The Dorobo

Central Kenya

The Dorobo, a diverse people group of approximately 67,000, descended from the ancient San people and live mostly in the highland forests and mountainous areas along the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. The name “Dorobo” comes from the Masaai word “Il-torrobo,” which means “the ones without cattle.” Instead of being herders, they are hunters and gatherers and are skilled at forest navigation and beekeeping. They live in small settlements at the top of different ridges, are very adaptable to their environment, and hold animistic beliefs.