Samburu National Reserve

Found in the rift valley to the north of Mount Kenya is Samburu National Reserve. The area is gently low lying due to lava flow that resulted from volcanic activities. The climate here is hot and semi-arid. Acacia trees are dominant in the region while animals such as zebra, buffalo, lions, leopards, hyena, giraffe and others are in large numbers. It is one of the sanctuaries with a characteristic large number of birds. Crocodiles and hippos are sheltered in a river crossing the park. Due to aridity conditions in the region, animals find water from oases within the park.

Several lodges and camps in the reserve make it distinctive. Adjacent to Samburu National Reserve is Buffalo Springs National Reserve. Rare species of animals in the reserve distinguish it from the rest in the republic. Beisa Oryx, Somali ostrich, grevy’s zebra, gerenuk and reticulated giraffe are the main extinct species found in the reserve unlike in other others. Explorers access the harbor from Nanyuki or using the airstrip available in the buffalo springs.

Wildlife

  • Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Cheetah, Maasai Giraffe, Reticulated Giraffe, Hippo, Plain Zebra, Grevy’s Zebra, Aardvark, Aardwolf, African Hare, Antelope, Banded Mongoose, Bat Eared Fox, Bushbaby, Bushbuck, Coke’s Hartebeest, Common Eland, Copper Tailed Monkey, Crested Porcupine, Dwarf Mongoose, Grant’s Gazelle, Honey Badger, Impala, Kirk’s Dik Dik, Klipspringer, Olive Baboons. Oribi, Pangolin, Side Striped Jackal, Spotted Hyena, Spring Hare, Straw Coloured Fruit Bat, Thomson’s Gazelle, Vervet Monkey, Warthogs, Waterbuck.
  • Prolific birdlife features 450 species

Activities

  • Game Viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Samburu Village Visit
  • Balloon Safaris

When to Visit

All year round, although it is recommended to go in the dry months, which are from June to October and December to March.

Samburu National Reserve Safari Packages

  • All Tours
  • Kenya

3 Days Samburu Safari


From $446 to $748 Per Person Sharing

Private Tour | 4 Star Camps/Lodges | 4X4 Jeep


7 Days Big Five Safari


From $1,306 to $2,009 Per Person Sharing

Private Tour | 4 Star Camps/Lodges | 4X4 Jeep


8 Days Kenya Horizons Safari


From $1,550 to $2,314 Per Person Sharing

Private Tour | 4 Star Camps/Lodges | 4X4 Jeep


11 Days Kenya Classic Safari


From $2,144 to $3,231 Per Person Sharing

Private Tour | 4 Star Camps/Lodges | 4X4 Jeep


12 Days Magical Kenya Safari


From $2,373 to $3,573 Per Person Sharing

Private Tour | 4 Star Camps/Lodges | 4X4 Jeep


Hotels, Camps & Lodges in Samburu

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  • Mid-Range

Samburu Simba Lodge


Samburu National Reserve

From KSh10,500 | $98 Per Day