The Samburu

The Samburu

The Samburu are a Nilotic people with a total population of approximately 160,000.

About

They are closely linked to the Maasai as they share the origins, some traditions and the Maa language.
They live in settlements called ‘manyattas’ and are semi-nomadic pastoralist who are extremely dependent on their animals; cows, sheep and cows, for survival.

Origin

The origin of their name is from their neighboring tribes, who admired the beauty of the Samburu people, thus labelled them ‘Samburu’ which in fact means ‘butterfly’. The Samburu people referrer themselves as ‘Loikop/Lokop’, meaning ‘land owners’.

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