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.

Location of  Samburu 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.

When to go  Samburu National Reserve

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.

Attractions in  Samburu National Reserve

  • 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. 

Wildlife of  Samburu National Reserve

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.

Accommodation at  Samburu National Reserve

Elephant Bedroom Camp
Saruni Samburu
Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp
Ashnil Samburu Camp
Samburu Sopa Lodge
Samburu Simba Lodge
 Samburu Game Lodge
Sentrim Samburu Lodge
Samburu Riverside Camp
Umoja Camp Site
Ashnil Samburu
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge


How to get Samburu National Reserve

  • 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.

Things to do and see in  Samburu National Reserve

Game viewing & bird watching

The geography and climate of Samburu guarantees lots of wildlife viewing, especially during the dry season. It’s a bird lover’s paradise.

Hot Air Balloon Safari 

A thrilling and romantic once in a lifetime experience, Balloon Safaris which take place at dawn are costly yet just so worth the price

Horseback Safaris

Experience the charm of a romantic, close-to-nature experience, Horseback Safaris are only provided by limited operators in the larger Samburu eco system.

River rafting  

Take an easy river safari in an inflatable raft on the Ewaso Ng’iro.

Walking Safaris & Nature Hikes

Nature walks can be done in the main Mara reserve though longer treks and walking safaris only happen in conservancies outside the main reserve.

Bush Meals & Sundowners

Lodges & Camps offer a variety of activities such as enjoying a sundowner at a scenic spot or having a romantic candlelit dinner in the wilds of Africa.

Visit the Samburu or Maasai Village Visit People 

The Samburu are a nomadic, herding people similar and related to the Maasai. They also dress in the same manner with blankets and beads. Visit a local Samburu village, meet the people, learn about their lifestyle and perhaps purchase some souvenirs of your experience.

Bush Meals & Sundowners

Lodges & Camps offer a variety of activities such as enjoying a sundowner at a scenic spot or having a romantic candlelit dinner in the wilds of Africa.

Buffalo Springs Reserve 

Just south of Samburu Reserve on the opposite side of the Ewaso Ng’iro river lies Buffalo Springs, named for an oasis here. Similar wildlife can be found near an ancient lava terrace called the Champagne Ride.

Shaba National Reserve

To the east of Samburu and Buffalo Springs is Shaba Reserve. Greener than Samburu, the reserve is an area of dramatic forests, woodlands and volcanic formations, especially the Shaba Hill Volcano.
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