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Samburu Game Reserve

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About Samburu Game Reserve

The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya. It is 165 km2 in size. It is located in Samburu District of the Rift Valley Province.

There is a wide variety of animal and bird life seen at Samburu National Reserve. Several species are considered unique to the region, including dry-country animal life. All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos.

There are over 350 species of bird. They include Somali Ostrich, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Sunbirds, Bee-eaters, Marabou Stork, Tawny Eagle, Spur fowl, Secretary Bird and Yellow-billed Hornbill among many others.

The Ewaso Ng’iro River contains large number of Nile crocodile.

The Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best-selling book and award winning movie “Born Free”.

The Samburu National Reserve is also the home of Kamunyak, a lioness famous for adopting Oryx calves.


  • Game viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Carmel Rides
  • Cultural visits
  • Nature walks
  • Adventurer’s club

Safari Highlights

Samburu National Reserve’s accommodation is ideally perched beside the stunning Ewaso Nyiro River which gives life to the reserve. Crossings of elephants, giraffes and camels are common sightings as well as bush meals and sundowners cocktails at beautiful spots.

All the properties are awesome and we recommend Elephant Bedroom Camp which is our favourite, Samburu Simba Lodge and Samburu Intrepids which offers the best attention, facilities and activities for families. All these properties are well perched in beautiful locations where the weather is cooler for stays in Samburu where temperature can soar very high.

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