SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVERift Valley Province of Kenya
Samburu National Park is an important conservation area lying to the west of the Great North Road around 100bkm north of Mount Kenya in Central Kenya.
A visit to Samburu is one of the iconic experiences in Kenya. This far north the land is hot and arid, providing an hypnotic collection of semi-desert landscapes. The area provides a wonderful contrast with the more heavily watered areas such as the Maasai Mara.
- Scrubby, open bush country is the dominant theme of the reserve
- Game drives follows the winding, sandy tracks close to the river,
- The river determines the character of the reserves’ plant life,
- The camel-, cattle- and goat-herding Samburu people- Maasai
Critically the reserve is watered by the modest Ewaso Ngiro River, which winds its way through otherwise parched acacia scrub and sparse grasslands, fringed by a shock of verdant hardwood forests and characteristic doum palms.
The river and its fringing woodlands make it possible for a wide range of wildlife to survive and thrive in this otherwise harsh environment. As well as many of the usual suspects. Samburu is home to some of less familiar species which are characteristic of the area, notably including imperial zebras, gerenuks, reticulated giraffes and Somali ostriches. There is also a good range of predators, including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas.