Masai homestead

The Masai people have a long tradition of living in homesteads made from mud and cow dung; the cow dung is used for plastering the walls and floor. The homes are circular, with a conical roof that is open at the top to allow smoke from the cooking fires to escape. The floors are dirt, and there is no furniture. Cows are kept inside the kraal (fence), which is made of acacia thorns that prevent predators from attacking the cattle.