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Samburu National Park

Located in Northern Kenya and is a premier game reserve on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro river. This vast expanse of remote, pristine wilderness measures 165 square kilometres and borders the Ewaso Nyiro River to the south, separating it from the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.

The reserve is rich in wildlife with fame for abundance in rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy Zebra, Somali Ostrich, Reticulated Giraffe, Gerenuk and the Beisa Oryx.

The reserve is also popular with elephants, and large predators such as the Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah are important attractions (Kamunyak, the Miracle Lioness that adopted the baby Oryx, is a resident in the reserve).

Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area. Birdlife is abundant, with over 450 species recorded. Several riverine forest species augment birds of the arid northern bush country.

The lesser Kestrel and the Taita Falcon are species of global conservation concern, and they both utilise the reserve.


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Why Visit Samburu National Park

  • Outstanding wildlife viewing
  • Big Five are easily found (rhino excluded)
  • Home to the Samburu people, cousins to the Maasai

What to Do

  • Game drive safaris
  • Nature and bush walks
  • Samburu cultural tour

Getting There​

  • An easy drive from Nairobi or Mombasa
  • Scheduled and Charter flights from Nairobi.

Best Time to Visit

  • Year-round, but the dry season is the best (June to October and January to February)

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