Things to Do in Samburu: 6 Most Exciting

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Explore Kenya beyond the skyscrapers of Nairobi and the dusty plains of the Great Rift Valley. Visit a far flung county that is home to the nomadic Samburu people, and endless rugged plains.

Samburu County has become a gem for adventure seekers. If you want to see what this county has for you, here are 5 exciting things to do in Samburu.

  1. Ride a camel

Samburu’s lifeline is the Ewaso Nyiro River, which meanders through Samburu National Reserve, leaving a trail of lush pasture for the reserve’s thousands of species. Ride a camel along the banks of this river. A Samburu guide will guide the camel along the riverbank’s trail and into the local villages. Remember, the national camel derby takes place in Maralal, which is the main town in Samburu County. Participating the derby is another of the most exciting things to do in Samburu.


Reticulated giraffes in Samburu.

  1. Mingle with the Samburu people

Learn more about the fascinating culture of the Samburu when you visit a village in this county. Discover their nomadic way of life, and participate in activities around the homestead such as goading cattle into the pen, making traditional ornaments and milking goats.

Samburu warriors making a fire.

Samburu warriors making a fire.

  1. Discover the rare five species

In this county, a game drive’s highlight is spotting the rare five that are the Beisa oryx, the Somali ostrich, gerenuk, the reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra. Explore the county’s main wildlife sanctuaries that are Samburu National Reserve, Shaba and Buffalo Springs reserves.

  1. Climb Mount Ol Lolokwe

Explore the magnificent Mt. Ol Lolokwe. The five or more hours’ hike will reward you with unprecedented views of the county.

  1. Attend Lmuget ceremony

The Samburu, just like the Maasai, host auspicious celebrations when a Samburu moran( warrior) becomes an elder. Known as lmuget, this ceremony takes place in about seven years, and it is celebrated by the families, the morans as well as their friends. You ought to visit Samburu when lmuget is about to take place.

  1. Discover the singing Wells

A lot takes place in the Singing Wells of Samburu. When the Samburu take their thousands of livestock to these wells, they dig up to water the troughs, and call out their animals with tunes that the livestock recognise as the family tune. In addition to being a watering place, the Samburu also gather at the wells to socialise. Wild animals also stroll to the wells in the evening to enjoy what’s left of the water dug up during the day. You need to see this side of Samburu. As you consider unforgettable things to do in Samburu, find out where you will stay during your safari.


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  1. emma

    October 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    we did all of these an had one of the most unforgettable, authentic trips of our lives. It was a bit cool at the summit so if you climb the mountain, bring a jacket or sweater.

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