February Samburu Trip by Adele

February Samburu Trip by Adele

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On the 2nd of February 2016, I went to a village in Samburu, about 25Km from Isiolo (a long way from Nairobi) with my nephew Ludovico who was here on holiday. I am always working but I have to admit, it was a mini 3 day-holiday for me too.

samburu menAnd Samburu was such a wonderful experience, how the people wear their beautiful Sukas as well as the amazing necklaces and bracelets. I was amazed at how stunning they look, as you can tell from the photos I got back, a lot of them.

samburu men

Beadwork is their main activity, with the women spending most of their time in creating amazing pieces.

samburu ladiessamburu ladiesSurprisingly, these ornaments have meaning, with a specific gold-plated ear-ring a reserve for the married women (one 18-year old, with 3 children had them on).

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The men also wear them, and with each age group, a specific piece with a specific meaning. The men specialise in making spears and clubs as well as raring their livestock.

samburu men

Their Sukas also have meaning, and have to be worn in order, blue (for the sky) on top, white (for peace) in the middle and pink (for the semi-arid land) at the bottom.

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They are headed by a village elder, without whom no decision can be made and they savour a mixture of milk and fresh blood as their staple food.


The main challenge there is lack of water and they have to walk several miles to get fresh water for them and their livestock, but they are a friendly bunch, welcoming us with song and dance was such a wonderful sight.

samburu men

samburu men

Living close to the Samburu game reserve, where we also had a glimpse of some of the wild animals over the course of our trip, we heard chilling tales as well as tales of bravery of their encounters with the wild animals, and their makeshift homes, as well as simple villages and their traditional cooking methods, showed a stunning life, for a wonderful people.


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The people of Samburu are indeed very friendly, welcoming, interesting with an admirable sense of fashion.

samburu men

samburu men

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