The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya, about five hours drive north of Nairobi. The reserve forms a unit with Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserve as they are all set on the Ewaso Nyiro river. In the north the landscape is dry and the savanna broken by low mountain slopes.
The reserve is rich in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx (Also referred as Samburu Special). The reserve is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large predators such as the Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah are an important attraction to the reserve as well. Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded.
Samburu is surrounded by numerous private and community ranches, making it a destination full of adventure, luxury, and elegance beyond imagination. Besides the normal game drives in the reserve, private ranches offer unrivaled comfort and exclusivity.
The best things to do in Samburu National Reserve include;
- Day and night game drives
- Visits to local Maasai, Samburu, Turkana and Boran homesteads
- Camel and horse riding in the private ranches
- Nature walks conducted by local Maasai/ Samburu warriors
- River rafting when the season permits in Ewaso Ng’iro river
- Nature walks to the Ngare Ndare and Makogondo forest conducted by the local guides
- Aerial safaris in some of the lodges.
- Attending events & festivals like Lewa Safaricom Marathon, Maralal Camel Derby
- Swimming either in the lodges or numerous private houses.
- Farm Tours
- Game viewing on camel/ horseback in the ranches
- Exploring Il lolokwe, Mathews Range (Nyiro Ndoto Mountains) mountains
- Camping in open skies, bush meals, and sundowners in the private/community ranches.