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Fun Things to do in Samburu

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If you are new to the breathtaking tourist destination that is Samburu, you will be struck by the vast green vegetation that graces this dream-like tropical environment.  It is a very exciting locale in the Rift Valley that is home to nomadic tribes of the Samburu community. Thus, it has earned acclaim as one of the world’s adventure destinations.

There are five top, fun things you should consider partaking during your tour to Samburu. They are as follows:

  1. Explore the major wildlife sanctuaries in the county

Samburu County is home to a rich diversity of wildlife and it has several wildlife sanctuaries that are a natural spectacle to explore. The main reserves of interest are the Shaba Springs, Samburu National Reserve and the Buffalo Springs. In these breath-taking reserves, you will experience the thrill of a game drive, which highlights five rare species of wildlife unique to Samburu. The rare five species are Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Besia Oryx and the Somali Ostrich.

  1. Climb Mount OL Lolokwe

There is nothing as striking as a mount climbing adventure during a visit to the beautiful landscapes of Samburu County! The Mount Ol Lolokwe in Samburu is a magnificent splendor of undulating landscapes that are a pleasure to watch with exciting views.  It is quite vast and offers a visitor the pleasure of a 5hour drive to experience the natural landscape and wildlife in a close proximity to wildlife habitats, where you can exchange an intimate interaction with the flora and fauna.

  1. Visit the Singing wells

Interestingly, Samburu is home to the Singing Wells of Samburu.  Visiting the Singing Wells might be the most exciting undertaking you ever experience in this lifetime. It is such an unforgettable experience where the Samburu nomadic communities take their livestock in the thousands and dig troughs and call their animals by tunes through them and they recognize them as a family tune as the tune reverberates round the wells. Additionally, wildlife also flock the singing wells to enjoy the water supply and quench their thirst too. This is truly, a must visit scenery.

  1. Ride a camel

Samburu’s nomadic tribes rely on the natural waterways, especially the Ewaso Nyiro River, which provides for the flourishing lush vegetation for their livestock. The great River Ewaso Nyiro and green vegetation along its river banks provide a scenic trail to ride a camel along. In fact, camel rides along the banks of River Ewaso Nyiro are administered by Samburu guides into the local villages trekking through the Samburu National Reserve in Maralal where the camel derby takes place. A camel ride is truly one of the most fun things to do while in Samburu County.

  1. Experience the traditional culture of the Samburu people

Just like other traditional tribes of Kenya, the Samburu people have a unique culture, which comes with different values and ceremonies. Mingling with the Samburu people is quite fun especially interacting with their art crafts work of making traditional ornaments. They also have unique rites of passage that are marked by ceremonies such as the Lmuget ceremony that involves the initiation of a Samburu man (warrior) into an elder of the tribe among family and friends! Such ceremonies are fascinating and exciting since they display a unique culture to be found nowhere else.