The Samburu are a Nilotic people of Samburu County related to but distinct from the Maasai.

  1. The Samburu speak Samburu language which is a Nilo-Saharan language.
  2. The Samburu live in huts thatched with wooden poles, mud, cow dung and tree barks.
  3. The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd mainly cows but also keep goats and sheep and camels.
  4. The Samburu live in settlement known as Nkang or manyatta
  5. The Samburu are polygamous. Men are allowed to marry as many as possible wives depending on his wealth.
  6. The Samburu believe in one God, Nkai. They believe that He is the source of all protection from the hazards of their existence.
  7. With the coming of missionaries in early 90’s many Samburu people have been converted to Christianity.
  8. The Samburu have ritual diviners who are called ‘Loibonok’, Samburu believe that these people can divine the cause of illness and misfortune.
  9. The Samburu are part of the Maa speaking people as are the Maasai.