Samburu National Park derives its name from a tribe –Samburu of people in Kenya who lived in that area for many years. The Samburu National Park is a rough and semi-desert park located along Samburu district in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. Its coverage is approximated to be 104 square Kilometers (approx. 65sq. miles) in size. The park is a savannah grassland with a rough distance of about 350km (217 miles) from Nairobi. Samburu National Park is relatively small in size compared to other Kenyan parks, such as Tsavo or Masai Mara. The Park is located next to the homes of the Samburu tribe of Kenya. This is the pastoral and nomadic tribe situated in remote culture. Because of its remote distance and the fact that it was inaccessible for many years, the park has retained its naturally serene and quiet feeling. Apart from numerous wildlife found in this game reserve, the park is also a bird sanctuary.

The reserve is blessed with the Uaso Nyiro River which cuts through it. This river draws a big population of animals to the park. The park’s topography is mainly open savannah (grassland) with clusters of acacia trees, thorn trees, forests and grassland vegetation. It was this park among two in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness. Their story becomes famous by the popular book and award-winning movie called “Born Free ”. The game reserve is famous for its occasional unique species of animals namely: the long necked gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and Beisa oryx. On very rare occasions, the elusive Kenya leopard visits the park, especially during the evening’s time. Other wildlife present in the park includes cheetahs and lions, as well as the herbs which include elephants, buffalo and hippos. The park has a plentiful birdlife sanctuary which boasts over 350 different species of birds including vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, Somali ostriches, guinea fowl and others.


Game Viewing:

Game viewing is serviced in the southern part of the park. While being in this area, you will be guaranteed to see most of the animals found in Samburu National Park, namely: leopards, cheetahs, lions, buffalo, impalas, hippos, and dik-diks, as well as the native gerenuk, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and Beisa Oryx. You are guaranteed to see most animals during the dry season as they converge at the Usaso Nyiro River, their main source of water during the long dry weather. Elephants are also spotted during this time, and you can watch the Nile crocodiles swim in the river.

Bird Viewing:

Bird viewing at Samburu National Reserve will be a very unique intervention to you. The Samburu National Reserve is regarded as a paradise for bird lovers, with over 350 species of birds already recorded. You will enjoy a colorful assortment of birds such as vultures, kingfishers, marabous, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches and many more.

Samburu Cultural Tours: 

While being at Samburu National Reserve, you will be given the opportunity to visit the local Samburu villages where you will get a chance to interact with the colorful Samburu people in their traditional setting and experience their culture. This will be your good opportunity to purchase traditional Samburu souvenirs, art and collectibles.