Samburu National Reserve Kenya, Big Five watching.

Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs 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. In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng’iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive. 4×4 Africa offers guided safaris to Samburu for unique experiences and private guided safaris are available.

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. The Elephant Watch Camp, of which Saba Douglas-Hamilton is director, lies within the park.

Samburu National Reserve

Car Rental to Explore Samburu Game reserve?

Self drive Safari to Samburu Game reserve with 4×4 Africa is not allowed past the Archers Post. Enjoy the scenic views of Mount Kenya, explore the wildlife in Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo springs national reserves

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There are over 350 species of bird. These include grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, Marabou stork, tawny eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, bateleur, vulturine guineafowl, yellow-necked spurfowl, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, superb starling, northern red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed hornbill, and various vultures including the palm-nut vulture.

  1. Walking Safaris
  2. Wildlife Watching
  3. Big five watching

Safari activities in Samburu Game reserve.

There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya’s northern plains can be found in abundance here, including the following dry-country fauna: gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, oryx and reticulated giraffe. 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. A black rhinoceros population has been re-introduced into the park after an absence of 25 years due to heavy poaching.

Game drive in Samburu National Reserve

Rhino Tracking

Samburu National Reserve is home to a variety of animals including (big five) elephants, lions, cheetahs, zebras and giraffes. Game drives in Samburu National Reserve offer a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the diverse wildlife and landscapes of this amazing African safari destination.

Game drives are an exciting way to get close to nature and observe the wildlife in their natural habitat. During game drives, visitors can watch as herds of elephants graze on the savanna or spot prides of lions lounging in the shade. With experienced guides at your side, you will be able to learn more about the local flora and fauna while enjoying breathtaking views of Kenya’s spectacular landscapes.

Whether you are an experienced safari-goer or a first-time traveler, game drives in Samburu National Reserve provide an unforgettable safari experience that will leave you with lasting memories for years to come.

Samburu National Reserve is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. Located in the northern part of Kenya, it is home to an abundance of wildlife and stunning landscapes. Nature walks in Samburu National Reserve are a great way to immerse yourself in the beauty of this place.

From spotting wild animals and birds to admiring the spectacular views, you will find plenty of opportunities to explore the reserve and its surroundings. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or an adventurous hike, Samburu National Reserve has something for everyone. So come and experience the wonders of nature with a nature walk in this stunning reserve.

Nature walk in Samburu

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Birding Watching

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Samburu National Reserve is a paradise for birdwatchers. With its vast open plains and diverse habitats, the reserve offers an incredible safari opportunity to observe some of the most beautiful and rare birds in Africa.
From the majestic crowned crane to the elusive African pygmy falcon, there are many species of birds that can be seen in Samburu National Reserve.
Bird watching here is a truly unique safari experience as you get to witness firsthand the beauty and diversity of African wildlife. Whether you’re an experienced birder or just starting out, there’s something for everyone in this stunning reserve.

Samburu National Reserve is a unique destination for a cultural tour. Located in the Northern region of Kenya, it is home to the Samburu people who have preserved their traditional way of life for centuries. Visitors can explore the reserve and learn about the culture, history, and lifestyle of this vibrant people through guided tours.

Tourists can also take part in activities such as camel safaris and bird watching, as well as visit traditional villages to get a deeper insight into Samburu culture. With its vast landscape and abundant wildlife, Samburu National Reserve provides an unforgettable safari experience that will stay with you forever.

Cultural Experience

Where to stay?

The reserve offers accommodation options for visitors and some of which include Elephant bedroom camp, Sasaab, Joy’s Camp, Samburu Simba Lodge, Samburu Intrepid, Sarova Shaba Game Lodge, Samburu Sopa lodge, Samburu Game Lodge,  and Saruni Samburu among others.

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When to go to Samburu Reserve

The best time to visit Samburu National Reserve is during the dry season between July to October and December to March when a large concentration of wildlife is found in the reserve especially along the Ewaso Ng’iro River due to the availability of lush vegetation and it is also the main source of water to the reserve and the nearby communities. However, the reserve is open to tourists all year round.

Kenya is the typical magical safari destination because of the hidden and less explored gems that tourists can witness. Visiting the Samburu National Reserve is one of the ways of having authentic African trips during Kenya Wildlife Safaris.

How to access Samburu National Reserve?

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You can access Samburu National Reserve by air transport means. There are flights that set off daily from Nairobi to Samburu’s airstrip. If not by air, you can get there by road and enter the park via the Ngare Mare and Buffalo Springs gates.

We transfer our clients in comfortable safari vehicles.