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Samburu National Reserve

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

Elephant Crossing the Ewaso Ng'iro River - Samburu National Park

Elephant Crossing the Ewaso Ng’iro River – Samburu National Reserve

This reserve is a rare gem in Kenya’s North arid savannah that rests calmly on the banks of Ewaso Ng’iro River, where countless and varied wildlife nourish from the life it brings forth. Longer hours to drive, but worth every memory it leaves you with. You can choose to fly, which will take you roughly one and a half hours, or you can drive for about 6 hours to get there.

Like any other park, Samburu has its own unique features that no other park possesses. It hosts the Special 5 animals; the Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk, Grevy’s Zebra, Beisa oryx and the Somali ostrich. For book and movie lovers, you might know that it is in this park that Elsa the Lioness, subject of the bestselling book and award winning movie Born Free was raised by conservationists George and Joy Adamson.

The park is also home to Kamunyak, the Miracle Lioness who adopted 6 oryx calves and fiercely protected them from predators.

Compared to other parks, Samburu might be fairly small in size, but it’s incredibly abundance in variety of wildlife will surprise you. We easily spotted the big three cats – lion, cheetah and the African leopard as well as elephants, Cape buffalo and the hippo, the reticulated giraffe and other smaller animals like the dik-dik, the African wild dog and more.

The birdlife of Samburu is prolific. All through the riverine greenery of the park, hundreds of bird species both tiny and huge fill the air with chirpy mating rituals or fly about in hunt for a noon meal – including the Marabou Stork, secretary bird, and several types of vultures like the palm-nut vulture – which, unlike the others actually belongs in the eagle and hawk family. The second largest crocodiles of all time – the Nile crocodiles, bask unhurried beside the river.

Samburu is a must visit destination for animal and bird lovers, and definitely for you if you love road trips. To make a safari in search of Samburu’s special five for your next Holiday Bazaar Safari, send us an email on or call us on +254 722 354 333 / 733 616 445

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