FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions regarding your safari to Samburu. Please find the answers to each of the questions below;

Where is Samburu National Reserve ?

Samburu National Reserve is a game reserve in Northern Kenya situated along the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro river in Kenya, which is a country in East Africa. It covers approximately 165 square kilometers in area and borders the Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves. It is famously known for its Samburu Special five ( Grevy’s zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx ).

What is the best time to visit Samburu ?

Samburu National Reserve is regarded as an year round safari destination as it offers ideal climate with abundant resident wildlife for excellent game viewing. However, the best wildlife viewing months in Kenya are during the dry season from late June to October.

Do I need a Visa to enter Kenya?

Yes, You need a visa to enter Kenya. Kenyan entry visas are exclusively issued electronically, with passengers required to obtain their e-visas before departure. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the e-visas website

Is it safe to visit Samburu ?

Samburu is quite safe to Visit. Kenya itself is one of the safest countries in East & Central Africa which is why many global UN bodies and reginal Embassies as well as international companies have chosen Nairobi as their head quarters for the African region. The Kenyan parks and reserves are professionally managed with adequate security in place. Safety is bolstered by the fact the wilderness areas in Kenya such as Samburu, away from urban areas, is naturally safe and secure.
See more here Is Samburu Safe. In terms of safety from Animals, incidents of wildlife attacks on visitors to the park are very rare. Camps and Lodges in Samburu have night guards who patrol the property and keep the vicinity safe. During the day, your Safari Driver-Guides would typically guide you on how to approach the wildlife in the safest way, either on your game drive or your walking safari.

How much is it to enter the Samburu ?

Park entry for non-residents is currently $70 per adult and $40 per child for 24hrs. For residents it is KES 1000 per adult and KES 300 per child or student for 24hrs. For a vehicle with 6 seats and under is it KES 400 and for 6-12 Seats is it KES 1000 per 24hrs.

Can a child come on a safari?

Yes, and there is no age limit.

What equipment should I bring ?

The most important items that you must remember to include in your packing list are your camera, binoculars, spare memory cards and spare camera battery as well as a flash light or a torch.

Is there mobile network coverage at Samburu ?

Yes. Both Safaricom and Airtel mobile service providers have coverage at Samburu. Some lodges and Camps have complimentary WI-FI and computers for guest's use.

How many days do you need in Samburu ?

Ideally, a minimum of 3 days and 2 nights is perfectly okay. This will give you enough time to explore and view the entire variety of wildlife and sceneries in the park.

What activities can I expect to do ?

To make most out of your safari; here is a list of to do activities: Safari Game Drives, Camel Trekking Safaris, Samburu Village Tours, Nature & Bush Walk, Picnics in the wild as well as Bush meals and sundowners.