Samburu National Reserve

Samburu Reserve, established in 1985, is an arid, hilly region with riverine forests, doum palms, acacia woodland and scrubland, offering a dramatic and rugged landscape in a rather remote location of Kenya - which is precisely the attraction of this reserve - fewer tourists in a wildlife rich, desert like setting amidst a colourful local tribe.

Samburu has a permanent water supply that's like a magnet for the numerous animal species, that include the big Cats, herbivores and reptiles such as crocodiles. Samburu is one of the few parks where leopard spottings are frequent.

Samburu also offers superb bird-watching with numerous weaver birds, the marial eagle and the blue legged somali ostrich.
Fact File on Samburu National Reserve
Area : 165 sq km Altitude: 800 to 1230 m [2620 - 4035 ft]

Access from Nairobi : Road : 344 kms ( 5 hours )

Location : In Eastern Province, North of Nairobi

Animals : Gerenuk, crocodiles, storks, leopards

Vegetation : Doum palms, acacia woodland and arid land

Birds : Storks, weaver birds, marial eagle, blue legged Somali Ostrich

Facilities :Several lodges

Attractions:Various wildlife species and the colourful Samburu people
The Samburu Tribe
A nomadic people, numbering over 100,000 who moved south from the horn of Africa into the current day Kenya, the Samburu tribe are quite similar to the Maasai tribe with almost the same traits and cultures but with the exception that the Samburu are found on the northern part of the country whilst the Maasai are to the south.

The Samburu are pastoralists with a close attachment to their livestock, which they live off. Meat from sheep, goats and milk from cattle are their principal foods, supplemented by the blood of living cattle. The land they inhabited is mainly semi - arid and offers few opportunities for agriculture except around the hilly areas where maize, sorghum and wheat is now actively grown.

Despite sharing the same language as the Massai community, the Samburu are more tolerant of other groups and their cultural rites are elaborate, carefully followed with social ceremonies being loud and colourful.
Safaris in Samburu Game Reserve
8 Day Samburu Safari || 4 Day DikDik Safari