Samburu National Reserve boasts an excellent location in the Rift Valley province of Kenya and attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. The Ewaso Nyiro River borders the reserve to the south and separates Samburu from its sister park—Buffalo Springs National Reserve. There are two entrances—the Ngare Mare and the Buffalo Springs gates—both easily accessible. The area is defined by two mountains, the Ewaso River that flows from the highlands, and a combination of acacia, dense forests, and grassland vegetation.
Travellers visiting Samburu National Reserve can expect a peaceful environment with an abundance of impressive fauna and flora. The magnificent landscape offers something for every discerning traveller, as well as the iconic wildlife found in the reserve. The National Reserve also has an array of modern amenities and facilities, including bespoke getaway options for a unique experience in the wilderness.
Nairobi is located approximately 250 kilometres from Samburu National Reserve and boasts an international airport—Jomo Kenyatta International Airport—as well as a closer airport in Nanyuki about 100 kilometres away. Safari-goers can enjoy a self-drive option from the country’s capital to the reserve, which takes about six hours, or there are chartered flights to Samburu’s airstrip.
The Reserve lies within ecological zone V- which is classified as arid and semi- arid with moisture index of 42 to 57, which indicate that evapo-transpiration is greater than available moisture. The days are extremely hot while the nights are cool. The annual mean temperatures range between 18ºC and 30ºC, while the mean annual rainfall is 354mm with peaks in November and April. The dry season starts in late May, and goes up to early October during when large concentration of wildlife is found in the reserve due to availability of lush vegetation along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the main source of water to the Reserve and the nearby communities.
A lot of NGO’s are active around and in the reserve. Here are some of them.
Save The Elephants
Rift Valley Wildlife Clinics
Reticulated Giraffe Research Project
Samburu National Reserve borders the Ewaso Nyiro River and boasts a remarkable landscape defined by lush vegetation and acacia. The serene environment of the reserve combined with the iconic wildlife that lives here, make for an amazing safari experience in Africa. Resident wildlife includes over 900 elephants, the Grevy’s zebra, oryx, and reticulated giraffes. Furthermore, all three of the Big Cats call the reserve home, as well as Cape buffalo and hippos. In recent years, a black rhinoceros population has been reintroduced into the park
For the birdlife enthusiasts, there are over 350 different species found in the park. These include grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, and the yellow-billed stork. Additionally, the Nile crocodile takes up residence in the Ewaso.
Samburu National Reserve is a year-round destination. However, safari-goers and outdoor enthusiasts will benefit from planning a holiday during the dry season—usually between June and October, and again from December to March.
Travellers staying inside the park or close by can enjoy a plethora of wilderness experiences. The many camps within the reserve offer activities such as safari game drives, rafting on the river, walking safaris which are great for getting up close and personal with Africa, and camel rides. Furthermore, guests can enjoy bush breakfasts on the river, or step back in time as they walk among the Samburu people and gain incredible insight in their way of life.
There are amazing accommodation options both within the reserve and nearby. Accommodation ranges from luxury campsites with modern suites and swimming pools to guest lodges and basic camping. Guests will find all the modern amenities and facilities needed for a comfortable stay in nature.