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Samburu Safaris

Safaris in Samburu National Park

Samburu National Reserve lies 325 kilometres north of Nairobi in the scorching and arid fringes of the arid northern region of Kenya. Straddling the muddy Ewaso Nyiro River, Samburu is probably one of the most picturesque parks of northern Kenya. It lies in the location of the semi-nomadic Samburu tribe, a place of thorn bush open plains and vast horizons which provide safari visitors with a taste of the romance of a typical African desert in Kenya. Its terrain, wildlife and vegetation are quite diverse to the lush rolling grasslands of other parks. Samburu National Reserve is a spot for leopard, lion, elephant and crocodile.

Samburu is renowned for its all year round game viewing due to its proximity to the shaded banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River. It is relatively undiscovered and as this kind of might be a unique travel safari experience. As mentioned prior to some of one of probably the most unique animals could be found in this Kenyan region. Rarities including the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, and Beisa Oryx all make their residence in the region.

All these animals are worth seeing and cannot be seen in other areas of Africa or Kenya. Making this region part of your safari can really add excitement to your holiday. It is feasible to also find leopards in the rocky hillside of the area. One of the other attractions that cannot be missed is the sight of elephants bathing in the Ewaso Nyiro River. There are usually huge batches of elephants to be seen here.
The landscape of Samburu is amazingly severe and scenic for such a small location due to the richness of various land characteristics. The diversity and elegance of the landscape is

certainly one of the things that set apart the area from other parts of Kenya.
You’ll be able to expect to see not just the river but deep gorges and waterfalls. You are able to find lots of hills and plains as well as some water springs to get enjoyment from. There are also large and small swamps that entice a plethora of diverse wildlife.
The smallness of Samburu only relates to the physical size of this Kenyan retreat. The richness of wildlife and landscape are in no way small and can provide vistas of landscape beauty as well as the beauty of wildlife living in their natural habitat. A safari in this region is an Africa safari you wouldn’t soon forget. The rare animals and the sheer beauty of the land bolstered by the year-round comfort are what attract safari travellers to this varied and special African wildlife refuge. A Samburu safari is definitely a unique experience.


Day One: Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi
Arrive at Nairobi Airport; have the overnight to Nairobi at the hotel of your choice.

Day Two: Drive north across the equator to the Samburu National Reserve about 350 km. Go for afternoon game drives. Overnight at Samburu Game Lodge

Day Three:  Wake-up to a buffet breakfast before departing for the early morning game drives. Retire for lunch at the lodges and prepare for the late afternoon game drives in this open savannah which is traversed by the Ewaso Nyiro River where you can not miss the sight of giant crocodiles and hippos. Overnight at Samburu Game Lodge

Day Four: Head southward to Aberdare National Park about 215 km where you reach in time for lunch at Outspan Hotel. Spend a luxury overnight at Treetops

Day Five: An early morning transfer to Outspan Hotel for breakfast. Stroll into the Great Rift Valley and further for an afternoon game drive in the afternoon in Lake Nakuru National Park. Overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge

Day Six: After breakfast and head to Nairobi for your departure flight


Samburu Safari Lodge: Opened on July 13, 1963, Samburu Safari Lodge is the main lodge, nestled on the Ewaso Nyiro River bank with a background of rugged terrain. The Lodge boasts dramatic wilderness from a world of fascinating perspectives. Its guest rooms are decorated using the finest materials and fabrics and uniquely spread up and down the river in various sizes of cottages and bandas, with a mixture of decor styles. All guest rooms, cottages and suites have ensuite bathrooms, and some have verandas overlooking the river. Several activities can be arranged at the lodge including morning game drives, walking safaris with skilled Samburu guides, camel rides, and raft trips when the river is high.


Ashnil Samburu Camp: Located 345km from North of Nairobi and approximately 5-hour drive and 12km from Ngare Mara Gate. Contact: www.ashnilhotels.com/
Bedouin Camp
: This cottage facility is nestled on the white sandy banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River in the Northern Frontier District of Kenya. Contact: www.bedouin-camp.com/
Elephant Bedroom Camp
: This is a twelve luxury tented camp situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River.
Larsens Camp
: This is a small exclusive camp set in lush lawns on the bank of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve. It lies 320 km north of Nairobi.
Saasab Lodge
: The Lodge is perched above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, capturing panoramic views across the culturally rich Samburu land and Laikipia plateau.
Samburu Intrepids Camp
: It is a luxury tented camp in the midst of the rugged and savagely beautiful semi-arid desert of northern Kenya. Its deep location inside the Reserve guarantees visitors close encounters with the wildlife.
Samburu Serena Lodge
: This safari lodge is located on the fertile banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in the centre of the Samburu Game Reserve. Serena Safari Lodge organises great Safari itineraries into Samburu Contact: www.serenahotels.com/serenasamburu
Samburu Sopa Lodge
: It is set on a hilltop in the middle of the northern part of the Reserve offering perfect proximity to hundreds of elephants. Nearby is the new Oryx airstrip.


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