Samburu National Reserve is located northeast of Laikipia in northern Kenya. It covers an area of just 165km² and its relatively small size means that your game drives focus on spotting wildlife, rather than driving long distances in search of animals.
The Ewaso Nyiro River flows through this semi-desert reserve, providing a source of water that is essential to the survival of the surrounding wildlife.
You may not expect to see many animals in such a stark, arid landscape, but Samburu is home to an abundance of wildlife, such as elephants, grant’s gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, dik diks, olive baboons and warthogs.
Lions, cheetahs and leopards are frequently spotted, whilst hippos and Nile crocodiles can be seen in the Ewaso Nyiro River.
The reserve attracts wildlife enthusiasts who want to see animals that aren’t found in Kenya's more well-known parks and reserves, such as the 'Samburu Five' - Somali ostrich, grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx.
As well as excellent wildlife sightings a visit to the Samburu National Reserve also offers opportunities to enjoy activities such as bush walks, visits to local villages and guided treks up Mount Ololokwe.