Luxury Samburu Holidays

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Embark on a luxurious safari in Samburu for captivating wildlife encounters and immersive cultural experiences, igniting your wanderlust desires.

elephant_bedroom_camp_-_samburu_45__hakjxo Samburu is home to a thriving population of African elephants and unique Northern species

Nestled northeast of Laikipia in Kenya, Samburu National Reserve is a boutique oasis spanning 165km², where luxury meets untamed wilderness. Its semi-desert landscape is brought to life by the Ewaso Nyiro River, a vital artery sustaining a diverse array of wildlife. Amidst the arid beauty, elephants roam alongside graceful gazelles, while elusive leopards and majestic lions reign supreme.

What sets Samburu apart is its exclusive treasures—the 'Samburu Five': the Somali ostrich, regal grevy’s zebra, statuesque gerenuk, resplendent reticulated giraffe, and stately beisa oryx—drawing discerning travellers seeking unique encounters.

Beyond wildlife, Samburu offers immersive experiences, from cultural village visits to guided treks up Mount Ololokwe. Whether embarking on a leisurely bush walk or savouring panoramic vistas atop the mountain, every moment in Samburu is a testament to Africa's timeless allure.


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10 Day Luxury Kenya Safari Tour

10 Day Luxury Kenya Safari Tour

Samburu National Reserve, Masai Mara, Kenya South Coast

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Samburu & Masai Mara Safari in Kenya

Samburu & Masai Mara Safari in Kenya

Samburu National Reserve, Masai Mara National Reserve

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When to go to Samburu

Samburu offers an incredible safari experience year-round, although the best time to visit is during the dry season - from December to March or June to October – when you can expect clear skies and almost no rain. Water sources are limited during the dry months, so animals congregate along the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. You're likely to have some fantastic wildlife sightings with elephants, giraffes and impalas drinking from the remaining water, lions stalking their prey in the distance, and hippos and Nile crocodiles lurking in the muddy river.  

Samburu National Reserve is mostly dry and dusty, although there’s some vegetation in the areas near the river, which becomes particularly lush and green during the rainy seasons, from late March to May and late October to November.


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Where to stay in Samburu

The best luxury Samburu accommodation is located in the private conservancies outside of the Samburu National Reserve.

Our preferred camp is Saruni Samburu, located 7km from the reserve’s northern border. With six luxury villas offering spectacular views, Saruni Samburu is one of our favourite camps in East Africa. We also love Elephant Bedroom Camp, a 12-tented camp on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, where elephants are regular visitors.

Elephant Bedroom

Elephant Bedroom

Elephant Bedroom Camp enjoys an enviable location in the heart of Samburu National Reserve.

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Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu

Saruni Samburu is located at the heart of the Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy, tucked within t...

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