After breakfast you will be met and transferred to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Samburu Reserve. The flight will take you close to the spectacular snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya. Upon arrival at Samburu, transfer to Samburu Intrepids Camp using the lodge’s own 4×4 vehicles on a shared basis. En route you will drive through one of the continent’s most spectacular wilderness areas – home to huge herds of elephant, buffalo and all the big cats. After lunch and a short siesta you head for the plains and a variety of close encounters with Samburu’s unique and endangered wildlife. You will often be able to see elephants and other big game from the privacy of your own balcony.
The complex formed by the Samburu, Buffalo Springs and Shaba reserves is one of the most interesting places in Kenya and can be ranked as unique for several reasons. They are the most remote and inaccessible in the country’s rough north, situated right at the edge of what was formerly called NFD or Northern Frontier District. Samburu and Buffalo Springs are adjacent reserves, separated solely by a river; there is a bridge across some 3 km upstream of Samburu Lodge. It is also the place to see some species which are rare in Kenya or difficult to spot in other parks, since they only dwell above the Equator. There are Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and Beisa Oryx, all northern species of game. Other animals include Somali ostrich with its blue legs, hippo, gerenuk, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena and you may spot crocodiles sunning themselves on the river banks. The mix of wood and grassland with riverine forest and swamp is home to a wide variety of birdlife. The Samburu park region is home to Samburu herdsmen, who can be seen driving their herds through the dust, dressed in striking red blankets and carrying spears. The consider themselves to be cousins of the Maasai tribes to the south but with their own distinct culture.