Samburu national reserve is on the edge of northern Kenya’s arid savannahs. A variety of animal can be view and over 350 species of bird. The Samburu National Reserve is a destination that will appeal as much to the safari first-timer as it will to the veteran.

In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng’iro flows through palm groves and thick riverine forests and this river gives life to both fauna and flora in the game reserve given the fact that the park is located in arid areas. Samburu’s game viewing is definitely adventurous and a must visit destination

The Samburu National Reserve Is certainly the home of conversationalist and naturalist and filmmakers. The game reserve was made famous by George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the lioness ,the bestselling book and award winning movie Born Free.


Situated alongside the EwasoNyiro River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the surrounding savannah plains. The reserve is rich in wildlife with an abundance of rare northern specialist species such as the Grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk and the beisaoryx. The reserve is also home to elephants and large predators such as the lion, leopard and cheetah.

Best time to visit

All year round.

Getting to Samburu National Reserve

The reserve can be accessed to by road from Nairobi through Isiolo on all weather road. The road section distance from Isiolo to Archer’s gate is 34.3 km by road. The air transport is also made possible by the availability of Oryx Samburu Airstrip.

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