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

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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Samburu National Reserve can feature in any of our Kenya itineraries that feature the North, and as all of our itineraries are tailor-made, we can customise any Kenya safari to include this incredible reserve. 

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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.

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