Samburu national park lies within Samburu East County on the lowland of Waso Nyiro. It derived its name from the Samburu people who live around the park. Samburu National reserve lies on a savannah Grassland that offer acacia trees, doum plants, desert rose as well as wild fig trees and scrubby bushes.

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Samburu national Reserve is home to plentiful of wildlife and birdlife that seek to quench their thirst and seek shade during dry season in Waso Nyiro, the biggest Northern Kenya River that cuts across the reserve. Elephants, long-necked gerenuk, Grey’s Zebras, leopards, lions, Beisa Oryx, reticulated giraffe as well as blue- skinned Somali Ostrich call this reserve home. Birding watching at Samburu National reserve is excellent. With a wide range of smaller birds, birdwatchers can expect to see several dozen of species across the reserve.

Activities you can engage in while at Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National reserve offers a wide range of activities to adventure seekers. You can engage in game drive, camel drive, camel accompanied walks as well as game walks and bird walks guided by experienced guides.

Game viewing

Samburu National Park
The southern part of the reserve is the best spot for game viewing; you are guaranteed to see most animals inhabiting the park. Some of the animals that can easy be seen are Elephants, Impalas, buffalos, dik-diks, Grey’s Zebras, hippos, reticulated giraffes, cheetahs, lions as well as Nile crocodiles and the native gerenuk. Dry season is one of the best periods to view animals as they converge at the river which is the only source of water during dry season.

Samburu Cultural tour

Samburu community lives around the reserve, visiting the local Samburu Villages is a chance to interact with butterfly people in their traditional setting and experience their culture through traditional song and dances, stories and if you happen to be there during a traditional ceremony then you will be lucky to participate in the ceremony and take as many photographs as possible. This is also an opportunity to purchase traditional Samburu knick-knacks, and arts

Bird watching

White headed buffalo weaver.
Samburu national reserve is a haven for bird lovers. The reserve has over 350 recorded bird species of birds. You can enjoy a colorful hodge-podge of birds such as marabous, woodpeckers, pygmy falcon and martial eagle, guinea fowl, shrikes, vultures, flycatchers, weavers, kingfishers and many more.

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The reserve is accessible by both road and air. You can use your own vehicle or book an open-topped safari van from reputable safari company. The reserve is about 5-hour drive from Nairobi via Nanyuki, Isiolo and Archer’s post. The reserve is also by air from Nairobi. Travel time is approximately 45 minutes from Nairobi to the reserve airstrip.


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