading, cooking, traveling, trekking, listening to music and photography. – Said Frank


His Cultural Tours are basing on Slow Safari Travel Tour, that means, personally he prefer to savor each drop instead of downing it at light-speed. Slow travel is about recognizing the value of getting to know a place in an in-depth way, and respect the rhythm of  travelers and it´s about taking your time and being open, not setting a strict itinerary

The main aim of his Magofu Trails-Tanzania is to provide tourists with a highly memorable safari holiday experience living a safari tour, trekking around the Kilimanjaro Mountain and meeting with Masai people at Engaruka village.

Engaruka, is a land of morning calm where a relaxed atmosphere is broken by the birds, cows and goats as a sweet alarm clock.

At early morning there is a spray perfume in the air for the smoke of fires: people cook their breakfast around the fireplace, a good tea and ugali (ground maize) will give them the energy for a new day.

As Maasai  are nomadic by nature and  are a tribe of walkers, they usually wear a bright red shukka (the robes worn by all Maasai) and a stick ready for crossing great tracks of land.
Many ask: “Where are they going?” The most common answer is: “Wherever they are going” – because we are always going somewhere, usually with a herd of animals in tow.
Maasai women are the vertebral column  of our community life; our pillar of strength. Maasai men are warriors and have the responsibilities to manage our herds, resolve our community problems, and prevent the financial health of the household and village.

Engaruka ruins

These ruins are from the 15th century, an Iron Age farmer community, Dr Kaiser discovered the ruins of “Engaruka” including great stone circles, and dams since 1896 to 1897. The first detailed and archaeological investigation was done by Hans Reck in 1913.

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