Samburu National Reserve Park Overview

Known as the most popular reserve in northern Kenya, Samburu National Reserve offers good wildlife view, and most big safari animals are easily spotted.

Highlights And Main Attractions Of Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is highlighted by the miracle lioness ‘Kamunyak’, who adopted the baby oryx as a resident in the reserve.

Located in the remote area, Samburu National Reserve offers tranquil environment to enjoy the wildlife view.

With more than 450 bird species, Samburu National Reserve is well-known for wild dog sightings.This reserve is one of the Kenya Safari Destinations which is the home of rare northern species or Samburu Special Five which are Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx

Samburu National Reserve Quick Facts

  • Ewaso Nyiro, the northern Kenya’s biggest river goes through Samburu National Reserve.

  • Home of Samburu Special Five or rare northern special five species

  • A unique destination for ‘Kamunyak’, who adopted the baby oryx, among Kenya Safari Destinations.

  • Famous for bird watching.

  • In cultural tour, knowing about fascinating culture of Samburu people and attending Lmuget ceremony is one of the Kenya Safari Facts which is very interesting and rare.

Eco-System And Wildlife Of Samburu National Reserve

The magnificent landscape of the Samburu National Reserve consists of Palm groves and riverine forests of thick acacia trees, in the midst of arid and semi arid ecosystems.

Remote unspoilt wilderness of Samburu National Reserve is inhabited by iconic wildlife and offers a tranquil environment for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

On Kenya Safari Tours, the most common mammals like grant’s gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, dik diks, olive baboons, giraffe, elephants, warthogs, hippos, etc. can be found.

This reserve is home of lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, leopards, and African wild dogs. Famous for Samburu Special Five Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx, Samburu Reserve is also the home of endangered pancake tortoise.

The birds of prey like palm-nut vulture, verreaux's eagle-owl, Egyptian vulture, lappet-faced vulture etc can be found in this reserve. The vulnerable bird species, like, great egrets, African darters, white-headed vultures, yellow-billed ox-peckers and martial eagle can be found here.

Samburu National Reserve Accommodation Options

The accommodations during Kenya Safari Tours inside or near Samburu National Reserve are

  • Elephant Bedroom Camp

  • Larsens Camp

  • Samburu Intrepids Camp

  • Elephant Watch Camp

  • Samburu Sopa Lodge

  • Samburu saruni

  • Sasaab camp

  • Saruni Rhino

  • Ashnil Samburu Camp

  • Samburu Game Lodge

  • Samburu Simba Lodge

Samburu National Reserve Pros And Cons

Pros
  • Samburu reserve offers excellent wildlife viewing

  • Four of the Big Five are easily found in this reserve.

  • Interesting mammal species restricted to the arid north

  • Offers most beautiful barren scenery

  • Samburu Reserve offers nature walks and bird watching trips as Things To Do In Kenya.

  • A wide range of accommodation for different budgets.

Cons
  • Reserve is very hot and dry

Want to Visit Samburu NR?

Situated 350 kilometres from Nairobi, Samburu National Reserve can be reached by directly from Nairobi by air and road. From the small civilian airport of Samburu, the chartered flights are available for any destination of Kenya. June to September is the best time to visit Samburu reserve.

We hope Kenya Travel Guide will make your trip to Samburu Natrional Reserve smooth and comfortable.

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