The Maasai people is just one of Tanzania's many tribes, but everywhere in northern Tanzania (and even in Dar es Salaam) you will see them swept in their bright red-checked blankets. The women wear big earrings and plate-like bead necklaces, while the men have pierced ears and might wear the warrior hairdo. They are such an integrated part of the Tanzanian population, that only tourists find them fascinating - and extremely photogenic. However, the chances of stumbling upon a Maasai village while travelling through Tanzania might not be big, so many tourists choose the easy option and add a "Maasai village visit" to their safari itinerary in Serengeti or Ngorongoro. Here you visit a real, though touristified, village. You pay a fee and for that you get a group dance (with the jumping), a short tour of the village, and chance to buy souvenirs, all the while you can take as many photos as you like. Some find the experience awfully awkward and disappointing, not unlike an ethnological zoo, while others see this as a mutual transaction, where the Maasai get an income from the flow of safari-tourists who travel through their land, and the tourist get a short glimpse into the harsh life of the Maasai – and some pictures.