Marion visited the Maasai during famtrip for Caracal Tours & Safaris in Tanzania

Marion is a medical researcher. In the past years, she was able to combine her fascinating research job with the cultural heritage that makes tourism in Tanzania attractive. About her visit to the Maasai she says:

Hey fellow adventurers,

I’m thrilled to share with you my recent journey back to the heart of Tanzania. There I had the incredible opportunity to revisit the ward where our ONDOILO research took place from 2018 to 2022. This project focused on sexual and reproductive health among the Maasai community. It specifically addresses birth control and the Uzazi wa Mpango (Family Planning) program in Tanzania.

As a medical researcher, I’ve been fortunate to combine my passion for research with the rich cultural heritage that makes tourism in Tanzania so appealing. Thanks to my husband’s safari company, Caracal Tours & Safaris Tanzania LTD, I often find myself on familiarization trips, or “famtrips,” to explore and learn about the products we offer.

One such trip led me to the upgraded Isoitok Camp, a four-hour drive from Moshi. Despite having visited numerous times before, I was eager to experience the camp’s new features firsthand. Set amidst the breathtaking Maasai and volcanic landscapes of the Rift Valley, Isoitok Camp captivates with its natural beauty and tranquil ambiance. The vibrant colors of the untouched wilderness seamlessly blend with the camp’s surroundings, creating a harmonious retreat.

During our stay, I was warmly greeted by Ndeeni, one of our former research assistants. I immersed myself in the camp’s offerings. From sundowner walks to informative talks on traditional medicine, every moment was enriched with the essence of the bush. As we dined under the starlit sky, surrounded by the symphony of nocturnal sounds, I couldn’t help but feel a deep connection to the land and its people.

The highlight of our visit was a trip to the nearby boma. There, we were welcomed with open arms by the Maasai community. Witnessing the vibrant spirit of the people and their resilient way of life was truly inspiring. Despite the challenges brought by fluctuating weather patterns, such as El Niño, the Maasai continue to persevere. They rely on their deep-rooted traditions and collective strength.

As I reflect on this unforgettable experience, I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside such an incredible community. My hope is to secure more research grants to support initiatives that address the unique challenges faced by the Maasai and other vulnerable groups in Tanzania.

Until next time, keep exploring and embracing the beauty of our world.

Happy travels,


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