Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

With unique vistas of rugged hills and undulating plains, the landscape of Samburu is what many picture when they think of the African wilderness. With a mix of arid grassland with riverine forest and swamp, a game drive at Samburu offers opportunities to see many different kinds of wildlife, including elephants, reticulated giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, lions, Somali ostriches, hyenas, countless antelope and gazelle species, and more.

Nearby villages offer the opportunity to learn about the local Samburu, cousins of the Maasai who traditionally raise goats and sheep for their livelihood. The Samburu are known as dynamic speakers and for their bright beadwork.

Several tented camps in the park offer visitors fresh air and close access to wildlife without sacrificing comfort. Most tents are permanent, having wooden floors, complete bath facilities, and electrical outlets for charging cell phones and camera batteries. From the comfort of your deck, watch elephants bathe on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River. This river connects Samburu to the neighboring Shaba National Reserve, which provides a startling contrast to Samburu with its dry, desert landscape. Navigate the river by canoe or kayak to gain a deeper appreciation of the flora and fauna living in and around it.

The beauty of Samburu is just a small part of what makes Kenya so special.

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