Samburu National Reserve is a county managed haven for wildlife in Southeast of Samburu County. The reserve covers over 160km2 bordering Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Shaba National Reserve.The Ewaso Nyiro River flows through this park.
Due to the geographical location of the park at the bottom of the floodplains of the Ewaso Nyiro drainage system, the reserve's topography is mainly acacia forests, and grassland.
Samburu offers an amazing African wildlife vacation any time of year, but the long dry season from July to October is the best time to visit Samburu Reserve. Large herds of wildlife gather on the banks of the river where lush vegetation can be found as well as around sources of water.
Exciting things to do in Samburu National Reserve include camel riding, bird watching, game viewing and bush dining.
Samburu is a unique safari destination. Its far-flung location makes it less crowded than other parks in the country. Additionally, it is an enchanting destination with a wide range of species that include elephants, cheetahs, leopards, buffalos, cheetahs, hippos and warthogs. Samburu Reserve is home to the rare five species that are the reticulated giraffe, Beisa oryx, the gerenuk, Somali ostrich and Grevy’s zebra.
Enjoy camping in the wild with your own camping gear at any of the four designated campsites at a fee. Only Buffalo campsite has toilets and showers.
Camel back riding on the banks of Ewaso Ng'iro River is another popular activity in this park. In addition, you can mingle with the local Samburu community during cultural tours of local villages.
The Samburu tribe is one of the more dominating tribes of north-central Kenya. Samburu people are related to but distinct from the Maasai and speak Samburu, which is a Nilo-Saharan language. They are thought to have originated from Sudan to settle in the south of Lake Turkana and north of Mt. Kenya, distancing themselves from the Maasai who moved further south.
They make unique jewellery which are sold in the curio shop close to the gate at Samburu Reserve.
Kenya Citizen Adult Ksh. 1000
Kenya Citizen Child Ksh. 500
Non-Resident Adult USD 70
Non-Resident Child USD 40
Camping fees USD 12
The trip to this national park is itself an adventure, driving across rugged plains of Northern Kenya. Aceess to the park is via Isiolo at Archer's Post.
However, you can cover the 350km between Nairobi and the park by air. Private charter flights fly from Nairobi's Wilson airport, Masai Mara and Lewa airstrips to land at Samburu Airstrip.