Samburu national reserve
The Samburu National Reserve is a game reserve on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya. Samburu National Reserve is located in Northern Kenya and is a premier game reserve situated on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river.
This vast expanse of remote pristine wilderness measures 165 square kilometers in area and borders the Ewaso Ng’iro River to the south, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.
The park is 165 km² in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230 m above sea level. Geographically, it is located in Samburu County.
The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, made famous in the best-selling book and award-winning movie Born Free.
The best time to go samburu on long dry season from July to October to be the best time to visit Samburu Reserve. You enjoy sunny, blue skies with almost no rain. Water sources are limited due to the absence of rainfall, so the animals congregate along the Ewaso River to drink and feed.
Samburu is rich and diverse collection of wildlife with an abundance of the Samburu “Special Five” animals which includes the Grevy’s zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx, animals which are mostly only spotted in Samburu
The Samburu Laikipia Ecosystem is also home to Grant gazelles, Impalas, Waterbucks, Dik-diks, Hippos, Olive Baboons, Warthogs, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Cape Buffalo, Hyenas, Elands, Jackals, Klipspringer, Mongooses and Bats.
Samburu national park there is all three big cats, the lion, cheetah and African leopard can also be found here, as well as the elephant, Cape buffalo and hippopotamus. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include olive baboon, warthogs, Grant’s gazelle, Kirk’s dik-dik, impala, and waterbuck.
Samburu Game reserve is a gem located about 310 kms from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. The two main ways to get to Samburu from Nairobi is either by air or by road. The drive from Nairobi to Samburu Game Reserve takes approximately 5 to 6 hours, using Thika Superhighway Road.
Flying to Samburu is a more convenient option, being only about a 1.5 hours flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to a variety of different airstrips in Samburu.