District of the Rift Valley Province - Kenya
National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso
Ng'iro River in Kenya. It is 165 km² in size and
350 kilometers/ 220 Miles north of Nairobi. This tiny
park is only 64 square miles but in its boundaries is
the best game viewing the North Country has to offer)
National Reserve - Kenya
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Game Reserve is
one of the lesser-known national parks, but is nevertheless
teeming with life. Situated alongside the Ewaso Nyiro
River, there is plenty to attract wildlife from the
surrounding savannah plains.
within ecological zone V – which is classified
as arid and semiarid with a moisture index of 42 to
57, which indicates that evapo-transpiration is greater
than available moisture. The days are extremely hot
while the nights are cool.
annual mean temperatures in Samburu
Game Reserve range
between 18º C and 30ºC, while the mean annual
rainfall is 345 mm with peaks in November and April.
dry season starts in late May, and goes up to early
October when a large concentration of wildlife is
found in the reserve due to availability of lush vegetation
along the Ewaso Nyiro River, the main source of water
to the Reserve and the nearby communities.
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
beisa oryx (also referred to as Samburu Special Five).
is also popular with a minimum of 900 elephants. Large
predators such as the lion, leopard and cheetah are
an important attraction (Kamunyak the miracle lioness
that adopted the baby oryx is a resident in the reserve).
Birds of Samburu
National Reserve has wild dogs sightings which
are a common attraction to this unique protected area.
Bird life is abundant with over 450 species recorded.
National Reserve has rich in game with many
rare species. Game includes Grevy’s zebra, Somali
ostrich, reticulated giraffe, gerenuk, beisa oryx,
elephants, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dogs and over
450 species of birds. Birds of the arid northern bush
country are augmented by a number of riverine forest
Lesser Kestrel and the Taita Falcon are species of
global conservation concern and they both utilize
the reserve. Five species categorized as vulnerable
have also been recorded in Samburu
are the African darter, great egret, white-headed
vulture, martial eagle and the yellow billed ox-pecker.
The critically endangered pancake tortoise (malacochersus
tornieri) is also found in the reserve.
National Reserve Seasons
Reserve's Temperatures reach 104°F (40°C)
in the day with a low of 68°F (20°C) at night
Reserve's Rainy Season
may rain anytime during the hot months of April to
June, then again in November and December. November
is usually the wettest month.
Reserve's Dry Season
through to March are very hot and dry, and again from
July to October. July is normally the driest month.
National Reserve Facts
: Several lodges
: 165 square kilometers
800 to 1230 m [2620 - 4035 ft]
from Nairobi : Road : 344 km's (5 hours)
: Gerenuk, crocodiles, storks, leopards
: In Rift
Valley Province , North of Nairobi
: Doum palms, acacia woodland and arid land
Various wildlife species and the colorful
Birds : Storks, weaver birds, martial
eagle, blue legged Somali Ostrich
National Reserve Highlights
are various activities that visitors can engage in
while residing at the reserve. These activities include:
game drives, bird watching, sundowners, bush breakfast,
nature walks, river rafting (depending on the river
water level) and the Samburu cultural experience
National Reserve Safaris & Tours
& Reservations for Samburu National Reserve Safaris,
Samburu Game Reserve Hotels, Lodges and Camps Contact:
Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871
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