Samburu National Reserve Kenya

Samburu National Reserve is a big 5 haven set in the motherland of Samburu, a tribe of cattle keepers found in a semi-arid corner of Kenya. A visit to this wildly beautiful and mountainous highland offers a nice change from the usual wildlife.

Samburu National Reserve

Samburu National Reserve

It’s “Special Five” include dry-country specials like Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx, all of which are readily seen. One of the biggest highlights of Samburu is the sight funny looking gerenuk standing on their hind legs in search for food.

On the South, Samburu’s harsh environment is neighbored by Ewaso Ng’iro, a river that sustains wildlife during dry season. It owes its constant flow of water to the glaciers melting from Mount Kenya. You can drive to here and pick up a fair amount of game, elephants, lions, buffalos and leopards. As they drink water, their eyes are always glued on large crocodiles basking in the sun.

After drinking water, they retreat to shade of graceful drum palms and riverside acacias as they wait for the sun to cool down.

Bird watching

Samburu is prolific birdlife sanctuary with lots of hornbill species, martial eagle and pygmy falcon, Rosy-patched bush-shrik, Bare-eyed thrush, Secretary bird, Greater kestrel, White-headed moosebird, Mariqua sunbird. The park has over 390 recorded species.

Best time to visit

If you prefer to visit when the park is less dusty, the wet season from October to May is a better bet. During this time, the park is greener.