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Tanzania: Snap up a Masai Shuka at the Sunday Markets
Every Sunday in Monduli Juu village (approx 1 hr driving from Arusha) the local Masai community hold their weekly markets. It's not for tourists, it is a place the locals can come and bargain for their weekly supplies - veggies, salt, soap, clothes, home wares etc. The live goat auctions can be seen down on the football field below the open air market. In the morning this is the place to come and bargain hard for your goat. If you are yet to try the Masai BBQ "Nyama" many of the bars surrounding the market sell it by the plate - add salt and "pili pili' (spicy chili sauce). Unfortunately this area and activity is only open to men, so ladies you can view whilst doing what we do best - shopping. Speaking of which, ladies don't leave Tanzania without purchasing a Kanga and Shuka. A Kanga is the gorgeous colorful two piece cotton sarong with a Swahili message worn proudly by women across East Africa. The Masai Shuka is often red or blue in color similar to the patterns of Scottish Kilts and thick woven blanket fabric which you see many traditional Masai still wearing in place of Western clothing (thankfully). Bargain hard for your bits of fabric which work well as throw rugs, pillow cases and beach towels. You can get out to Monduli by Dala Dala from Arusha quiet cheaply. Travel Tip: Please don't take photos without first asking their permission, it's considered highly offensive and shrouded with superstition that you are capturing their soul.
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