Samburu National Reserve


Trek into the undisturbed wilderness


Although a lengthy drive from Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve rewards its guests with untouched, acacia-spotted savannahs, and riverine forests growing along the banks of the crocodile-crowded waters of the Ewaso Ng’iro. Once inaccessible to the broader public, Samburu could flourish undisturbed and now offers visitors excellent game-viewing. 

A bird-watchers paradise, Samburu is home to over 350 species, including various kinds of vultures, kingfishers, and sunbirds. Visitors can also spot cheetah, lion, and leopard in the park along with other large game such as elephants, buffalo, and hippos. Smaller inhabitants include baboons, warthog, and various species of antelope. The Ewaso Ng’iro river is fed by Mount Kenya’s glaciers, and its banks are often buzzing with activity and offer superb game-viewing opportunities. 

Samburu has had its fair share of famous residents in the past. Well-known conservationists, George and Joy Adamson, raised Elsa the lioness after her mother’s death and successfully released her back into the wild as an adult. Another famous resident from the park is the lioness, Kamunyak, who is known for having adopted a number of oryx calves. Guests are warned that malaria is found in the area and the necessary precautions should be taken before visiting.
 

Highlights

  • Its inaccessibility in the past has allowed the fauna and flora in Samburu to flourish 
  • The Ewaso Ng’iro that runs through the park promises excellent game-spotting, as it is the main water source in the reserve
  • Home to all three big cats: leopard, lion, and cheetah 
  • Elsa (the lioness of Born Free fame) and the oryx-adopting lioness, Kamunyak, are Samburu National Reserve’s most famous residents
  • Home to over 350 species of bird, including vultures, kingfishers, and sunbirds

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