Samburu People by Daniel Schuhmacher

On my journey to Kenya I had the chance to meet nice local people, besides the wildlife safaris. It was great to spend time with the Samburu people and learn something about their culture and how they live.

Kindly I was allowed to take a few pictures, so I put together this photography series. Daniel tells Shut Your Aperture.

The Samburu are a Nilotic people of north-central Kenya that are related to but distinct from the Maasai. The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd mainly cattle but also keep sheep, goats and camels. The name they use for themselves is Lokop or Loikop, a term which may have a variety of meanings which Samburu themselves do not agree on. Many assert that it refers to them as “owners of the land” (“lo” refers to ownership, “nkop” is land) though others present a very different interpretation of the term.

The Samburu speak Samburu, which is a Nilo-Saharan language. There are many game parks in the area, one of the most well-known is Samburu National Reserve. (Wikipedia)

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Edin Chavez
Travel junkie, animal lover, troublemaker, daydreamer and a bit obsessed with my camera. Addicted to documentaries, coffee, hot sauce, and blue cheese.
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