Samburu National Reserve is a rugged and semi –desert located in Samburu district in the rift valley Kenya. Besides the numerous wildlife found in this game reserve the park is also a bird haven. The reserve is situated within the rift valley province Kenya. It approximately measures 104 km in size and its roughly 350 km from Nairobi. This unfenced savannah derives its name from the Samburu people of Kenya who have lived in the area for many years. The reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness made famous in the best selling book and the award winning movie Born free. Samburu is also a home of Kamunyak ,a lioness famous for adopting Oryxcalves.This reserve is unique, very peaceful and it attracts many animals because of uaso Nyiro river that runs through it and the acacia,riverine forest thorn trees and grassland vegetation.samburu has a wide variety of animal and bird life. A traveler can witness all the three big cats ,Lion,cheetah and Leopard as well as buffalo hippos and elephants. Other mammals seen in this park includes Grant gazelle, gerenuk, warthogs, dikdik impala, waterbuck, reticulated giraffe, rhinos,and grevy’s zebra. There are over 350 bird species which includes yellow billed hornbill, vultures, kingfisher, bee-eaters, Somali ostrich, sunbird and secretary bird. The reserve is also famous with a minimum of 900 elephants and also the endangered pancake tortoise is found in this reserve.
The forests along the riverbank are good for awakening the spirit of adventure in a traveler. The parks vegetation is mainly two fold, the plains are mainly arid and along the riverbanks of Ewaso nyiro river the vegetation is dense woodland.
Climatic Conditions:Arid and semi Arid with hot days and cool nights. Average maximum temperatures are around 300 c .Most of the rain falls between march and may and short rains falling from November and December.
How to get to Samburu:
By Road: one can use a personal vehicle but the most suitable mode of transport to this national reserve is to book a safari minivan with a pop-up roof and a tour guide to help you discover and explore this park in style. Its roughly about five hour drive from Nairobi.
The game reserve is also accessible by air and there are daily daily flights from Nairobi to Samburu. Travel time is 45 minutes and the flights land at the park’s airstrip.
Activities in Samburu:
Samburu cultural tours
Samburu sopa Lodge
Samburu serena Lodge
Samburu simba lodge
Sarova shaba lodge
Samburu leisure lodge