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The Samburu

Still semi-nomadic and very strongly connected to their traditions and culture, the Samburu are one of the most famous and interesting tribes in Kenya. Closely related to the Masai and speakers of a version of the Maa language, they are believed to have reached Kenya between four and five centuries ago with other Nilotic groups walking south from the Horn of Africa.

The nearest town to Saruni Samburu is Archer’s Post, a dusty settlement still with the flavour of a remote frontier post. Within the group ranch where we are located, many clans still lead a simple life in lightly-built settlements; the buildings are removed and transported to other areas, following the cycle of wet and dry seasons. In such a harsh environment, the Samburu have not developed agriculture, trade or industry. Their only wealth comes from cattle-herding, namely camels, goats, sheep and a cows. Most of the men and all the women wear colourful traditional attires, often based on red and white.

Tall, very intelligent and sensitive, the Samburu people have learnt how to survive in challenging conditions and today are among the pioneers of eco-tourism in Kenya. Like the Kalama community, many other communities believe that the large group ranches that they own can provide an income as wildlife sanctuaries. Our Samburu guides and trackers know this land inside-out and will take you on a journey of meaningful discovery through it.

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