Penpont Heritage Centre

The Olakira le Maa Trust

The Maasai are a pastoral group found in Kenya and Tanzania, comprising of a number of sub-tribes living in different clusters, known in Maa as ILOSHON

The Olakira le Maa Trust is a grassroots organisation which has been established to secure the future for Maasai generations to come. The main aim is to understand the present day challenges and to respond strategically and creatively to them. The secondary aim is to promote a culture of peace by sharing, presenting, promoting and showcasing the best aspects of the Maasai to the world. 

One of the key objectives is to re-engage the human sense of the art of exploration and adventure as a tribute to Joseph Thomson.

About Ezekiel:

Ezekiel ole Katato is the founder and Executive Director at Olakira Le Maa Trust (OLM). A Maasai elder, peace, cultural and environmental activist, Ezekiel graduated with a Higher Diploma in Range Management and animal health from the Animal Health Training Institute, Nairobi. 

Ezekiel has worked directly with rural communities in the areas of education, health care, water, peace building, wildlife and environmental conservation. His work over the last two decades has been to seek solutions to address issues of inequality, marginalization and poverty among vulnerable groups. He has also contributed to local and global activities in culture, conservation, the changing climate and peace.

His passion, along with others who share his vision, is working to secure the socio-economic future of the Maasai people.  They are building strategic relationships with other global indigenous cultural networks.

Ezekiel conceptualized, directs and oversees Olamal Le Seriani (Journeys through Maasailand in the footsteps of Joseph Thomson). Joseph Thomson walked through Ezekiel's village of  during his expedition in 1883 which gave Ezekiel the impetus to develop this journey.  This walk is aimed at giving people the opportunity to have an experience far beyond the usual safari holiday. 



At this year's AGM, the decision was taken to  open the Centre only on Saturdays (2.00pm - 4.00pm) during July and August until further notice. For entry outwith these times, please  click here to contact us. 


Forthcoming Events -

Doors Open Days - On Saturday, 7 September, 10.00am to 5.00pm and on Sunday, 8 September, 12.00 to 5.00pm the Centre will be open as part of Doors Open Days Scotland.


Marrburn - An illustrated talk by Morris Service, taking place in the Gladstone Hall at 7:00pm on Friday, 6 September 2019.


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You can find the Post Office in the Joseph Thomson Room within the Centre on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons between 2.00 - 4.00pm.






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