GUIDE ON SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE IN KENYA
By finding successful strategies for balancing the needs of their people with wildlife protection, the Samburu have molded a wilderness that is home to some of the most threatened species in Kenya, Africa and the world. As you travel through Samburu wilderness with AfricanMecca (read more on where to stay), you will see how the diverse terrain transitions from rolling plains to volcanic remnants.
The vegetation is concentrated along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the primary source of water in the reserve. Although this mighty river normally courses through the reserve without impedance, the waters stop during the most extreme droughts. When this happens, the animals and communities depend on the Isiolo River that the reserve shares with neighboring Buffalo Springs National Reserve.
You may not expect to see wildlife in such a stark landscape, but Samburu is home to an abundance of animal species. The most notable and sought after are known as the Samburu Special Five – Somali ostrich, grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx.More common mammals are grant’s gazelles, impalas, waterbucks, dik diks, olive baboons, elephants, warthogs, hippos and many others.
These prey animals support an active population of carnivores, including lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, leopards, to name a few, and you may even sight the powerful African wild dogs that have been recorded in the reserve. During your nature walk, ask your guide to help you locate signs of the critically endangered pancake tortoise.
Feathered creatures number over 450 species, including species from the riverine forests and northern bush. During your birding tour in Kenya with AfricanMecca, your Samburu guide will help you identify diverse sunbirds, bee-eaters, kingfishers, woodpeckers, hornbills and many other avi-fauna including birds of prey like palm-nut vulture, verreaux's eagle-owl, Egyptian vulture, lappet-faced vulture etc.
Imagine the excitement of sighting a vulnerable species, such as great egrets, African darters, white-headed vultures, yellow-billed ox-peckers and martial eagle. We recommend that you enjoy every aspect of Samburu Reserve with expertly guided game drives, nature walks and birdwatching trips. The Samburu people have worked diligently to ensure the success of the reserve, so we also recommend that you plan time to visit the local villages and interact with the community.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SAMBURU
We recommend Sasaab, Saruni Samburu and Elephant Bedroom Camp to guests who desire the best location and guides, luxurious quarters with elegant design elements, limited number of boutique rooms.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN SAMBURU
Explore the natural beauty at Samburu during your bush trip to Kenya. The reserve offers a high diversity of flora and fauna, both large and small, which you can discover in its striking landscape.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT SAMBURU
The long dry season from July to October is the best time to visit Samburu. You enjoy sunny, blue skies with almost no rain. Water sources are limited so the animals congregate along the Ewaso River.
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Dear Altaf, The itinerary you helped us set up was perfect in showcasing it as it allowed us to experience 3 completely different landscapes (Samburu, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara). Thank you...
Wee Siang Neo & John Lau - Singapore
Jambo, Asante Sana! I just wanted to thank you both for a marvellous trip to Africa on our honeymoon. It was everything we hoped for. We saw all of the BIG FIVE. Our favourite place was the Samburu..
Regan and Brad Bewick - Manitoba, Canada
We are writing to tell we really had a great safari experience in Samburu during our Earthwatch Volunteer Project. The Samburu was wonderful and the game drives were a dream come true.
Sabine, Michael and Yana Schwarze - Hamburg, Germany
Dear Raza, I want to thank you and your team in Kenya for enabling my daughter and me to once again experience a series of fantastic game drives, safaris in Samburu, and two locations in the Masai Mara.
Larence Seigford and Laura Stinson - Florida, United States
This is to let you know my guests, The Bryant's, had a wonderful time on the trip Samburu, Masai Mara/Kenya, Chobe/Botswana & Victoria Falls/Zambia. Everything was perfect! Thank you..
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Jambo Altaf and Raza! We are back on earth now after our fabulous honeymoon. This is to say THANK YOU so much for organising a week in Kenya that we will never forget.....!
Dr Krina Zondervan, Oxford University - United Kingdom
Dear Raza, Wow. Incredible. Amazing. Exhilarating. You planned it to perfection. The places I stayed, the people who worked there, the food, the tours, the parks (Samburu is my favorite).
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR SAMBURU IN NORTHERN KENYA
When visiting Samburu National Reserve, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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