Close up portrait of Samburu warrior - the Great Africa Rift Valley in back, Northern Kenya

 

 

Peoples of Kenya

The Samburu

The Samburu are related to the Masai although they live just above the equator where the foothills of Mount Kenya merge into the northern desert. They are semi-nomadic pastoralists whose lives revolve around their cows, sheep, goats, and camels. Milk is their main stay; sometimes it is mixed with blood. Meat is only eaten on special occasions. Generally they make soups from roots and barks and eat vegetables if living in an area where they can be grown.

Most dress in very traditional clothing of bright red material used like a skirt and multi-beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings, especially when living away from the big cities.

See other tribes of Kenya: El Molo, Maasai, Kikuyu, Turkana
See other gallery of Samburu in the Nyiru Mountanis

Photographs by Frantisek Staud


 Elderly Samburu woman in South Horr, Kenya
 Old Samburu man in red cover resting before colorful butchery wall, South Horr, Kenya
 Elderly Samburu woman in South Horr, Kenya
 Samburu mother with little child in her arms, Lake Turkana, Kenya
 Samburu mother with little child in her arms, Lake Turkana, Kenya
 Samburu mother with little child in her arms, Lake Turkana, Kenya
 Elderly Samburu woman resting in South Horr, Kenya
 Elderly Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal decorations of bead necklaces, Kenya
 Cold Soda  hotel owner in South Horr, Kenya
 Old Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal decorations of bead necklaces, Kenya
 Samburu warrior wearing traditional tribal decoration, Kenya
 Old Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal ornaments of bead necklaces, Kenya
 Old man and shadow - Samburu man in red blanket resting before colorful butchery wall, South Horr, Kenya
 Old Samburu man in red blanket resting before colorful butchery wall, South Horr, Kenya
 Old man and shadow - Samburu man in red blanket resting before colorful butchery wall, South Horr, Kenya
 Samburu mother with little child in her arms, South Horr, Kenya
 Samburu mother with little child in her arms, South Horr, Kenya
 Samburu mother with little child in her arms, Kenya
 Samburu warrior covered in red blanket gesturing, Kenya
 Portrait of Samburu warrior wearing red blanket, Kenya
 Thoughtful Samburu man covered in red blanket and obscured by clouds, Kenya
 Beautiful Samburu girl carrying plastic barrel on her head, Kenya
 Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal decorations, Kenya
 Beautiful Samburu girl carrying plastic barrel on her head, Kenya
 Smiling lips of Samburu woman with colorful bead necklaces, Kenya
 Colorful bead necklaces of Samburu tribe, Kenya
 Samburu woman brushing her teeth with a twig, Kenya
 One Samburu warriors in red blankets walking at the horizon, Northern Kenya
 Two Samburu warriors in red blankets walking at the horizon, Northern Kenya
 Three Samburu warriors in red blankets walking at the horizon, Northern Kenya
 Portrait of Samburu woman, Kenya
 Thoughtful Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal decorations, Kenya
 Portrait of Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal ornaments, Kenya
 Samburu warrior riding bicycle in the plains of Northern Kenya
 Samburu woman with colorful bead necklaces, Kenya
 Samburu warrior standing at Losiolo Escarpment on the edge of the Great Africa Rift Valley, Northern Kenya
 Samburu warrior standing at Losiolo Escarpment on the edge of the Great Africa Rift Valley, Northern Kenya
 Samburu warrior in red blanket walking over the heights of Losiolo Escarpment, Kenya
 Samburu warrior standing at Losiolo Escarpment pointing down to the Great Africa Rift Valley, Kenya
 Samburu warrior wearing traditional tribal dress, Kenya
 Samburu girl in the plains of Northern Kenya
 Samburu warrior wearing traditional tribal decoration, Kenya
 Samburu warrior with modern wrist watch - the Great Africa Rift Valley in back, Northern Kenya
 Samburu warrior and dead tree at Losiolo Escarpment on the edge of the Great Africa Rift Valley, Northern Kenya
 Samburu warrior standing at Losiolo Escarpment on the edge of the Great Africa Rift Valley, Northern Kenya
 Eco-tourism project at Losiolo Escarpment  free of tourists, Northern Kenya
 Old Samburu man waiting for tourists in Eco-tourism project at Losiolo Escarpment, Northern Kenya
 Eco-tourism project at Losiolo Escarpment  free of tourists, Northern Kenya
 Portrait of Samburu boy wearing genuine tribal ornaments and ivory earplugs, Kenya
 Close-up portrait of Samburu boy wearing genuine tribal ornaments and ivory earplugs, Kenya
 Portrait of Samburu boy wearing genuine tribal ornaments and ivory earplugs, Kenya
 Smiling Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal ornaments, Kenya
 Samburu woman wearing genuine tribal ornaments, Kenya
 Sad Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal decorations, Kenya
 Smiling lips of Samburu woman with elaborated bead necklaces, Kenya
 Samburu and Rendille women wearing colorful tribal decorations, Kenya
 Smiling Samburu woman with elaborated bead necklaces, Kenya
 Tobacco in the hands of Samburu woman, Kenya
 Smiling Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal decorations, Kenya
 Close up of connected fingers of Samburu woman, Kenya
 Samburu woman drinking water from plastic bottle, Kenya
 Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal decorations, Kenya
 Three little Samburu boys in the village of South Horr, Kenya
 Rendille woman wearing genuine tribal decoration, Kenya
 Smiling Rendille woman wearing genuine tribal decoration, Kenya
 Smiling Rendille woman with elaborated bead necklaces, Kenya
 Old Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal decorations, Kenya
 Old and half-blind Samburu woman wearing colorful tribal decorations, Kenya
 Samburu woman wearing tribal bead ornaments sitting inside her cottage, Kenya
 Samburu woman making tribal bead ornaments, Kenya
 Jablonex  colorful beads from Czech Republic are used by Samburu for making tribal ornaments, Kenya
 Samburu woman making tribal bead ornaments, Kenya

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