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A Samburu wedding ceremony – explained

Guests John & Alyson chose Saruni Samburu and its stunning landscape as the backdrop for their ‘spiritual Samburu blessing’, ahead of a traditional ceremony back in the States. The sequence of images below wonderfully illustrate the various stages that make up a traditional Samburu wedding celebration, and more importantly, their significance and meaning. Thank you John & Alyson for sharing these incredible photos – and congratulations!

At the beginning of the ceremony, the bride and groom to be are invited to take a seat together on small, hand carved, wooden stools.

The tribal elders address the bride and describe to her how sacred marriage is, and they remind the groom of his obligations to his bride-to-be.

The groom and his best man lead the bride away from ‘her father’s homestead’ while, the other elders of the clan bless their union.

Milk plays a large role in a Samburu wedding; it has a magic and religious presence and is used for anointing during the rituals.

The elders walk around the couple with a wand-like creation containing either cow, giraffe, or wildebeest tail hair, and wisp drops of milk over the couple whilst sharing their wisdom with the married couple.

Substantial quantities of milk are prepared for the ceremony as traditionally the bodies of the newly-weds are actually smeared in the milk.

Once the elders’ have finished sharing their wisdom with the newly-weds, and the vows have been exchanged, it’s time to celebrate the union.

The young ‘moran’ (unmarried warriors) of the village now dance in celebration.

Of course in Samburu tradition, the moran that can jump the highest, is the one that will attract the attention of the single ladies at the wedding!

Much dancing and celebrations continue – with everyone joining in.

Traditionally, the newly-weds then spend their honeymoon in a ‘white’ or ‘pure’ house (a house that has not yet been lived in) to begin their life together.

National Geographic

By | Home Page Featured, Saruni In the Media

March 2018

We crept through arid bushland, pushing aside prickly commiphora bushes and avoiding the sandy soil that crunched noisily underfoot. When we were 30 meters away from a creature that has lived on earth for 50 million years, we stopped. A sandgrouse erupted noisily from a whistling thorn tree and Loicharu’s feathered ears twitched, rotated and twitched again. Read the article

Spear’s Magazine – UK

By | Saruni In the Media

February 2018

It’s surprising how loudly your heart appears to thump in your chest when your survival depends on silence. Treading stealthily through sun-scorched scrub in the Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya, I’m conscious of every quickening beat, and flinch at each clumsy crunch, as parched branches and leaves underfoot betray me. A few paces ahead my Samburu guide, Sammy Lemiruni, is shaking an incongruous, ash-filled knotted sock to reveal the direction of the wind, and soundlessly signalling directions: walk in single file; stay quiet; crouch behind a tree and then, with considerably more resolve: Do. Not. Move.

Financial Times Online – How to Spend It

By | Saruni In the Media

 4th February 2018

The black rhino has been hunted to near extinction, with only 5,000-5,400 now left in the wild. Recent conservation initiatives have seen numbers inch upwards, but the future of the species still hangs in the balance. In 2015, in northern Kenya, the Sera Rhino Sanctuary opened as the first community conservancy in east Africa dedicated to the protection of the black rhino. Read the article

Xpose IE – Ireland

By | Saruni In the Media

24th January 2018

A quiet corner of northern Kenya offers East Africa’s first black rhino tracking experience. Sarah Marshall visits the pioneering community-owned project and goes in search of one of the world’s most endangered species. Crushing my body tightly against a boulder, I’m frightened to even breathe. Like the final moments in a thrilling blockbuster shoot out, I know at some point I’ll have to move; the question is not if, but when. Read the article 

WILK Magazine, Kenya

By | Saruni In the Media

January 2018

Some ideas turn out to be genuinely good. Others sound good, but turn out to be questionable when put into action. As one-and-a-half tonnes of a notoriously bad tempered beast with a sharply pointy front-end stared me down from a few metres away, I wondered if this idea was going to be one of the latter.

Conde Nast – House & Garden Destinations, UK

By | Saruni In the Media

January 2018

The belly of our plane grazes the dry bed of Ewaso Nyiro River, scattering vervet monkeys in its wake. For me, nothing beats the exhilarating, yes-to-life high of flying over sub-Saharan Africa in a private plane. But this blows your average airstrip-to-airstrip transfer out of the water. It’s about as much fun as you can have wearing a seatbelt.

Travel Pulse, US

By | Saruni In the Media

1st December 2017

There are many ways to get involved in the effort to save rhinos from extinction. One can donate to organizations working to protect them from poaching (such as the World Wildlife Fund), refuse to buy rhino horn products and help raise awareness about their battle for survival by spreading the word on social media and other platforms. Read the article

Business Daily, Kenya

By | Saruni In the Media

30th November 2017

The festive season is here! And rather than fly out of the country, plan to dine in the bush amid the trumpets of elephants and bleats of giraffes at the Maasai Mara game reserve. With more than 100 camps and lodges, the destination has morphed into an astounding natural beauty, but it can also be crowded and some tented camps lack privacy. Read the article

Lonely Planet, UK

By | Saruni In the Media

29th November 2017

Animal lovers who want to get up close and personal with the endangered black rhino now have the opportunity with this new walking safari experience that also encourages conservation in the local community. Saruni Rhino offers people a chance to track the black rhino on foot with the help of local expert guides and rangers. They use a combination of traditional Samburu tracking techniques and technology. Each of the 11 black rhinos in the conservancy have microchips inserted into their horns, meaning guests should be able to get within metres of the animals. Read the article