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Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is located in the arid plains north of Laikipia in Northern Kenya, along the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River. It covers about 165sqkm and is located 350km from Nairobi. Samburu National Reserve is also a traditional homeland for the Samburu people who were lured to this area due to the availability of the Ewaso Ng’iro River that provides water for their herds. The crocodile-infested river is also a thirst-quenching ground and attracts a number of wildlife from the surrounding savannah Plains.

Samburu National reserve’s magnificent landscape features palm groves and riverine forests growing amidst arid and semi-arid ecosystems hence creating an otherworldly atmosphere.

If you have previously been to Kenya or you are seeking a more off-the-beaten-path holiday with lots of unique wildlife, then Samburu National Reserve is the place to be. It is a rewarding Safari destination with unique experiences and great game viewing. Captivating Samburu elephant herds saunter over this game-rich reserve and big cats prowl through thick acacia forest.

The reserve is home to the rare Northern special five species which are Grevy zebra, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and the Beisa oryx, this craggy, rugged region unfolds a romantic, awe-inspiring safari experience.

Birdlife is also abundant with over 450 recorded species including the lesser kestrel, vulturine guinea fowl and also the Taita falcon among others.


Activities in Samburu National Reserve

Game Drives

Game drives allow you to explore the park and see a myriad of wildlife, most notably the rare Northern special 5 which are; the Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra and the Beisa oryx. Other sightings in this dusty reserve include; large herds of buffalos, leopards, cheetahs and also lions.


Nature walk

Samburu National Reserve is a fascinating destination for nature treks with a semi-arid terrain traversed by the Ewaso Ng’iro River which is the area’s constant water supply. Nature walks are primarily done along the river’s banks with an experienced guide and an armed guide where you may witness wildlife like hippos, elephants, crocodiles and birds.


Cultural Encounter with the Samburu people

You will be delighted by cultural dances and music from the Samburu people, as well as witness the circumcision ritual and also their traditional marriage. Once a boy has been circumcised, he is regarded a Moran (warrior) in Samburu culture and tradition.


When to Visit

July to October and December to March are the driest months and the best for visiting though the reserve is also enjoyable in the wetter seasons.


How to Get to Samburu National Reserve

By Road

Samburu National Reserve is about 350km from Nairobi city and about 6 hours’ drive.

By Air

International flights can arrive in Nairobi through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Moi International Airport and from here, you can then take a charter flight to one of the airstrips within the reserve.


Samburu Entry Gates

It has a number of entry gates and they include;

Archer’s Gate

West Gate

Kalama Gate

Uaso Bridge Gate

Central Airstrip Gate


Accommodations in Samburu National Reserve

These Accommodations in Samburu range from Luxury and Mid-Range to Budget and they include;

Luxury Accommodations

Saruni Samburu

Saasab Camp

Larsens Tented Camp

Samburu Intrepids Camp

Elephant Bedroom Camp

Elephant Watch Camp

Samburu Simba Lodge

Sentrim Samburu Camp

Sarova Shaba Game Lodge


Mid-Range Accommodations

Samburu Game Lodge

Samburu Sopa Lodge

Ashnil Samburu Camp

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