Taking 32 Samburu Women on Their First Safari

Jan 22, 2014 | Categories: Community, Education, Lions, Reserves | 7 Comments

Last week we took 32 Samburu women from Westgate Conservancy on a safari to Samburu National Reserve.  The ladies had never been before!  A few had driven through the Reserve on their way to Archers Post, yet they had never seen wildlife close-up.  We asked the women what they wanted to see – some said buffalo – we quickly told them this would be difficult as buffaloes disappeared from Samburu in 2009.  Most of them however said they wanted to see lions and leopard!

Setting out in the morning

We set off early in convoy – there were four cars filled with animated, beautifully dressed women who were excited about their day’s adventure.  We met with the warden of Samburu, Mr Gabriel Lepariyo, who chatted to the women about the Reserve, its wildlife and its importance as a tourism destination.

We quickly moved on in search of the big cats.  By 11 am, we had not seen much and there were no signs of lions  – we had a few close up views of elephants – and a few crocodiles. But the women were quiet – they kept asking “Koray simba?”… “Where are the lions?”. We were determined to find them and with four cars out, we decided to split up and cover huge ground in search of the cats.

Finally, we found some tracks and followed them keenly. At last! We saw Nanai and Nabulu.  They were feeding on something which was hard to determine as they were in thick bushes. The women looked through binoculars and chatted amongst themselves about what it could be.  Some said waterbuck, others said warthog. Eventually it was clear what it was – the lionesses were feeding on a baboon!  We hoped that Nanai’s cubs were in the area as we would have loved to show the women these 3 little cubs, but they were nowhere to be seen.

Jeneria showing the women the lions

The women were thrilled after seeing the lions

On the game drive

The women got to see other rarely seen animals such as greater kudu, reticulated giraffe and had several close-ups with big bull elephants. What none of us expected was to see an elephant give birth!  We will write about this soon.

Watching the lions through binoculars

Out on safari

Close-up with elephants

It was a great day and the women returned to Westgate singing loudly about their safari and their day’s adventure. We look forward to many more adventures with the women in the future.

 We thank Sasaab Lodge and David Daballen for their support and participation in this Women’s Safari.

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» Béatrice Vimont Desvignes said: { Jan 22, 2014 - 08:01:34 }

This is a really good idea to take these women by safari! What are their feelings about it? Do they want to remake a safari? they are really beautiful and their clothes are richly decorated and colorful, this is just gorgeous! : )

» leparmarai silas said: { Jan 22, 2014 - 09:01:43 }

this is awesome, congratulations to Ewaso lion and the entire team, more-so the person who came up with this idea of making the locals from the west gate conservancy feel they are part of the conservation. i have been there since 1989 when i was a lad, living at Ngutuk engiron, sasab, marti elkerra, now living at Naibelibeli, and have never seen this, am sure our locals will be happy about this and they will come in , to help in wildlife conservation. i understand or Morans doing great job too, in evening classes,and keeping tracking of the lions thats great. hope to see more of this. kudos to CEO Ewasa lions and my friend Dabalen. god bless you.

» Meshack Lesurmat said: { Jan 22, 2014 - 06:01:27 }

This is so amazing and the local women have really had a good day out and see the importance of conserving and valuing our conservancies. Kudo Ewaso Lions and involved.

» Carolyn Carlton-Lowe said: { Jan 22, 2014 - 06:01:38 }

Please continue to educate these women and girls. So often women are backbone of the communities, but treated like 3rd class citizens. They are talented artisans, dancers and singers. For Kenya to thrive women and girls must be fully educated and allowed to flourish. Please continue to spark their intellect and curiosity.

» admin said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 02:01:06 }

Thanks for these great comments, everyone!