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This reserve is part of the ancestral territory of the colourful Samburu people, close relatives of the Masai, and harbours some of Africa’s rarest animals, as well as several hundred bird species.

Wildlife includes reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, beisa oryx, and the long-necked gerenuk, an elegant antelope that likes to stretch on its hind legs to find succulent leaves in the dry scrub. 

Lying on the fringe of Kenya’s vast, hot and arid northern region, Samburu’s rugged scenery, endless skies and vast panoramas create a stunning backdrop. This dramatic scenery is scorched for most of the year by the unsympathetic equatorial sun, but the wide swathe of the Ewaso Ng'iro River offers some relief. The riverbanks are lined with acacias, doum and fig palms, providing shade and sustenance to the visiting wildlife, and good numbers of Nile crocodile and hippo can also be seen along the sandbanks. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: beisa oryx, gerenuk, Grévy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Nile crocodile
  • Where: Northern Province, Kenya

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Elephant Watch

Observe elephants at close quarters on this specialist safari providing an opportunity to learn about their social structure in the company of expert Samburu naturalists. Spending four nights at the Elephant Watch Camp, you will participate in game drives and walks, birdwatching and bush picnics.

  • When to go: Jan-Mar, May-Jun, Jul, Aug-Oct, Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 7 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,945 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Samburu & Masai Mara Safari

This 9-day classic safari incorporates the renowned Samburu and Masai Mara National Reserves. Staying in three luxury lodges, explore the rivers and plains of the Great Rift Valley, while looking for herds of elephant, big cats and Samburu specialties including Grevy’s zebra and reticulated giraffe.

  • When to go: Jan-Mar, Jun-Oct, Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Elephant Bedroom Camp

Set in the spectacular Samburu National Reserve, the luxurious Elephant Bedroom Camp accommodates 12 guests in spacious tents along the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River. Decorated with rustic yet colourful African touches, each tent has a private plunge pool where guests can relax between safaris.