Tribal life is still a living, breathing part of Africa. In some cities, ancient cultures struggle to coexist with skyscrapers, modern art and underground music scenes. But step away from the urban centres and venture out into the wild and tribal rhythms still beat loud and clear. From the people of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley to Kenya’s crimson-clad Maasai warriors, tribal communities offer travellers a glimpse into Africa’s past and an insight into its future.
Omo Valley – Ethiopia
Tucked away among the forests and savanna of southern Ethiopia, the Omo Valley is a remote wilderness home to some of the most untouched people on the planet. Life here hasn’t changed much in the last thousand years, despite encroachments from hydroelectric works and palm oil farmers; the Omo and Mago rivers are still the lifeblood of the region, tribes still stick together and ritual still runs deep.
Masai Warriors - Kenya
The Maasai are probably the most famous of all the tribes in Africa. They were once the preeminent warriors of the savanna: tall, athletic and powerful. And despite representing barely two per cent of Kenya’s population, their crimson robes, colourful beads and long spears are still one of the country’s most recognisable images. We’ll introduce you to some of our friends among the tribes, people whose ancestors have lived on the Mara for untold generations.
Ashanti Tribes - Ghana
It’s Ashanti legend that, prior to Europeans arriving in Ghana, a golden stool was called down from the heavens that would give the clan eminence over all its rivals. It’s said to still exist today, although only Ashanti royalty know where it is. And although you won’t catch a glimpse of this mythical chair on your trip, the Ashanti are also renowned for their amazing crafts and ceramics – and they’re things they do love to share.