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Maasai Mara|Amboseli|Tsavo East and West|Laikipia|Samburu, Shaba & Buffalo Springs|Meru

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Bird Watching

This area is very popular with birders, and specialist birding safaris. Samburu and Buffalo Springs have over 380 recorded species, with similar numbers in Shaba. Notable species recorded include arid endemics such as Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow Weaver, Shining Sunbird and the Bristle Crowned Starling, many Vulturine Guinea fowl, several Hornbill species, Somali Ostrich and rare species such as the Taita Falcon, migratory Kestrels and William’s Lark.




Herbalism

For those with an interest in traditional medicine, some safari operators and private sanctuaries can arrange for guests to learn more about the herbal medicines and rites of the Samburu.

Throughout most of Kenya's traditional cultures, herbalism has played a major role. Traditional healers used blends and preparations of native herbs, leaves, and particularly barks to treat and prevent a wide range of ailments and disease. This practice continues today, with herbal practitioners known as Daktari wa Miti Shamba offering traditional remedies.

As the practice fades, studies have shown that in many cases these traditional blends were indeed beneficial and potentially curative. One of the largest problems, however, is that these remedies and recipes were handed down orally from generation to generation, with no written or permanent record. So as the practice fades and these traditions are abandoned so is a treasure trove of medicinal practices that may hold great scientific value.

Efforts are now being made to research and record these practices before it is too late. Visitors can arrange to learn more and visit with traditional healers and herbalists.

Another fascinating and fading part of traditional culture in this area is the practice of divination and prophecy. The Samburu have many astrological beliefs, and read the night sky and position of the stars to make prophecy and predictions.Spending time among the traditional people of this region is the best way to gain an insight into local beliefs and customs.
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