The Samburu safari provides a unique wildlife experience not found in any other park in Kenya. Animals like the Gerenuk, Grevy Zebra and Orynx can only be seen in this park. It is also home to the rare endangered Rothschild giraffe.
Located 340 kilometers from Nairobi in the semi-arid northern Kenya region lies the Samburu National Reserve. The game Reserves life line is the Ewaso Nyiro River that runs right through the park and provides life giving water to the parks wildlife.
Samburu is unique due to it hosting numerous wildlife species that cannot be found anywhere else in Kenya while at the same time hosting Africa’s big cats in abundance. The Ewaso Nyiro River is also host to lots of crocodiles and hippos.
The park is one of the three national reserves that are located in the same area. The other two being Buffalo Springs and Shaba National Reserves. Due to the amount of time it takes one to drive from Nairobi, you need at least 3 days and 2 nights in Samburu to be able to experience the natural wonders found here.
Though not as popular as its rivals in Masai Mara and Amboseli, Samburu will not disappoint and will provide a great haven away from the crowds in a natural setting for viewing wildlife.
The weather ranges from hot day times to cool nights so you need to pack some light clothes for the day and something warm for the nights.
Accommodations at Samburu vary from top of the range 5 star lodges and luxury camps to 3 star lodges but prices are reasonable.
Samburu Safari itinerary
Day 1: NAIROBI – SAMBURU
We pick you from your Nairobi Hotel at 7.00AM Drive through the central highlands where you can see coffee and tea plantations. On clear days you will be able to see the Aberdare Ranges and the snow peak of Mount Kenya. Have a stopover at the equator for a photo op. Drive on past Archers Post arriving Samburu at 1.00 PM.
You shall arrive at Samburu Ashnil Luxury Tented Camp to a warm welcome drink. Check in at the camp before proceeding to the dining hall for lunch. Have a short rest in your luxury tent before proceeding on an afternoon game drive. In the late afternoon return to the camp to freshen up before dinner and overnight at Samburu Ashnil Luxury Tented Camp.
Day 2: Full Day Samburu National Reserve
You have a full day viewing Samburu’s unique wildlife. After breakfast proceed on a game drive in the Buffalo Springs National Reserve where you can spot the endangered reticulated giraffe that can only be found at this park. View the thin blue legged stripped gravy zebras, Somali ostrich, the Beisa Oryx, antelope and the long necked gerenuk gazelles as they stand on 2 feet to feed on the tall acacia trees. Return to the camp for lunch before heading out in the late afternoon for a game drive. Return to the camp at sun set for dinner and overnight. In between game drives you may visit a Samburu village to learn of the Samburu tribe culture and traditions.
Note. Gratuities are given to the Samburu when you visit the village.
Day 3: SAMBURU- NAIROBI.
Head for a pre-breakfast game drive to try spot Samburu’s leopards, wild dogs and lions. You also see cape buffalos and many elephants. Return to the camp for breakfast. Check out from Samburu Ashnil Luxury Tented Camp the late morning and leave on a game drive for Nairobi arriving at 16.30 HRS where your driver will drop you off at your hotel.