The Samburu Village
For 20 US dollars, you can visit the village in the Samburu Game Reserve. As with the Masai, the Kenyan governement has told the Samburu that if they do not kill the wildlife for their religious purposes, food, ect...then the tourists will come. And the tourists will bring them lots and lots of money! And they are! But it is very well spent for the foreigners too!
You will be taught about their lives and can ask any questions you want to a 'spokes-person' that knows English. In this case, her name was Margaret and she also teaches the other children in a school there. This particular village has been around for many years due to the fact that the school is there, although they are primarily nomade people. They danced for us, they showed how they made fire, they showed us the insides of their homes, and afterwards, we bought things from them in a 'market place' they had set up. It was fun but alot of hageling! Bring SUNSCREEN!
The Samburu people are herdsmen of camels and goats. You can see them often on the reserve boundaries bringing their animals to the river. These Samburu are closely related to the Maasai and are speaking the same language.
Traditionally the Samburu live of the milk and blood of their cattle. Their nomadic and pastoral lifestyle, historically based on the pursuit of migratory wildlife, is slowly changing due to a combination of education, new laws, jobs and income.
Many of the The Samburu people, looking tall and slender, are still wrapped in their brilliant red or blue cloth, the so-called shukas, and decorated with beads and metal jewellery. The young men or moran have long and plaited hairstyles, often coloured with ochre and decorated with feathers. At our first campsite at the riverbank we met these two moran.