|The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The park is 165 km² in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230m above sea level. In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng'iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive. There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several large game species common to Kenya's northern plains can be found in abundance here, including the following dry-country fauna: gerenuk, Grevy's zebra, Oryx and reticulated giraffe.||
All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can also be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos. Other mammals frequently seen in the park include olive baboon, warthogs, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's dik-dik, impala, and waterbuck. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching.
Day 1: Nairobi– Samburu National Reserve
You will be picked at a Nairobi hotel/ residence and depart for Samburu National Reserve National through central Kenya as you enjoy the spectacular views of the Kikuyu settlements and coffee plantations, proceeding north across the equator to the rugged landscapes of Samburu National Reserve. Arrive in time for lunch. After lunch, explore the Samburu National Reserve located within the lands of the colorful Samburu people, close relatives of the Maasai, and which harbors a number of wildlife species rarely found elsewhere in many numbers. These include Grevy zebra, the reticulated giraffe and the Beisa oryx all species found only north of the equator. Return to the lodge in the evening and check in to your room; take some time to enjoy the beautiful setting of the northern Kenya landscape. Complete the day with sumptuous dinner and overnight at the lodge. Full board.
Day 2 & 3: Samburu National Reserve
After breakfast, two full days of morning and afternoon game drives are planned for you. Your guide will display and explain the majesties of the reserve such as Ewaso Nyiro River which rises some hundreds of kilometres to the west on the foothills of the Aberdares and which vanishes beyond Samburu in the recesses of the Lorian Swamp. Animals commonly seen in Samburu National Reserve include elephants, lions, cheetahs, gerenuks, buffalos, grants gazelles, giraffes, dikdiks and waterbucks. There are over 350 varieties of birds. These include the famous Somali Ostriches (distinguished by their unique purple/blue legs during mating season), kingfishers, humming birds, eagles, guinea fowls and vultures. Optional activites include a visit to a local Samburu village, camel riding and guided nature and bird walks. Guests return to the lodge late afternoon and complete the day with sumptuous dinner and overnight at lodge. Full
Day 4: Departure
Early morning game drive, breakfast at the hotel then check out and return back to Nairobi for your flight back home.