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The most popular park in northern Kenya, Samburu's dominant feature is the Ewaso Ngiro River, which slices through the otherwise bone-dry country.

The most popular park in northern Kenya, Samburu's dominant feature is the Ewaso Ngiro River, which slices through the otherwise bone-dry country. The river acts as a magnet for thirsty animals, and large numbers of elephants, Grevy's zebras, giraffes, and lions gather along the riverbanks.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $730
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 3 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Kenya Kenya
Parks visited: Samburu, Buffalo Springs
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Romantic
  • Camping
  • Birding
Our Kenya 3 Days Samburu Safari takes us to Samburu National Reserve –The most popular park in northern Kenya, Samburu’s dominant feature is the Ewaso Ngiro River, which slices through the otherwise bone-dry country. The river acts as a magnet for thirsty animals, and large numbers of elephants, Grevy’s zebras, giraffes, and lions gather along the riverbanks. Samburu National Reserve The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisa oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five). The reserve is also home to elephants and large predators such as the lion, leopard, and cheetah. Kamunyak the miracle lioness that adopted the baby oryx was as a resident in the reserve. Wild dog sightings are also a common attraction to this unique protected area. Birdlife is abundant with over 450 species recorded.

Day 1: Nairobi - Samburu

07:30 hrs. – Your driver/guide will pick you up from your Nairobi hotel, residence or Nairobi airport. Then we’ll head out in our 4 x 4 Jeep or van over Kenya’s central highlands enjoying views of small, local coffee, tea, sisal and pineapple farms.

We’ll also pass the imposing form of Mt. Kenya, the pride of our country and its tallest peak.

We’ll arrive at the reserve in the afternoon and tour the three parks and their varied environments.

A major landmark at the border between Samburu and Buffalo Springs is the Ewaso Ngiro River which is a lifeline for the parks’ wildlife. It also creates an unexpected corridor of green forest along its path, breaking up the more arid look of the reserves.

Here we’ll find wildlife from the neighboring reserves gathering to drink at the river’s nourishing banks. The river is also home to hippos, crocodiles and some of the many varieties of birdlife found in the parks.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Samburu Samburu Camp

 

Day 2: Samburu Full Day 

We’ll meet the new day with a game drive to look for lion, leopard, cheetah and whoever else might show up in the dawning light.

Following the path of the Ewaso Ngiro River, we’ll be on the lookout for elephant, buffalo, and some of the more entertaining wildlife like dik-dik, warthog and the olive baboon.

Samburu is also known as one of the two regions where conservationist Joy Adams raised Elsa the Lioness, later made famous in the book and movie, Born Free.

Here too, are the Samburu people, closely related to the Maasai, an indigenous, pastoral group, who have inhabited this region for eons.

As always on our safaris, be as active as you wish or relax at your safari accommodation.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Samburu Samburu Camp

 

Day 3: Samburu - Nairobi 

Our final morning in the park will give us opportunities to add more wildlife sightings to our checklist. But not all the park’s animal activity is limited to mammals. Samburu hosts over 350 species of birdlife including kingfisher, vulture, guinea fowl, egret, falcon and eagle. You’ll have plenty to keep watching for on the land, in the springs and overhead.

We’ll enjoy another game drive as we exit the park on our journey back to Nairobi.

Heading back to the city, we’ll break up the drive with a stop for lunch.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Accommodation: Samburu Samburu Camp.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Samburu Sopa Lodge – Located inside the Samburu National Reserve in Northern Kenya, Samburu Sopa lodge is built atop high ground allowing panoramic views of the vastness of Samburu shrub land and the hills beyond. The lodge is built to reflect the architectural heritage of the local communities whose sons and daughters make up the majority of the workforce at the lodge. Fifteen cottages, each with two bedrooms are built in an arch formation on either side of the public areas to surround the waterhole but leaving a wide gap to allow the animals free movement to the water.
  • Ashnil Samburu Camp– is a luxury tented set in the spectacular backdrop drop of the Mighty Ol Olokwe mountain fronting Ewaso Nyiro River. The 30 exclusive luxury Tents are spread out along the shady banks of the river under a thick stand of doum Palms.
  • It features an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun lounges, a garden and a Lounge bar offering views of the
  • Ashnil Samburu Camp
  • African savannah. Each tent features a decked Terrance with views of the Ewaso Nyiro River. The restaurant offers views of the river and serves a variety of menus comprising of Oriental, traditional and international cuisines. A range of activities are available on request and comprise of game drives, Nature Walks and a cultural visit to the Samburu village, bush meals like bush lunch/dinner and sundowners.
  • Elephant Bedroom Camp – The surrounding Samburu National Reserve is an area of spectacular scenery; its dry plains bisected by the meandering river, with the backdrop of Africa’s dramatic mountains, including Mt Kenya. The 14 spacious tents have rustic and colorful African touches, offering all the comforts; including a private plunge pool on the deck, hot and cold running water, electricity (and complimentary herbal shower and bath products.)​ The lounge and dining area is decorated with vibrant safari style, its soft intimate lighting assuring that this is the ultimate place to relax in between exciting game drives. Elephant, Monkeys, Impalas are amongst the camp’s many regular wild visitors, whilst Samburu National Reserve has a good number of lions and leopards and offers the opportunity to see many species endemic to northern Kenya.

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