It’s an early start today as you enjoy a last breakfast before being transferred to the airstrip in time for your scheduled flight north to the arid soils of Shaba National Reserve and Joy’s Camp. After a late lunch there is just enough time to escape the heat in the lodge’s pool before an afternoon game drive, and dinner. Samburu National Reserve is situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro River which attracts plenty of animals from the surrounding plains and various other habitats such as acacia, river forest, thorn trees and grasslands. Large herds of elephants, reticulated giraffes, buffalo and gerenuks and frequent spotting of big cats form part of the reserve’s large and diverse wildlife population. You will also be privileged to see the red –robed Samburu tribesmen bringing their cattle down to the river to drink. The lives of the Samburu like the Masai are centered on their livestock, their traditional source of wealth. After initiation, boys become morans and it becomes their job to protect both the humans and the livestock for predators.

Shaba, like any other park in Kenya can get very hot during the middle of the day, to avoid the heat and see the animals at their most active we always suggest early morning game drives. Lazy afternoons by the pool are the norm here and there is no better way to spend the warm afternoons. Late afternoon game drives leave the camp at around 4pm returning in time for showers.