US$ 15,890 / individual



23 – 28 Mar 2024
1 Participant

Penny Robartes and ORYX Photo Tours are proud to present our private photo tour to the heartland of the Samburu, whose people are of nilohamitic stock related to the Laikipiak Maasai. During the mid-19th century they controlled a very large tract of land stretching all the way from Lake Turkana to Ethiopia.

As a result of subsequent clashes with the warlike Turkana and Purko however, they were forced to retreat south to their present day range. There are approximately 1,200 registered families making up the ‘Namunak’ community. There is also a range of dry country game in the area including the handsome Reticulated Giraffe, and also showcases a little known, but very photogenic group of people, the Eastern Pokot.

Join us on a colourful and informative culture photographic experience as we meet, learn and photograph two of Kenya tribal peoples.

Why This Photo Tour Is For You


    Located on the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Northern Kenya lies Samburu National Park geographically located in Samburu County. Samburu has a distinct isolated beauty of the dry North and this is where approximately 1,200 registered Samburu families call home. Home to wildlife that do not occur in other major wildlife reserves and parks in Kenya, Samburu is rich in colour, experiences and sceneries of unmatched beauty.


    Our Samburu Tribe photo tour takes place in March which is a great time to visit Samburu National Park as the potential for short rainfalls in the afternoon create dramatic skies as spectacular backdrops to our photographs.


    The Samburu people are closely related to the Maasai tribe, both speaking a similar dialect derived from Maa. The name “Samburu” which means butterfly, was given to these people from neighbouring tribes who admired the beauty of the Samburu peoples who painted their faces using striking patterns to accentuate their facial features. They are semi-nomadic herders with cattle being of utmost importance to the Samburu culture and way of life. They also herd sheep, goats and camels. The Pokot are an old tribe that still predominately live and practice their deep-seated traditions and way of life. Where the Samburu are noted for their colourful adornments, the Pokot are not as colourfully adorned are are clothed in more earthy colours. Most Pokot peoples are pastoralists, also known as “cow people”, with one quarter being cultivators, or “corn people”. Wealth is measured by the number of cows one owns with both groups and are used for barter, exchange, and most significantly as a form of bride wealth. This is the primary way for wealth and resources to change hands in Pokot society.


    As a private tour, the group size can range from solo to a larger group size. Please note that the preferable way to travel to the Pokot is via helicopter, and seating space will need to be taken into consideration for this excursion.


    Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of Penny Robartes, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

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    Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi and Transfer to Accommodation

    Today is an arrival day in the Kenyan capital for the start of our African photo safari. Penny will meet you at the hotel for dinner where she will discuss the upcoming tour in more detail.

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    Day 2: Scheduled Flight from Wilson to Samburu

    This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Wilson Airport and enjoy a very scenic flight into the remote and dramatic landscape of the Samburu area of northern Kenya. Your accommodations is located in tribal lands to the north of Samburu National Reserve. The lodge overlooks a vast private wildlife sanctuary called Kalama Conservancy, and has exclusive access to the surrounding 200,000 acres of pristine, protected wilderness. It is from here that you will spend the next 4 nights as you explore and photograph Samburu and its people, commencing with our first afternoon into evening photo shoot.

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    Days 3 to 5: Samburu for Tribal Photography

    The Samburu are the indigenous semi-nomadic tribe and custodians of the area where your lodge is found. You have the unique opportunity to witness, interact with and learn from one of the oldest remaining tribes in Africa! Your local guides are Samburu warriors who are professionally qualified, but more importantly, who share their authentic local knowledge, ancient traditions and customs with guests. Photographic activities include, but are not exclusive to, private Warrior dances, cultural village visits, photographic opportunities with herders and their camels and cattle, and staged scenic setups with local Samburu people such as along the life-giving Ewaso Ng’iro River and on top of magnificent rock formations overlooking the arid beauty of Samburu . Penny will design and organise further exciting photographic activities on site, making each cultural photographic experience a new one, including an excursion to the remote Pokot Tribe.

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    Day 6: Fly Samburu to Wilson and Depart

    After one last final breakfast together in the heartland of the Samburu region, you will depart for Nairobi and on arrival at Wilson airport, be transferred to a hotel or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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