On the morning of our last day we did something completely different! Instead of going out on safari or visiting a local village we had photo shoot with the staff that wanted to participate. The Samburu are very proud of their heritage and culture, so luckily for us, most of them chose to help us out!
All of the following photos were taken on the lodge property just after sunrise.
Simon, our guide, was late to the party. It was easy to see why, he pulled out all the stops, showing up in full ceremonial dress.
They were great sports and it was a lot of fun, but eventually we had to let them get back to work! Our guides, Simon and Jomi stayed behind for some more shots.
The Masai are colourful, but the Samburu have them beat. The colours are so bright and vivid!
We spent the remainder of the day at the lodge, editing photos, eating and generally relaxing. That night, just after sunset, we loaded into the vehicles and drove down the hill with no idea where we were going or what they were up to. We drove to the river bed (it’s dry at that time of year) where they had a huge bonfire and tables that were set for dinner. The staff did some traditional songs and dances for us and we ate our last dinner under the stars. It was a nice surprise!
The next morning it was time to say goodbye to this amazing place and these wonderful people and fly back to Nairobi and ultimately home.
Back in Nairobi, as another amazing trip came to a close, there was time for one last Tusker before starting the long journey home.