Samburu National Reserve
Samburu national reserve is a vast expanse of remote pristine wilderness and is inhabited by iconic wildlife and a tranquil ambiance blankets this wildlife haven. Located in the North of Laikipia, one of the less-visited regions in Kenya, this reserve promises an authentic wilderness experience.
The three national reserves of Buffalo Springs, Samburu and Shaba form a big block of conservation area in the remote Central Northern Kenya. The lifeline of these reserves is the Ewaso Ngiro River. They occupy Isiolo and Samburu Districts, the home to the pastoralists’ communities of the Boran, Gabra and the Samburu of Kenya. Here the north meets the south. These reserves are unique in that you can view the Southern and northern dwelling species co-exist, hence the term north meets the South. Samburu national reserve is the natural home to the Samburu special five, not much common like the “Big five” but really exciting and unique to sight, and only found in the Northern part of Kenya. This refers to the area immediately after crossing the Equator in Nanyuki. So who are the Samburu special five? They include the Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk and Somali Ostrich.
Samburu National Reserve is found in northern Kenya promises an authentic wilderness experience.
The original homeland of the Samburu people, this arid terrain features northern Kenya’s biggest river, Ewaso Nyiro, quenching the thirst of the abundant wildlife that roam this reserve. The Samburu people were lured to this area due to the reliability of the Ewaso Nyiro that provides water for their livestock. The Samburu Reserve offers a safe haven for elephants. When it gets very dry the elephants tend to return to the Ewaso Ngiro River. The river flows through Samburu National Reserve, Shaba National Reserve and the Buffalo Springs National Reserve to the south.
Samburu elephants travel across the landscape, navigating from one area to another through thin strips of land called corridors. Their journey through these corridors is often threatened by encounters with humans and vehicles.