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More on Cultural Safaris in Kenya

Hirola safaris includes most of its safaris with a visit to Maasai  and Samburu Village. Visiting a manyatta or Eng’ang’ is a good way to learn more about Maasai culture and everyday life. There are many manyattas (often called cultural manyattas) in this area that can be visited by tourists. It is worth arranging this through a reputable guide, and a guided visit will probably be much more informative. The best way to experience and learn about the Maasai life is to take a foot safari or organized trek with an experienced Maasai guide. This is a good chance to get to know the area and to spend time among Maasai communities. It is also a great way to experience the bush and the wildlife from a completely different perspective to your own.

Samburu Tribesmen

Although less well known than their Southerly Maasai cousins, with whom they share a language, the Samburu have an equally intricate and fascinating culture.
Ranging across the great Northern plains and ranges south of Lake Turkana, the Samburu are a people both proud and protective of their culture and the ancestral lands to which it binds them. The Samburu have formed an unlikely cultural bond with another tribe of desert nomads, the Rendille.  Most safaris and treks through this region will pass through Samburu lands. It is well worth spending some time learning more about the Samburu and their culture. The best way to do this is to take a camel or walking safari with a local Samburu guide, or to stay in a lodge or camp managed by a Samburu community. More recently, the Samburu have began herding camels and using them as pack animals. The art of camel husbandry was probably acquired from their close relationship with the Rendille and Turkana peoples of the Northern frontier deserts. Their homesteads, ‘Manyattas’ are usually a circular encampment of long, low, rounded houses, created by daubing cattle dung over a framework of sticks.

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