Samburu National Reserve offers great game viewing; you will find four of the Big Five animals here. The Usaso Nyiro River is a converging spot for many animals during the dry season. There are a large number of leopards and big cats in the reserve, and other animals present include lesser kudu, gerenuk, Beisa oryx, Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe.
The reserve covers the semi-arid savannah area, featuring a riverine forest along Ewaso Nyero River and dry acacia scrub peppered with termite mounds. You’ll find the scenic Koitogor Hill right at the centre of the reserve.
Bird Viewing Haven:
Samburu is the home to colourful birds such as palm-nut vulture, lilac-breasted roller, secretary bird, northern red-billed hornbill, bateleurs, guinea fowl, Somali ostriches, yellow-billed hornbill, superb starling, kingfishers, marabous, and vultures. The reserve is a paradise for bird watchers.
Samburu Cultural Tours:
A visit to any of the local villages in Samburu offers you an opportunity to experience the lifestyle and culture of the people. You’ll find a variety of traditional collectables, art, and souvenirs to buy and take home for your friends and family.
The Land of Adamson:
The area houses four unique mammals that roam around the lodges in Samburu. You’ll discover the history of George and Joy Adamson, the oryx-adopting lioness, Kamunyak, and Elsa (the lioness of Born Free fame) here.
More About Popular Activities at Samburu National Reserve
The Mount Ol Lolokwe will take your five hours before you can conquer it through hiking. The reward is a magnificent view of Samburu.
The Lmuget Ceremony:
Just like the people of Maasai, the Samburu host the Lmuget ceremony every seven years when a moran (warrior) is initiated as an elder. It is an auspicious event.
Visit the Singing Wells:
Nothing prepares you to witness the Singing Wells activities in Samburu, where the thousands of livestock are called out to come and drink by the owners at the wells.
Enjoy a camel ride in Samburu especially along the river banks. There is a national camel derby that holds at Maralal.