Extraordinary Journeys Invites Travelers to Experience the Maasai Olympics in Kenya

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Extraordinary Journeys has announced the release of its latest cultural travel experience, a unique and rare opportunity to attend the biennial Maasai Olympics in Kenya. Taking place December 15, 2018, the Maasai Olympics takes center stage in Extraordinary Journeys’ newest fixed-departure itinerary, which will feature a three- or four-night stay at the intimate Great Plains Ol Donyo Lodge (Relais & Chateaux). The new limited-space departure is in partnership with Great Plains Conservation and will take place between December 13 to 17, 2018.

The Maasai Olympic games began as a conservation-focused alternative to the traditional rite of passage into manhood, which required hunting of lion. In 2012, Maasai elders from the Amboseli/Chyulu/Tsavo region pioneered the Maasai Olympics to redirect the lion hunting tradition towards wildlife and habitat conservation. The event became a resounding success, and now men and women gather on the plains in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro to compete in events that showcase athletic endurance, skill, and strategy. It has become an important event on the Kenyan social calendar, with colorful decorations, dancing, and general festivity, making this a showcase for Maasai culture in transition.

Maasai warriors participate in Olympic sporting events including track, spear-throwing, rungu-throwing (a symbolic wooden club), and traditional Maasai high jump (the most recognizable ritual, “the jumping dance,” of this culture). Once the teams are ready to compete, six regional competitions are held, from July through October, culminating in the Olympics Day final in December. Each of these teams represents a different manyatta (village), and they compete in front of their friends and family, international media, celebrities, government officials, and a select group of travelers.

A life-impacting competition, the Maasai Olympics allows winners to earn educational scholarships, a stud bull, and other honors and awards. Additionally, surveys show that the Olympics are an effective way to encourage conservation in the area — as of 2016, up to 93% of Maasai warriors reported they were less interested in lion killing and more interested in conservation due to the Maasai Olympics.

While at Ol Donyo Lodge, guests will complement the thrill of the Maasai Olympics competition with enriching excursions and wildlife experiences including afternoon and early evening game drives in a 4×4 open vehicle, guided bushwalks, bush breakfast and dinners, night drives, hiking, horseback riding (for all guests, novice to professional), mountain biking, tracking, and sleep outs on private “star beds.”


Extraordinary Journeys, in partnership with Great Plains Conservation, offers travelers a rare opportunity to experience and support this unique event firsthand. Guests will spend three- or four-nights at Ol Donyo Lodge betweenDecember 13 to 17, 2018, with a full day spent experiencing the Maasai Olympics on December 15. The itinerary Includes:

  • Accommodation at Great Plains’ Ol Donyo Lodge
  • Scheduled game activities
  • Exclusive Maasai Olympics activities on December 15th
  • Meals & drinks (Excluding Champagne)
  • Laundry
  • Roundtrip light aircraft transfers from Nairobi
  • Tax deductible $500.00 per person donation to the Maasai Olympics

Pricing for the Maasai Olympics itinerary starts at $2,930.00 per person. Space is extremely limited. For additional details and to book, call (212) 226-7331 or email

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