The Samburu people originally lived in the Sudan Nile Valley. They reached Kenya some 500 years ago, moving southwards along the Rift Valley plains, together with their close relatives the Maasai. The Samburu, approximately 160,000 in number, settled in the Rift Valley in northern Kenya, just south of Lake Turkana.
“A deaf ear meets with death, a listening ear with blessings”
The Maasai moved further south, to what is now Tanzania. Both speak the Maa language. For centuries Samburu culture remained relatively untouched by external influences. Today, the Samburu are less isolated, with several big game reserves in their territory attracting many tourists to the region. Nevertheless, they still take great pride in their traditional way of life.