Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve is a renowned national park located in northern Kenya, along the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River. It covers an area of approximately 165 square kilometers (64 square miles) and is part of the larger Samburu-Buffalo Springs-Lesosia Ecosystem.

The reserve is named after the Samburu people, a unique ethnic group known for their colorful attire, rich cultural heritage, and close relationship with the wildlife in the region. Samburu National Reserve offers a distinct and less crowded safari experience compared to some of the more popular parks in Kenya.

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It is worth noting that Samburu National Reserve is often combined with the nearby Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Shaba National Reserve to create a larger conservation area known as the Samburu-Buffalo Springs-Lesosia Ecosystem. This extended ecosystem provides a larger habitat for wildlife and expands the opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Overall, Samburu National Reserve is a remarkable destination for nature enthusiasts, photographers, and those seeking an authentic cultural experience amidst the stunning landscapes and unique wildlife of northern Kenya.

Here are some key features of Samburu National Reserve:


Samburu is famous for its diverse wildlife, including several species that are not commonly found in other parts of Kenya. The “Special Five,” which consists of the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx, and gerenuk, are the highlights of the reserve. Other commonly spotted animals include elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalo, hippos, and crocodiles.

Scenic Landscapes

The reserve offers breathtaking landscapes characterized by rugged mountains, vast savannahs, and acacia woodlands. The backdrop of the Koitogor and Ololokwe Mountains adds to the picturesque beauty of the area.


Samburu is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 450 species of birds recorded in the reserve. You can spot various raptors, hornbills, weavers, starlings, and the vividly colored vulturine guinea fowl.

Cultural Experience

In addition to wildlife, Samburu National Reserve provides an opportunity to learn about the Samburu people and their unique way of life. You can visit Samburu villages, interact with the locals, and experience their traditional dances, ceremonies, and crafts.

Game Drives and Safaris

The reserve offers excellent game drives and guided safaris, allowing visitors to explore the diverse landscapes and spot wildlife. Experienced guides provide insights into the animals’ behavior and ensure a memorable safari experience.