Samburu Reserve

Samburu National Reserve located in Northern Kenya is a game reserve on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro river in Kenya. This vast expanse of remote pristine wilderness measures 165 square kilometers in area and borders the Ewaso Ng'iro River to the south, which separates it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. Samburu Reserve is a unique wildlife conservation haven, famous for an abundance of rare species of animals such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx. The reserve is also home to a population of close to 900 Elephants. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah are an important attraction (Kamunyak the famous Lioness that adapted a baby Oryx is a resident in the reserve). Samburu is infact one of the better locations in Kenya to spot Leopard. Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area and Birdlife is abundant with over 450 recorded species.

Samburu as an eco system now also comprises a number of conservancies and group ranches bordering the main reserve such as the Kalama Conservancy, West Gate Community Conservancy and Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy. Samburu Reserve is considered among the best wildlife reserves not just in Kenya but also in Africa and this website, samburureserve.com, offers useful and practical information to guide tourists in planning their visit or for booking a Safari in Samburu most suited to their preferences. Travelers would normally have numerous questions while planning their visit, ranging from what would be the best time to visit, where to stay and what best experiences to book while here. You may contact us and we will be happy to provide relevant information to your questions through this platform.

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things to do in samburu

Samburu offers a number of notably exciting activities and one of the more thrilling of these is the Safari game viewing and bird watching - the geography and climate of Samburu allows for quality wildlife viewing all round the year. Another popular experience is Samburu cultural tour which allows visitors a fascinating insight into the unique way of life of the renowned Samburu people, a pastrolist and warrior tribe found in Kenya and other parts of East Africa. In addition, you have Nature walks, Camel Trekking safaris, Bush meals and Sundowners as some of the other popular activities available to enjoy in Samburu as a tourist visiting this reserve.

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Animals in samburu

The reserve has a rich and diverse collection of wildlife with an abundance of the Samburu "Special Five" which includes the Grevy’s zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx, animals which are mostly only spotted in Samburu and Northern Kenya and are not usully found in other typically visited reserves in Kenya such as Masai Mara or Amboseli. The most common mammals easily spotted are Elephant, present in large numbers across the reserve. The Samburu Laikipia Ecosystem is also home to Grant gazelles, Impalas, Waterbucks, Dik-diks, Hippos, Olive Baboons, Warthogs, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Cape Buffalo, Hyenas, Elands, Jackals, Klipspringer, Mongooses and Bats. The reserve also has packs of Wild Dogs though sightings are infreqient as these animals have a rather large distribution area, within which they are constantly moving. Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded.