The Maasai are an ethnic group located mostly in Kenya and the northern parts of Tanzania, but because they are nomadic people they do move quite a bit in those parts of Africa. In Zanzibar you can see quite of them and they’re easily recognizable because of their striking colourful dress.
However, there’s another reason why you can spot the Maasai on the beach in Zanzibar. It seems Zanzibar is a bit of a cougar island (look up Cougar Town if you’re not familiar with the term) and the Maasai can be often seen sporting by their side a white older woman (although the older part is not always true) who obviously enjoys getting the attention of a well-built, tall, dark tribesman. We couldn’t quite figure it out if this is a payed service or if it works in some other way, but it’s quite striking when you see it.
On a completely unrelated note, tonight, part of the Dubai Twestival organised at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, a high-quality stretched canvas (16″ x 12″) of my “Through the gate” shot will be auctioned with all the proceeds going to the Dubai Autism Center. The auction is already taking place online and will continue throughout the day. I will be there from around 7.30pm, so come by, say hello and help a good cause.