- Samburu National Reserve
Samburu National Reserve Safari
Set in Kenya’s less-visited arid northern savannahs, the Samburu Reserve offers a different but equally rewarding experience to the more famous Masai Mara.
A Samburu safari takes you into a diverse landscape of open grassland, palm groves and thick riverine forest. Wildlife here ranges from the familiar – elephants, buffalo and hippo – to animals you won’t see anywhere else in Kenya, showcased by the Samburu “Big 5”: Grevy’s zebra; the long-necked gerenuk; reticulated giraffe; besia oryx; and Somali ostrich. Samburu is a good for predators too: all the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – are resident and it is one of the few places in Kenya where visitors may see African wild dog.
A Samburu safari offers other opportunities to interact with the environment and its people. You can explore by mountain bike and on foot – or even from the back of a camel. And with around 450 recorded bird species, the bird watching is excellent. Guided visits to local Samburu communities can be arranged and there are opportunities to sit back in the evening and be entertained by traditional song and dance.
Generally a fly-in destination, the Samburu Reserve makes a great addition to a larger safari itinerary in Kenya. There is a wide range of accommodation both in the reserve and on adjoining private concessions; some are family-friendly and offer kids programmes and larger chalets; other lodges are smaller and more discreet – perfect for honeymooners and romantic travellers. Several lodges are extremely luxurious, complete with wellness spas, swimming pools and internet access to ensure every comfort.
Talk to Safari Online about a Samburu safari and we’ll recommend the best tour and accommodation for your budget and interests. We have a range of safaris that combine Samburu with Kenya’s classic safari destinations such as the Masai Mara and Amboseli National Park. We can also tailor-make an itinerary for you, combining Samburu with your choice of safari destinations in Kenya and across East and Southern Africa.