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A safari here is nothing short of unique

Nestled away in the vast deserts of Northern Kenya on the banks of a mighty river is the Samburu National Reserve. A safari here is nothing short of unique, with opportunities to meet some of the region’s rare, desert-adapted wildlife as well as large herds of African elephants.

Samburu is located on one side of the Ewaso Ngiro River, the waters of which flow throughout the region and give life to an otherwise dry, desert landscape. Wildlife is constantly drawn to the riverbanks, making it one of the best places for sightings and what most game drives focus on. Samburu has a healthy population of both leopards and lions, whilst impala, buffalo, hundreds of bird species and huge herds of elephants are also present.

What makes Samburu really special however are the fascinating desert-adapted wildlife unique to this part of the country. These creatures make up what’s known as the ‘Samburu Five’ or ‘Samburu Special Five’, and include the Beisa oryx, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra and gerenuk.

As well as rewarding game viewing, the scenery of Samburu is incredibly picturesque and well worth taking the time to explore. The land is largely open bush, with riverine forests of acacia, doum palms and the peak of Mount Kiotogor visible in the distance. For stunning photo opportunities, the bordering Kalama Conservancy has unbeatable views over the rugged landscape.

We have the expertise and experience to put together your ultimate tailor-made trip to Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve, so get in touch with us to get started.


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