Visit a national reserve that is often regarded by travellers and guides in Kenya as the best of Kenya’s reserves. Explore the vast 165 km² Samburu National Reserve and see how it has retained a naturally tranquil and quiet atmosphere due to its remote location and fewer visitors. Enjoy a uniquely pristine safari!
Experience frequent sightings of lions, cheetah and leopard. It is true that, like all of Kenya’s parks, there is no shortage of free roaming game in Samburu. See huge herds of antelope and zebra and look out for the rare northern species found here – the Reticulated giraffe, Gerenuk, Vulturine guinea fowl and Greys zebra.
Grab those binoculars and spot some of the more than 350 bird species. Tick off Somali ostriches, bee-eaters, Grey-headed kingfishers, Marabou storks, sunbirds, eagles, Lilac-breasted rollers and Yellow-necked Spurfowls.
WHERE TO GO
Discover Samburu National Reserve in Samburu district in the northern Rift Valley Province. Explore a wilderness area that is part of a far larger wildlife conservation area, incorporating the Buffalo Springs National Reserve to the south, and the Shaba National Reserve to the east. The park is positioned about 350 km from Nairobi.
RIVER OF LIFE
Follow the life-giving EwasoNgi’ro River that divides the Samburu and Buffalo Springs reserves and forms the northern Border of the Shaba Reserve. This water source sustains the large populations of wildlife in the region including numerous crocodiles.
Feel privileged if you see the red-robed Samburu tribesmen bringing their cattle down to the river to drink. The lives of the Samburu, like the Maasai, are centred on their livestock, their traditional means of survival.
Travel across a rugged and semi-desert park dominated by a scrubby, open bush terrain. See the picturesque riverine forest of acacias, figs and palms that extend up to 200m back from the edge of the river.
Photograph the biggest and most central rocky ridge, Koitogor. Then view the slab of a mountain, OlOlokwe, just 20km north.
WHEN TO VISIT
The best time to embark on a Samburu safari is during its 2 dry seasons: from December to March and again from June to October. The rains begin in late March and run through until May with a second rainy season in November.