NATIONAL PARK Accommodation-Safari Lodges, Hotels, Tented Camps.
Samburu National Park
also called Samburu
Reserve is safari holiday destination, whose attraction is
defined by the unique culture of the local people (the Samburu) and
unique animals. Being slightly to the North of the Equator,
Samburu is true melting point of the Northern and Southern
Hemispheres. Samburu and the adjacent reserves of
Buffalo Springs and Shaba are characterized by a myriad of
characters found to the North and South of the Equator. In this
region Grevy's Zebra (predominantly northern species)
shares pastures with the southern dwelling Common (Burchell's)
Zebra. Besides the Grevy's Zebra, other unique species
endemic in the region include the Somali Ostrich with blue shanks
and neck), the Reticulated Giraffe, and the long necked Gerenuk
usually referred to as the giraffe gazelle due to its long neck and
the Beisa Oryx.
Samburu game reserve is not just
another of Kenya's National Park. It 's unique position
surrounded by numerous private and community ranches, makes it an
destination full of adventure, luxury and elegance beyond
imagination. In the vicinity are Prince William's hide
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and
Rutundu Log Cabins.
is no longer a big issue or visitors to Samburu. Frequent patrols by
rangers and scouts have reduced poaching and improved security.
You can visit Samburu anytime of the year.
Accommodation in Samburu National Park;
Samburu National Park/
Reserve has a variety of accommodation facilities to suit
different categories of travelers. Safari lodges, luxury tented
camps and public camps caters for luxury, mid range and budget
holiday makers. Luxury safari lodges in Samburu National park
include- Samburu Serena Lodge, Samburu Siba Lodge, Samburu Saruni
Lodge, Sasaab Lodge and Samburu Sopa Lodge. Elephant bedroom is an
exclusive tented camp for those interested in elephant and lion
tracking. Other tented camps include Samburu Intrepids,
Bedouin Camp and Larsen's Camp. One can also stay at Joy's
Camp in the nearby
Shaba National Reserve.
Safari Lodges in Samburu National Park
Top on the list of
properties found in Samburu is the Samburu Serena Lodge. A
property of Serena Lodges and Hotels, the samburu serena is
currently under renovations.
Samburu Simba Lodge
Samburu Simba lodge is
overlooks Buffalo springs and the Uaso Nyiro River. Guest rooms have
a fantastic views over the plains teaming with elephants,
reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, Beisa orynx and long-necked
gerunuk and other animals. The comprise of Seven villas of ten
rooms each – six on the ground floor and four on the first floor of
which two rooms are interconnected. Lodge Facilities: 2 swimming
pools, Pool side bar, Safes available at the reception, Telephone
calls through the operator, Television – satellite TV: CNN, BBC
Super Sport at Ibis Pub, Doctor on call, Health Club, Laundry
Attractions/ Activities Things to do in
Samburu National Park
Day and night game
Visits to local
Maasai, Samburu, Turkana and Boran homesteads
Camel and horse riding
in the private ranches
Nature walks conducted
by local Maasai/ Samburu warriors
River rafting when
season permits in Ewaso Ng'iro river
Nature walks to the
Ngare Ndare and Makogondo forest conducted by the local guides
Aerial safaris in some
of the lodges.
Events like Lewa
safaricom Marathon, Maralal Camel Derby
Swimming either in the
lodges or numerous private houses.
Game viewing on camel/
horse back in the ranches
Exploring Il lolokwe,
Mathews Range (Nyiro Ndoto Mountains) mountains
Camping in open skies,
bush meals and sundowners in the private/community ranches.
The Giraffe Gazelle-Gerenuk
How long you stay in
Samburu depends on what you intend to do. You can spare three
nights with one night in private or community ranches and the rest
in the parks. We can suggest a programme depending on how long
you want to stay.
Ewaso Ng'iro River:
Rising from Mt. Kenya and
Aberdare , The Ewaso Ng'iro River is the lifeline of the three
Reserves of Buffalo Springs, Shaba and Samburu. The river
banks are colonized by grooves of Doum Palms and thick forest which
acts as areas of refuge for animals during long spells of drought.
The River disappears in Lorian Swamp at Habaswein in North Eastern
Province. The continued existence of the three reserves is
threatened by the continued destruction of Mt Kenya and Aberdare,
the river's catchments. Vast chunks of Mt Kenya forest have
been incised to pave way for agriculture hence tributaries like
Nanyuki, Sirimon and Timau have almost dried up.
Established in 1962, Samburu
Reserve occupies an area of 165km square. The origins of Samburu can
be traced to 1948 when it was park of the greater Marsabit National
Reserve. The greater Samburu Conservation area includes local
community group ranches like Il Gwesi, Motiok , and
private ranches like Lewa, Borana,El Karama, Mugie, Loisaba.
The area experiences hot
and dry climate of the equatorial region with cool nights.
Temperatures ranges from 20-30 degrees Centigrade. Samburu
receives about 350mmof rainfall. The natural vegetation is
scrub glassy plains dominated by Acacia elator, Acacia
tortolise, Salvadora pesica.
Physical Features in Samburu Game Park:
The following features are
visible from Samburu National / Game Reserve Ewaso Ng'iro River, Nyiro Ndoto Mountains
(Mathews Range), Mt Kenya
Ol lolokwe hill
Samburu was the second home of lioness Elsa raised by Joy Adamason.
It is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for
adopting oryx calves.
Getting to Samburu
You can fly from Nairobi
Wilson to Samburu or you drive. Air Kenya Aviation operate
flights to Samburu. Being around 350 Km from Nairobi, the
drive to Samburu takes about 5 hours using private means.
From Nairobi take road A2 via Ruiru, Thika, Makutano, Karatina,
Marua, Chaka, Naro Moru, Nanyuki, Isiolo, Archers Post. See
the map above. Enlarge the map for clear directions.
The conservation of
Samburu as a national reserve would not have been possible without
the contribution of the local communities. A majority of the
locals are Samburu (cousins of the Maasai). Others to be found in
this region are the Turkana and the Borana.
Unlike the national park, human activities like cattle herding, bee
keeping etc are allowed in a reserve. Reserves are run by the
local governments unlike parks which belong to the central
The Richness Of
Samburu Reserve/ Attractions
The main attractions of
Samburu are the rich culture of the local communities, the beautiful
landscape and wildlife. This region is the meeting point of
the North and the South. It is in Samburu you will find the
Northern and Southern dwelling species mixed. A good example
are the grevy's Zebra which are found to the North of the equator
and the common Zebra. Others are the Maasai and the Somali
Unique species (Samburu
Five) in this
region include the Gerenuk (giraffe gazelle), Beisa Oryx,
Reticulated giraffe, blue necked Somali ostrich, Grevy's Zebra.
These are found to the north of the equator.
All the big cats-Lions,
Cheetah and Leopard are found here. Other mammals include
elephant, Buffalo, Grant's Gazelle, Kirk's Dik-dik, Impala, Waterbuck,
warthogs,On the river banks are hippos and Nile Crocodiles
Rhinos: Rhinos are
not present due to intense poaching. However if interested in
seeing rhinos, we advice one to visit either Meru National Park, Lewa Downs, Sweet Waters which are within the proximity of the park.
Grevy's Zebra: The original homeland of the Grvey's
included the plains and scrublands Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and
Eritrea. However to continued warfare in some of these
countries, overgrazing and agriculture, today this has reduced
significantly leaving small pockets of population( about) 2700
exists in the world. To more precise, it is like the only
remaining population is documented in Samburu region.
Birdlife: Over 350
species of birds have been recorded in Samburu. These include Somali Ostrich,
Kingfisher, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Bateleur, Vultures.
Game birds include the Helmeted and Vulturine Guinea fowls.