Kenya is the premier wildlife watching destination in East Africa, and because of that people often overlook the rich, historic cultures of the communities who co-exist in these plains and hills. But the tribal populations - most notably the Maasai and Samburu - know Kenya’s wild places better than anyone else, and their traditional knowledge about the plants and the animals has been passed down through the generations.
Some village visits are artificial, the displays of music and dance put on for tourists. At Journeysmiths, we favour more in-depth, authentic experiences which allow you to meet local people as equals and to share experiences with them.
Saruni Samburu’s Warrior Academy is one of our all time favourites. Highly interactive, you’ll study under the tutelage of moran (warriors), who will share with you firsthand their expertise in the bush. It’s a completely immersive experience. You’ll learn to track elephant and leopard, following prints and poo. There are classes in survival skills, building bush camps, tending goats, and, of course, how to effectively wield a spear and fire a bow and arrow. The academy can be combined with more conventional safari activities, and runs from one day programmes to a week.