Friday 29 September 2023


The Nkurra Mountain Range, located in the picturesque region of Wamba in Samburu East, is famous for its unique resemblance to a sleeping woman. This natural wonder has a captivating story deeply ingrained in the culture and folklore of the Samburu people.

Legend has it that many generations ago, the Samburu community discovered the Nkurra Mountains and noticed the remarkable shape of the range, which uncannily resembled a woman peacefully reclining. The locals named the range "Nkurra,"  and believed that it held a special significance.

According to their folklore, the Nkurra Mountains were once home to a powerful and benevolent spirit known as "Nkurra Mama," the Mother of Nkurra. Nkurra Mama was seen as a guardian of the land, watching over the people and the wildlife that inhabited the region. She was believed to possess the ability to bring prosperity and protection to those who honored the mountains and the natural world.

The Samburu people, inspired by this belief, lived in harmony with the Nkurra Mountains and the surrounding environment. They practiced sustainable agriculture, conserved water sources, and held ceremonies to pay tribute to Nkurra Mama, seeking her blessings for bountiful harvests and peace within the community.

Over the years, this deep connection between the Samburu people and the Nkurra Mountains fostered a unique way of life. The mountains served as a source of inspiration and guidance for the community, encouraging them to respect the land and live in balance with nature.

Today, visitors visit Wamba in Samburu East come not only to witness the breathtaking beauty of the Nkurra Mountain Range but also to learn from the Samburu people about their enduring relationship with the land and the enduring legend of Nkurra Mama.

The story of Nkurra serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving the natural world and respecting the ancient traditions that connect us to it.

Via Leadekei Alois

Image: Nkurra Mama ~ The Sleeping Lady in Samburu East, Kenya.

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