Samburu National Reserve is a place of throwback beauty, serenity and quiet. An arid African wilderness mercifully nourished by the Ewaso Ngiro River which supports a unique combination of different habitats within the park. The park is relatively undisturbed, having been inaccessible, for a long time due to poor road access into the area. This ensures the game drives are enjoyed without crowding and the animals live with some level of privacy and you can feel that the show is not staged, it is nature working out in its rawest form.
Samburu National Reserve is inside the rift valley. It is relatively smaller than other Kenyan parks at 104 square kilometres (65 square miles) and is roughly 350 kilometres (217 miles) from Nairobi.
The habitat is a mixture of savannah, acacia, thorn trees and the riverine forest that goes along the Ewaso Ngiro. Expect to see, lion, cheetah, leopard, gerenuk, warthogs, oryx, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, elephants, buffalo, hippos, olive baboon, waterbuck, dik-dik, impala, and Grant's gazelle. There is also Nile crocodile in the Ewaso Ngiro River.
There are over 350 species of bird including grey-headed kingfisher, Marabou stork, , Verreaux's eagle, bateleur, tawny eagle, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, superb starling, red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed hornbill among others.
How to get to Samburu National Park
Travel from Nairobi by road, it is roughly 350 kilometers and would take about four hours. The roads are on good all weather tarmac roads.
Flights are available in Nairobi and take only 45 minutes. They land at the reserve’s air strip.
- game watching tours
- walking safaris
- bird-watching tours
- camelback safaris
- bush meals
- cultural tours