The relatively small Samburu National Reserve lies in Kenya’s remote northern Rift Valley Province. Its landscape comprises mostly of open grassland, punctuated by the odd cluster of flat-topped thorn trees or thicket of acacia. The muddy Uaso Nyiro River cuts through the terrain, sustaining life.
Most of Kenya’s most iconic big game species are found in this reserve along with hundreds of different types of bird. It is also home to the endemic “Samburu 5”: gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx and Somali ostrich. As the animals tend to converge at the river, gameviewing here is consistently good.
The local tribespeople who call this region home are another key attraction. Closely related to but distinct from the Maasai, the Samburu people by and large still live a traditional lifestyle. Residing in mud huts known as “manyattas”, they are often seen wearing distinctive colourful beaded necklaces and sarong-like cloths known as a ‘kikoi’ wrapped around their waists.
Stay at a riverside camp to enjoy views of animals having their daily drink or choose a safari lodge on a private concession nearby for a chance to participate in activities such as mountain biking or fly camping, an unforgettable experience which immerses guests completely in the sights and sounds of the African bush.