The Annual Maasai Olympics

People & Culture

The Annual Maasai Olympics

For centuries the Maasai have practiced a traditional rite of passage to manhood… hunting and killing lions. There are now too many people and too few lions. Things needed to change and so the Maasai Olympics was created.

Maasai Olympics patron, David Rudisha
Maasai Olympics patron, David Rudisha

Now in its third year, this annual event held in Kenya showcases traditional Maasai tribal skills, while also protecting endangered animals.

The Maasai tribe inhabit parts of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, and are recognized as one of the most iconic tribes in Africa.

Click here to see an article by David Mack which features some incredible photos taken at the last Maasai Olympics, held on December 13, 2014.