If time allows then following time in the Maasai Mara the group will be spending their time as guests of the Maasai. Our association with the people of the area goes back many years and we have established a camp close to the village of Labentera where John Blissett, one of the founders of Willetts, is an elder. This close relationship means that while the group is in this area they effectively become part of the family and will be afforded the same rights and protection as would be given to any member of the tribe. There is very little crime or trouble in Maasailand as the area is strictly controlled by the tribal elders and a long tradition of respect for their rulings.

It is a short transfer from the Mara so following arrival and setting up of tents the group will have time to relax before wandering down to the village where they will be welcomed in by the people performing traditional songs and dances and will be encouraged to join in. This will be followed by a tour of the village and the houses, built entirely from local materials by the women. Towards the end of the afternoon the cattle, sheep and goat herds are brought into the village to keep them safe from nocturnal predators such as Lion and Leopard. It is the perfect occasion for people to talk to the women and children of the village and learn more about their ancient way of life.

From the village a short, late afternoon walk up into the hills provides the perfect location for sundowners and an al fresco dinner with stunning views south across the Siana Plains, towards Tanzania. After dinner the group will be transported back to camp and be able to enjoy a night game drive when we often see some of the area's strictly nocturnal animals such as Genet Cats, Bushbabies, Spring Hares, etc.

The next morning the group will meet up with their Maasai guides and be taken for a walk in the surrounding countryside. As well as pointing out some of the local wildlife that is likely to include Zebra, Giraffe, Wildebeest and a number of different Antelope species, they will also stop to explain how many of the local plants are used for a wide range of herbal medicines and more practical purposes such as toilet paper and toothbrushes.

In the afternoon the group will run a nursery school for the local children who are too little to walk several miles to the nearest school and back. We often organise these nursery sessions when we are staying and they prove extremely popular with visitors and the Maasai children alike. Even a small amount of time spent learning basic numeracy and literacy has had a huge impact on the kids who attend. In 2013 we helped raise money to build a new nursery school for the local community and are now looking to add another classroom in the near future.

Ilparakuo Camp, where the group will be staying, is an eco-camp that we have helped the local community to set up so they have a revenue stream to enable them to fund their own projects in the future, rather than rely on external help. This means initiatives like the new nursery school are less likely to fail because the community can't pay teacher's salaries, etc. The camp is located on the side of Labentera Hill and commands stunning views over the surrounding countryside, where it is possible to see a good variety of wildlife including Giraffe, Zebra, a range of different antelope species, Elephant, etc. It is a great place to stay and, from the feedback we received after previous trips, it would appear that the stay at Labentera is often one of the highlights of the trip.