Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River, in Samburu County. You may easily combine visits to these parks because it borders the Buffalo Springs National Reserve, the Shaba National Reserve, and the Kalama Community Conservancy, which are all on the opposite bank of the river. Just a little further north lies the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy.

The Grevy zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, and Beisa oryx are among the rare northern unique five animals that call this mountainous, rough area home. This rugged area offers a romantic and breathtaking safari experience. A decent chance of seeing African wild dogs exists in only a few parks, including this one. With over 450 species of birds, the reserve offers a never-ending show of fascinating avian life. There will be many opportunities to see kingfishers, marabous, vultures, guinea fowl, Somali ostrich, egret, falcon, and eagle during game drives over the savannah, through acacia forest, and riverine vegetation.

The reserve exudes calmness and quiet despite the fact that there is active wildlife here. This has been attributed by some to Samburu’s remoteness and initial accessibility issues as other parks emerged. This was one of the two areas where Joy Adamson fostered and cared for Elsa the lioness, whose tale was depicted in the book and movie “Born Free.” It is also a realm of mystical possibilities. Another well-known lioness, Kamunyak (also known as “Blessed One”), lived in Samburu and was well-known for having adopted at least six oryx calves. As seen in the movie “Heart of a Lioness,” she battled off predators to protect her baby orphans.

Recreational Opportunities Near And Around Samburu National Reserve

  • Visit the Samburu People
  • Game viewing & Bird watching
  • Swim at the Buffalo Springs Natural Pool
  • Visit the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
  • Visit Shaba National Reserve
  •  Climb Mount Ololokwe
  • Visit the Umoja Women’s Village
  • undertake Samburu Cultural Tour
  • River rafting

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