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There’s something about Samburu National Reserve that our guests find calming, even in the midst of all the wildlife. Perhaps it’s the fact that Samburu is somewhat off the beaten path, so you’ll enjoy a wild game park with fewer tourists. And you’ll be treated to the sight of such unique creatures as Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk and the Somali Ostrich.
Your safari also includes visits to neighboring reserves – Buffalo Springs features a volcanic landscape broken up by forest and marsh. At Shaba National Reserve you’ll find a greener landscape than Samburu with forests, woodlands and even the iconic Shaba Hill Volcano.
Your driver/guide will pick you up from your Nairobi hotel, residence, or Nairobi airport. Then we’ll head out in our 4 x 4 Jeep over Kenya’s central highlands enjoying views of small, local coffee, tea, sisal, and pineapple farms. We’ll also pass the imposing form of Mt. Kenya, the pride of our country and its tallest peak.
We’ll arrive at the reserve in the afternoon and tour the three parks and their varied environments.
A major landmark at the border between Samburu and Buffalo Springs is the Ewaso Nyiro River which is a lifeline for the parks’ wildlife. It also creates an unexpected corridor of green forest along its path, breaking up the more arid look of the reserves.
Here we’ll find wildlife from the neighboring reserves gathering to drink at the river’s nourishing banks. The river is also home to hippos, crocodiles, and some of the many varieties of birdlife found in the parks.
We’ll spend two nights in Samburu Park at your choice of safari lodge or tented camp.
We’ll meet the new day with a game drive to look for lion, leopard, cheetah and whoever else might show up in the dawning light.
Following the path of the Ewaso Nyiro River, we’ll be on the lookout for elephant, buffalo, and some of the more entertaining wildlife like dik-dik, warthog and the olive baboon.
Samburu is also known as one of the two regions where conservationist Joy Adams raised Elsa the Lioness, later made famous in the book and movie, Born Free.
Here too, are the Samburu people, closely related to the Maasai, an indigenous, pastoral group, who have inhabited this region for eons.
As always on our safaris, be as active as you wish or relax at your safari accommodation.
Our second night at the park will be at your choice of accommodation
Our final morning in the park will give us opportunities to add more wildlife sightings to our checklist. But not all the park’s animal activity is limited to mammals. Samburu hosts over 350 species of birdlife including kingfisher, vulture, guinea fowl, egret, falcon, and eagle. You’ll have plenty to keep watching for on the land, in the springs and overhead.
We’ll enjoy another game drive as we exit the park on our journey back to Nairobi. Heading back to the city, we’ll break up the drive with a stop for lunch.
We should arrive in Nairobi in the late afternoon and will drop you off at your hotel, residence or should you wish at the airport.