(Closed) For the ladies/couples heading to Kenya/Tanzania…

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This is true.

Also, if you do take a picture without asking, be prepared to pay whatever they ask. If you ask first, you can agree to a price. 

Post # 4
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Thanks for the Public Service Announcement.  =)

You’re right, they are in a weird position — they rely on tourism but that doesn’t mean they should be treated like the attraction.

Post # 5
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mandypop:  Nice perspective. I like to think that I was aware of what you said (am one of the ones going to TZ), but a reminder never hurts. 

Truthfully I think tourists everywhere need a reminder to be respectful of the culture, people and environment of where they are visiting. 

Post # 7
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I think this is an excellent post and should be a reminder to us all to be mindful of others. 

This relates not only to the Masai people – but all peoples and cultures.

I know in some cultures they feel taking a picture takes part of your soul – so it’s very harmful for them to have their picture taken.

I think asking (even if there is a language barrier) is respectful.   (Sign language and pointing does wonders!)

Post # 8
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Spot on.  I was going to say the same thing as previous posters that this applies to all people EVERYWHERE, not just Kenya/Tanzania.   I’ve unfortunately seen this happen all over the world – from traditional Thai people from the hilltribe villages to people from remote villages from China; it never fails to invoke a desire in me to go over to the tourists and remind them that these are people, not tourist attractions!  One of the best things about travelling is the ability to interact with different cultures and experience different ways of life but respecting that they are people too is such a crucial thing that sadly a lot of travellers seem to forget.  

That being said, the Masai people of Kenya are incredibly friendly and more often than not will be happy to allow you a photo if you smile at them, say hello, and ask permission.   We had nothing but lovely interactions with the people we met there, but the key issue was that we were friendly, chatted with them, and asked before taking a photo.

It’s all about respect for all people.

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