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Samburu National Reserve

insight: what you will find in this page;

  • Information about Samburu National Reserve in Kenya
  • Links to selected Safari camps and lodges in Samburu National Reserve
  • Links to other Kenya National Parks and Game Reserves

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu Reserve, established in 1985, is an arid, hilly region with riverine forests, doum palms, acacia woodland and scrubland, offering a dramatic and rugged landscape in a rather remote location of Kenya - which is precisely the attraction of this reserve - fewer tourists in a wildlife rich, desert like setting amidst a colourful local tribe. Samburu National Reserve is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the dry northern reaches of Kenya.

The Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu

The Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu offers a permanent water supply that's like a magnet for the numerous animal species, the river is the lifeblood of the area, especially during the dry season when it draws wildlife to its waters - and its shady trees - the wild animals in Samburu National Reserve include plenty of wildlife. Giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck and zebra (including the endangered Grevy's zebra) from the surrounding savannah plains. Lion, leopard and cheetah are also quite easy to spot, thanks in part to the lack of grass cover

Wildlife in Samburu National Reserve

Samburu is also home to large herds of elephants, and the reserve is well known for providing the opportunity to see wildlife that only lives in the dry north of Kenya. Be on the look out for gerenuks - these odd, yet distinguished looking, gazelle have long necks, and stand on their hind legs to feed.

Samburu National Reserve also offers superb bird-watching (around 365 species have been recorded) with numerous weaver birds, the martial eagle and the blue legged Somali ostrich.

Across the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. A bridge connects the two, and they are often grouped together by tour companies. Nearby is the swampy wilderness of the Shaba National Reserve.

There is a good selection of safari lodges and luxury tented camps in the Samburu Region. Samburu Intrepids and Samburu Lodge are just two of them

Safari Camps and Lodge sin Samburu National Reserve

Other Kenya National Parks and game Reserves

Apart from Samburu National Reserve, Kenya boasts  of other parks which include


Samburu National Reserve, Kenya - in Pictorial
The Ewaso Nyiro river in samburu National Reserve
Grevy's Zebra - with thin strips that do not extend to the belly - seen in Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve is famous for it's huge herds of elephants
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