Samburu National Reserve


Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs are small reserves situated north of the equator. These beautiful reserves are connected by the Ewaso Ng’iro River, which means brown water. This river is home to hippos and crocodiles. Often herds of elephants are coming to drink in the river.Samburu is known for its “Samburu Special Five”; the Grevy zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and the Beisa oryx are not found in other parks in Kenya. In addition to these Special Five there are many dikdiks in the park.

Samburu is known for its diverse landscapes; the area is arid and largely semi-desert, with unique sceneries of rounded and rugged hills and plains. Fringing riverine forest of acacias, figs and palms are found along the Ewaso Ng’iro River. Palm trees and acacias are a favourite resting place for leopards waiting for their next prey.

Together with the Masai Mara, Samburu has the highest concentration of wild animals. The large numbers of antelopes attract many lions and leopards.

Samburu is the homeland of the Samburu tribe. They are very similar to the Maasai in terms of lifestyle. It is possible to visit a Samburu village during your stay in this reserve, highly recommended!