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Samburu National Reserve lies on the banks of Ewaso Ngiro river in northern Kenya. It is about 345 Km from Nairobi. It covers an area of 165 sq Km. The annual mean temperatures range between 18ºC and 30ºC. This is the place where conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free. This is the park where a lioness named Kamunyak adopted oryx calves. This was abnormal behaviour for a lion. Koitogor and Ololokwe are the two main mountains visible inside the park. River Ewaso Ng'iro meaning brown water attracts many wild animals which include all the three big cats: lion, leopard and cheetah. Some of the endangered bird species such as lesser Kestrel, Taita Falcon and African Darter are found here. Pancake tortoise scientifically called malacochersus tornieri which is a critically endangered species under CITIES is also found in this park. The Ewaso Ng'iro river that keeps the wild animals alive flows from the Kenyan highlands and empties into the famous Lorian Swamp.
Visit Samburu & Bufallo Springs game reserves and you will not be disappointed !
Samburu National Reserve offers a wide variety of animal and bird life. Visiting this park will give you the opportunity to see the animals unique to this region. Such wildlife are the Beisa Oryx which lives here. Leopard is another main attraction. Other big cats including the lion are common too. Visitors should be on the lookout for grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe which are finely marked and unique to this area. They are only seen in this region and thus make your visit this far worthwhile. Visitors can also expect to spot elephants, greater kudus, gerenuk, oryx, somali ostrich, vulturine guinea fowl, gerenuk, buffalo , hippo, warthog, grants gazelle, kirks dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, rhino and crocodiles. Pancake tortoise scientifically called malacochersus tornieri found in this park is is a critically endangered species under CITIES, CITIES endangered species.
• Miracle Lioness: The lioness named "Kamunyak" adopted a baby oryx which became headline news all over the world. This was odd behaviour for the lioness which scientists could not explain.
• Bufallo Springs game reserve: This reserve lies on the other side of Ewaso nyiro river from Samburu National Reserve. You will find loads of bufallos in this reserve.
Over 450 species of birds have been spotted in this area which include: kingfisher, sunbirds, bee-eaters, marabou stork, tawny eagle, verreauxs eagle, bateleur, vulturine guineafowl, yellow-necked spurfowl, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, superb starling, red-billed hornbill, yellow-billed hornbill and palm-nut vultures. Some of the endangered bird species found here include: lesser kestrel, taita falcon, African darter, great egret, white-headed vulture, martial eagle and the yellow-billed ox-pecker.
Due to the hot climatic conditions in this area, snakes and lizards thrive here. You should not be surprised to come across a large black mamba snake !
Visitors to this reserve can find different types of accommodation according to their budget ranging from lodges, tented camps and open-air camping sites. Accommodation include:
• Samburu Larsens’ Camp - Camp offers 20 luxury tents located along the banks of Uaso Nyiro River.
• Samburu Serena lodge - The lodge offers 62 guest rooms.
• Samburu Game Lodge - The lodge offers 61 guest rooms.
• Samburu Simba lodge - The lodge offers 7 villas each with 10 guest rooms.
• Samburu Sopa.
• Saruni Samburu Lodge.
• Sasaab – The Safari Collection.
• Samburu Intrepids.
• Elephant Watch Camp.
• Elephant Bedroom.
• 2 permanent camp sites.
• 4 special campsites.
• 4 public campsites.
• Assorted picnic sites .
• Game trackers • Lion king Safari.
• Doom Palm campsite Von derdecken (hornbill) campsite • Grevy campsite • Impala Campsite.
• Vervet Monkey • Butterfly • Kigelia • Kingfisher.
Park entry: The park is open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:00 pm.
Entry to the park is by smart card only, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
Samburu game reserve is famous for its unique wild life. Wild life resident in this area include: grevy's zebra, somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and beisa oryx also referred to as Samburu special. The reserve is also known for its large elephant population. There are over 900 elephants in this park. Large predators such as the lion, leopard and cheetah also live here. Wild dogs can also be spotted in this park.
(Contact us to book 'Samburu Safari')
• By Road: Samburu National Reserve is located in Samburu district in the Rift Valley province of Kenya. It is bordered to the south by Ewaso Nyiro river which separates it from the Buffalo Springs national reserve. It can therefore be accessed via the Ngare Mare and Buffalo Springs gates.
• By Air: Samburu National Reserve can be accessed by air directly from Wilson airport in Nairobi. Commercial airstrips are available.
(Make sure to contact us if you wish to visit this park for your next holiday activity.)
Park charges are based on " " Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) tariffs which are reviewed from time to time. The rates we have quoted here are for information purposes and are indicative of the likely park charges you can incur. They are approximate. However please note that if you have booked a complete wildlife safari package with us, park charges are included in the total cost of your safari at the time of booking. Therefore you need not worry about park entry fee!
• Never get out of the vehicle except at designated spots if you are on a safari.
• Do not harass the animals in any way.
• Keep to the tracks and no off-road driving is allowed.
• Animals always have the right of way.
• Samburu is semi-arid and dusty so be sure to carry sun shades and appropriate clothing.
• The park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on KWS Tarrifs.
• There are a few commercial airstrips around the park.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Scheduled local flight services to Samburu are available from Nairobi's Wilson Airport.