The Maasai Market is a modern display of an indigenous people’s culture. It sells African artefacts and has become a convergence zone for various kinds of people, including tourists, in search of ‘authentic’ African souvenirs.
The Maasai Market – Guide
For the ultimate breath of culture and color, the Masai Market gives you the opportunity to buy authentic African art, hand- crafted beaded jewelry and clothing as souvenirs, gifts and even decorating material you could use for your home back in your country. At very affordable prices, you can purchase as many products as possible and at the same time promote local handicraft businesses.
As seen below, the venue for the open air Maasai Market keeps of changing with the days of the week so feel free to find a day and come spoil yourself.
Maasai Market Schedule
The Masai Market is open several days a week at different locations in Nairobi. The sector has attracted private individuals to open up shop in various towns, mostly tourist destinations. The Maasai sculpture is one of the most famous art works that depicts the culture of the community.
Maasai Market Days
|Day of the week||Location|
|Tuesday||Off Kijabe Street, near Text Book Center
Prestige Plaza, 1st floor Rooftop Parking,
|Wednesday||Capital Center, Mombasa Road|
|Thursday||The Junction, 3rd floor parking, Ngong Road|
|Friday||Village Market, Limuru Road
Galleria Shopping mall, junction of Langata road and Magadi road
|Saturday||Nairobi Law Courts Parking, City Center
Adams’ Arcade, Ngong road
|Sunday||Law Courts Parking, City Center
Safari Park Hotel, Thika Road
Yaya Center, Argwings Kodhek Road
Adams Arcade, Ngong road
Maasai Market Empowerment Trust (MMET)
The Maasai Market Empowerment Trust (MMET), an NGO for artisans at the Masai Market and other parts of the country, seeks to inform, educate and empower artisans and handicraft makers on intellectual property and protect their creations and inventions through patenting and trade marking. Seminars, campaigns, workshops and other awareness programmes have been used to do this.
The trust also hopes to give financial help to members to expand their businesses. The trust organized an intellectual property rights campaign to agitate for the return of the kiondo (basket), kikoi and other Kenyan innovations that have been patented elsewhere, to their rightful owners.