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