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Samburu National Reserve

The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Kenya.Across the river is the Buffalo Spring and Shaba National Reserve in the northern Kenya formerly known as the Northern frontier district. To get to Samburu you pass on the shoulder of the second highest peak in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and drive northwards to the vast rangelands stretching into the distant horizon clouded by dust and heat-haze.

This hot and dry arid and semi-arid desert is one of the most dramatic African wildernesses nurtured by the Uaso Nyiro River which flows through the reserves. The reserve is rich in game and with abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Gravy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, longneck gerenuk, Somali ostrich also popular known as the Samburu Special Five. The reserve is also home to a minimum of 900 Elephants. Wild dog are common in this protected area. Large predators such as the lion, king of the jungle lazing on the African savannah  grass, leopards,cheetah, are some of the important attractions.Kamuyak the miracle lioness that adopted a baby oryx lives here at Samburu National Reserve.

Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded. Birds of the arid northern country and a number of riverine forest species. Lesser Kestrel and the Taita falcon are species of global conservation concern and are both found here. Five other species categorized as venerable are also recorded in this reserve. These are the White-Headed Vulture, Great Egret, African Darter, Martial Eagle and Yellow-Billed Ox-Pecker. The critically endangered pancake tortoise is also found in this reserve.

Highlights of Samburu National Reserve

  • Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson
  • Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness of the famous best seller book and award winning movie ‘Born Free’.
  • Birds of the arid northern country and a number of riverine forest species

Adventure and Pleasure at the Samburu National Reserve

  • Exotic Culture
  • Day & Night Game drives and Escorted Nature walks
  • Sun Downers & Bush Picnics
  • Bird watching
  • Fly camps on top of Mystical mount Lolokwe and Rock Climbing
  • Game counts
  • Camel treks
  • Rafting through the Game reserve
  • Samburu Cultural Ceremonies

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 :  Arrive in Nairobi, Day 2: Nairobi Tours  Days 3/5 : Samburu  Day 6/8 : Masai Mara  Days 9/13 : Kinondo Kwetu  Day 14 :  Homebound flight via Nairobi

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