Samburu Cultural Tour

Samburu Cultural Tour : The Samburu are semi-nomadic nilotic herdsmen who reside in the north-central region of Kenya. Samburu speak the Maa language’s Samburu dialect, which is a Nilotic language. After the Kisonko (Isikirari) of Tanzania and the Purko of Kenya and Tanzania, the Samburu subtribe is the third largest in the Maa community of Kenya and Tanzania.

 In areas surrounding Samburu National Reserve and to the south of Lake Turkana, the Samburu people, like the Maasai, have remained essentially unaffected by modern civilization and maintain a number of their ancient customs.

Therefore, why visit a Samburu village, and what will you see? This one-hour visit to a Samburu village is an opportunity to interact with Samburu people and gain insight into their culture, distinctive way of life, and some of their conventions and traditions.



The Samburu Cultural visit is typically an excursion included in a lengthier multi-day Samburu safari tour, and a couple of hours are allotted for this brief interactive visit to the village, which is typically located near the Samburu game reserve’s borders. Numerous travelers want to know the cost of visiting a Samburu village. The cost of a village visit, which includes a fee and return road transfers from your Samburu lodge or camp to the village, ranges from $30 to $50 per individual.

When you are on a road safari with your own Driver-Guide who pays the entrance fee, the price is typically lower. The higher fee of USD 50 per person typically applies when you have flown in on a package safari. The Camp will then charge you the fee for the village visit, which can range from USD 30 to USD 50 per person, depending on which camp you are staying at and which village they take you to visit. It should be noted that upon entering the village, you may be expected to purchase a trinket or memento from the locals, although this is not required.


The Samburu are renowned for their distinctive cultural practices and customs. Some of these stem from their nomadic lifestyle.

Samburu Cultural Tour
Samburu Cultural Tour

 The Samburu people reside in round huts with a small entrance covered by a blanket; they have no windows, but only two holes that filter light and allow the smoke of the fire, which is typically used for cooking, to escape. The huts are constructed by women using interwoven sticks, mud, and bovine dung; they can be readily disassembled, relocated, and reassembled. There are two small rooms within the hut, one for the spouse and sons and the other for the wife and daughters.

 The cluster of these huts, known as a “manyatta” in the Samburu language, consists of four to ten families; a village is typically not permanent; it remains in one place for no more than two months, after which it moves to new locations in search of new pastures for livestock.

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