Samburu is in Northern Kenya and offers some rare species of animals that cannot be seen in some of the other game parks and reserves.
It’s one of Kenya’s most popular reserves for tourists, after the Maasai Mara.
Landscape & Location
Samburu is close to the Shaba and Buffalo Springs National Reserves. It’s much drier and hotter than some of the grassland areas in central Kenya and it’s part of a lava plain that includes rocky outcrops, steep hills and dried river beds. Through the centre of the reserve runs the Ewaso Ngiro river (also known as the Brown river) and so all along this valued source of water, is rich green forest, doum palms, acacia trees and tamarind trees which create the perfect home for wildlife. This is a hot, arid region with acacia woodland reserves. Buffalo Springs is right next to Samburu separated only by the river
In this region you can see different varieties of rare and endangered animals not seen in other parks. The reticulated giraffe and Grevy’s zebra look very different from the regular giraffe and zebra seen in other games parks – we think their markings are more beautiful! We also love the long necked gerenuk, which is an antelope which stands on two legs to eat from the tops of bushes which is fascinating to see. There are also many elephant, cheetah and leopard. Birdlife is plentiful with large flocks of guinea fowl seen and the pygmy falcon and sand grouse frequently seen. As well as these rare breeds of animals, Samburu also has a wide variety of other animals seen in other parks within Kenya. You have a good chance of seeing hippos, crocodiles, lion and leopard, as well as the other antelopes, birds and small mammals commonly seen elsewhere.
Traditional Samburu homesteads are interesting to visit with these tall regal people dressed in colourful attire. Most camps and lodges will offer visits to the distinctive villages in the area (you’ll usually need to pay extra for this). Here you can see traditional mud huts as learn how the people in this area live, and the traditions they have.
Where to Stay
BKenya recommended places to stay:
- Samburu Intrepids ♥♥♥♥♥
- Joy’s Camp ♥♥♥♥♥
- Sasaab Lodge ♥♥♥♥♥
- Samburu Serena Safari Lodge ♥♥♥♥♥
- Elephant Bedroom Camp, Samburu ♥♥♥♥
- Ashnil Samburu Camp ♥♥♥♥
- Sarova Shaba Game Lodge ♥♥♥♥
The Ewaso Ngiro river often floods dramatically in June. Some camps have a history of flooding so most have learnt over the years to build on high stilts. It’s quite an exciting thing to see the brown water rushing down, sometimes with huge waves many metres high.
Directions: From Nairobi – 6 hours drive or 45 minutes flight from Wilson Airport