The Samburu National Reserve is a game reserve 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 1230 m above sea level
The park is open daily from 06:00Hrs to 18:00Hrs, year-round and always accessible.
December through March and July through October are the driest months and the best for visiting, but Samburu is also enjoyable in the wetter seasons.
The geography and climate of Samburu guarantees lots of wildlife viewing, especially during the dry season. It’s a bird lover’s paradise.
Take an easy river safari in an inflatable raft on the Ewaso Ng’iro.
The Samburu are a nomadic, herding people similar and related to the Maasai. They also dress in the same manner with blankets and beads. Visit a local Samburu village, meet the people, learn about their lifestyle and perhaps purchase some souvenirs of your experience.
Just south of Samburu Reserve on the opposite side of the Ewaso Ng’iro river lies Buffalo Springs, named for an oasis here. Similar wildlife can be found near an ancient lava terrace called the Champagne Ride.
To the east of Samburu and Buffalo Springs is Shaba Reserve. Greener than Samburu, the reserve is an area of dramatic forests, woodlands and volcanic formations, especially the Shaba Hill Volcano.
Despite its semi-desert appearance, Samburu is teeming with wildlife. You’ll find the reserve calm in character and yet plentiful in its many revelations. Don’t be surprised if you see more wildlife than visitors in this unique reserve.
Join us on safari to Samburu for a short visit from Nairobi or as part of a longer tour. We have safaris departing from Nairobi to Samburu and other prime Kenya Parks.