Samburu Game Reserve


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Samburu National Reserve



Samburu National Reserve

North of Laikipia, the hot, dry, relatively low country (around 800m above sea level) that heralds Kenya’s vast northern deserts and semi-deserts is the traditional homeland of the Samburu people, who were drawn to this region by the reliability of the Ewaso Nyiro, northern Kenya’s biggest and least seasonal river, for watering their herds. The wildlife is plentiful here for the same reason – dozens of species of plains grazers and browsers gathering in the thick acacia and doum palm forest along the river banks to drink and seek shade. Samburu National Reserve, due to its remote location and past inaccessibility, has retained a naturally serene and still much untouched feeling that makes for a wonderful and unique African safari experience.


Measuring approximately approximately 65 sqare miles in size, this unfenced savannah grassland is roughly 217 miles from Nairobi. It is relatively small in size compared to other Kenyan parks, such as Tsavo or Masai Mara. Samburu National Reserve


Samburu National Reserve derives its name from the Samburu people who have lived in the area for many years. The Uaso Nyiro River cuts through this reserve, drawing a big population of Kenya animals to the park. The reserve's topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees, forest, thorn trees and grassland vegetation as well as a river bustling with activity from the huge inhabitants of Nile crocodile.


This national reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness. Their story was made famous by the bestselling book and award-winning movie "Born Free". The Samburu National Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting oryx calves.

Samburu National Reserve


The game reserve is renowned for its rare species of animals unique to the park including the long necked gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe and Beisa onyx. The elusive Kenya leopard is also known to often visit the park, especially in the evenings. Other Kenyan wildlife present in the park includes cheetahs and lions, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos. Bird life is as plentiful as wildlife at Samburu National Reserve, which boasts over 350 different species of birds including vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches and others.







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Samburu Reserve Recommended Accommodations


Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp

Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp
Samburu Intrepids is a lush African safari oasis on the banks of the great Uaso Nyiro River in Samburu Game Reserve. Intrepid's 28 modern and newly refurbished tents sit on raised wooden decks that look out over the river where elephants often make an appearance.





Joy's Camp

Joy's Camp
Joy's Camp is in the eastern Samburu eco system overlooking a large natural spring where elephant and lion jostle for watering rights. The luxury camp sleeps up to 20 guest in 10 guest tents. Each 100 square meter sumptuous tent is uniquely decorated with handmade glass and the vibrant fabrics of the local nomadic tribes

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Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu
Saruni Samburu sits perched on the top of the Kalama Mountains, heart of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, with an all-round view of Northern Kenya all the way to snow-covered Mount Kenya. There are six luxury villas, each unique in design as well as decor and feature large open air areas with spectacular views out over Samburuland.

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